The wave of nostalgia for '70s culture that's overtaken us in the last few years has significantly rebuilt disco's reputation. Those of us who wish that it would do the same for that decade's slick soul music are the target audience for the '70s Soul Jam, an extravaganza of a half-dozen of the best oozy-voiced love bandits and love brokers from the era.
Slated for the show, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 31, at the Celebrity Theatre, are such acts as:
The Stylistics: The Philadelphia-based outfit -- once a quintet, it's now a trio, with lead vocalist Russell Tompkins Jr. -- fathered such hits as "You Make Me Feel Brand New" and "I'm Stone in Love With You."
The Dramatics: The Detroit group, perhaps best known for "Watcha See Is Watcha Get," also lent its vocals to "Doggy Dogg World" on Snoop Doggy Dogg's Doggystyle.
The Chi-Lites: As the name would suggest, this vocal group originated in Chicago. It's responsible for such crying-in-your-beer classics as "Have You Seen Her" and "Oh Girl," as well as the anthem "(For God's Sake) Give More Power to the People."
The Delfonics: Another Philadelphia crew, their 1970 hit was "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)?" 'Nuff said.
The Persuaders: The regrettably obscure New York group's major hit was 1971's "A Thin Line Between Love and Hate," probably more well-known for being covered by the Pretenders; similarly, the group's "Some Guys Have All the Luck" was made famous by Rod Stewart's cover.
The Intruders: The quintet is probably best known for its 1973 sentimental favorite "I'll Always Love My Mama," which recently accompanied way-too-cute footage of animal mothers caring for their babies in a Pampers TV ad in honor of Mother's Day.