In Case You Missed It: Motown Night Raises Thousands of Dollars to Fight Hunger

 

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Motown Night Raises Thousands of Dollars to
Fight Hunger

by Leigh Ross

 
 
The YouChoose Band did it again! On Saturday, April 25th, they brought the house down with the hits of Motown.  If you
were there, you know how much fun we had!  The night revolved around the Motor City, the days of vinyl and the sound
that changed America.  From The Four Tops and The Temptations to the Jackson 5 and Stevie Wonder, the YouChoose
Band got us grooving to what Barry Gordy and the Funk Brothers started long ago. 
After a delicious barbecue dinner from Texas Smoke BBQ, the band got the night started with Lionel Richie’s All Night
Long
, reminding us that Motown still reigned in the 80s.  The lovely Joe McHale, of Frankie Canta and the DreaMakers,
shared his smooth voice on a few tracks including The Temptations’ My Girl, a request by the Bruger family.  Never
wanting to leave out the gentlemen, the band did a great rendition of Mary Wells’ My Guy with some help from their chic
backup singers, and Lisa Bremer’s cover of the Supremes’ Ain’t No Mountain High Enough got us up on our feet!  My
personal favorite performance of the evening was the song I requested in honor of my daughter. The amazingly talented
14 year old Maggie Cobin sang Stevie Wonder’s Isn’t She Lovely and nearly brought me to tears with her beautiful voice. On
this song, and others, Ken Zampella lent his supreme saxophone talent, adding some alto magic to an already outstanding
band performance.  The exceptional Joe Purdie kept us grooving on bass all night and made sure the band sounded excellent
as usual. To end the night, the crowd was on their feet dancing to Rare Earth’s I Just Want to Celebrate. And celebrate we did! 
After every YouChoose concert, I thank the performers for all they do and I every time I get a response that still blows me away. And Saturday was no different. “Thank YOU. We really love doing this, we’re so grateful to be a part of it.”  The band puts in a tremendous amount of time into rehearsing, arranging music, choosing harmonies, lugging around, setting up, and packing up their equipment and ultimately giving our audience an always extraordinary night of superb music and musicianship. It is all time they’ve volunteered, lending their talents and energies in support of CUMAC’s mission.  
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Of course, none of this would be possible without the brilliant Dave Philp. His joy is contagious and his generous spirit
humbles me.  He, and every band member, is truly of service in the work they do with Dave’s YouChoose band, using their
talents to lift others up, and I am inspired each and every time I’m lucky enough to witness their musical gifts in action.
If you weren’t able to join us on Saturday, I encourage you to make the next YouChoose event. We always have a great time,
feeding people and changing lives one song request at a time. Next up? Beatles 2.0! Save the date, April 23rd, 2016 and join
us to celebrate the British Invasion. You won’t want to miss this incredible night!
 Check out more photos from this year's Motown Night here

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