Valentine's Soul Jam

performances by Russell Thompkins Jr. and The New Stylistics, Heatwave, Bloodstone, Enchantment and The Intruders

Valentine's Soul Jam

performances by Russell Thompkins Jr. and The New Stylistics, Heatwave, Bloodstone, Enchantment and The Intruders

About Russell Thompkins Jr. And The New Stylistics

Raymond Johnson, who made his debut with the Stylistics as a guitar player, went on to become a singer and performed with them for 15 years. Raymond’s dedication and contribution to the original group continues as a valuable member of The New Stylistics, with Jonathan Buckson and James Ranton. It was destiny that brought the New Stylistics to Russell Thompkins, Jr. the connection was evident through their musical history. Russell Thompkins, Jr. & the New Stylistics exemplify ‘stylistic’ in the true sense of the word. Their goal is to continue the tradition that Russell Thompkins, Jr. spent 30+ years of his life creating, to be true to the music, and to consistently provide audiences, around the world, with outstanding performances.

About Heatwave

Heatwave is an international funk/disco band formed in 1975. Its most popular line-up featured Americans Johnnie Wilder Jr. and Keith Wilder (vocals) of Dayton, Ohio; Englishman Rod Temperton (keyboards); Swiss Mario Mantese (bass); Czechoslovak Ernest "Bilbo" Berger (drums); Jamaican Eric Johns (guitar); and Briton Roy Carter (guitar). They were known for their singles “Boogie Nights,” “The Groove Line” and “Always and Forever.”

About Bloodstone

Kansas City’s “BLOODSTONE” remains one of the soul music scene’s brightest and longest-burning light. Combining sophisticated vocals with elements of funk and rock; they are best known for the hit “Natural High.” Today they continue to expand themselves ceaselessly as Kansas City’s musical gift to the world. Their exemplary career has stood the test of time and their musical legacy is one that will continue to flourish for as long as there is a song to sing. 

About The Intruders

The World famous Intruders, renowned for their top ten multi-million selling classic “I'll Always Love My Mama” is still being played on radio stations around the world without failure every Mother’s Day also played on radio stations around the world are other tremendous hits by The Intruders such as “Together” (Top 10) , “Cowboys to Girls,” (Top 10), “I Wanna Know Your Name" (Top 10), “We’ll be United” (Top 20), and a number of other chart topping hits. The Intruders thrilled fans around the world for many years through a smooth blend of harmonies and unison that gave them their own unique style. Three of the four men who now make up The Legendary Intruders, were handpicked by the last performing original and founding member of the Original Intruders, the late Mr. Fred Daugherty.

About Enchantment

Smooth and melodious soul group Enchantment formed in 1967 in Detroit. Emanuel “E.J.” Johnson, Joe Thomas, Dave Banks, Ed “Mickey” Clanton, and Bobby Green obtained their first recording contract by winning first place in a 1969 talent contest. Enchantment later signed with the Roadshow label and recorded their self-titled debut album. The first single to hit the R&B chart from Enchantment (1977) was “Come On and Ride.” Later that year, the charismatic showmen received national acclaim with their second single, “Gloria,” that reached #5 on the R&B chart. The follow-up, “Sunshine,” peaked even higher at #3. As they rode that momentum, album number two, Once Upon a Dream (1978), produced the pleading “It's You That I Need,” a #1 R&B hit that reigned for four weeks. Still fronted by Johnson, the group continues to perform to this day.