LIMA — The sounds of rhythm and blues from the 1960s and ’70s will return Saturday with Soulful Sounds.
The show will feature seven acts with tributes to the Jackson 5, Martha and the Vandellas, The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Diana Ross and The Supremes. Performers range in age from 11 to 53 and were placed together by Lima native Clarence Zanders, who organized the event.
“I just scheduled an audition and set it out on Facebook, and word of mouth got around that I was looking for people to perform in the event,” Zanders explained. “I reached out to the community and people just came. It’s full of all Lima and surrounding area people.”
Zanders has been part of local theaters and other talent show productions in the area where he has connected with local talent as well. He has partnered with the Bradfield Community Center and Veterans Memorial Civic Center to produce the show.
“There’s great talent in Lima, especially among the areas area of singing, dancing and acting. The more opportunity you give people to use their gift, the better. It promotes that type of community and connecting with people,” he said. “It’s very important especially with the youth. I see a lot of sports doing well in the area with schools going to championships, but I think there’s a lack in art venues for them to use and express their gifts.”
June serves as African-American Music Appreciation Month, so Zanders wanted to use that as a platform to celebrate the specific ’60s and ’70s era.
“It was just a very special time in music. Different sounds were bring presented and formed,” he explained. “Music was one of the key things that brought people together, so I wanted to celebrate that as well.”
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