Originally created 08/11/00

Glittery soul era revisited

Polyester and platform shoes will be the order of the day when the Flashback Festival brings several slices of 1970s soul to the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

Tonight's showcase features some of the mirror-ball luminaries that fueled the funk fires of the disco era. Scheduled to appear are Evelyn "Champagne" King, BT Express, Confunkshun, Brick and the Brothers Johnson.

Ms. King, the lone representative of the diva contingent, is best remembered for her R&B double play in 1978. During that year, she scored two top 10 hits with Shame and I Don't Know If It's Right. Continuing to make music into the '80s, Ms. King enjoyed modest success with a string of dance tunes that included I'm in Love, Betcha She Don't Love You and Flirt.

Funksters BT Express came together in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1973, just as disco's star was on the rise, and disbanded in 1981 as its sun began to set. Featuring a muscular funk sound, the band's music became a mainstay in dance clubs and on the R&B and pop charts. Among its hits are Express and Shout It Out.

The oft-feuding brothers George and Louis Johnson, playing guitar and bass respectively, got their start playing on records for soul notables such as the Supremes, Billy Preston and Quincy Jones. Later, they formed their own group, the Brothers Johnson, and produced a string of hits, including Strawberry Letter 23 and Stomp! Lately, the Brothers have been appearing without Louis, making the name Brother Johnson a more accurate label.

Rounding out the bill are Confunkshun and Brick, both of whom contributed to the sound of the '70s. Confunkshun is best remembered for the bouncy dance track Chase Me, and Brick scored hits with the infectious Dusic and Ain't Gonna Hurt Nobody.

Reach Steven Uhles at (706) 823-3626 or suhles@hotmail.com.

On stage

What: Flashback Festival featuring Evelyn `Champagne' King, the Brothers Johnson, Brick, Confunkshun and BT Express

When: 8 tonight

Where: The Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center

Admission: $16 in advance, $21 at the door.

Phone 722-3521.


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