The Phonics, Southern Illinois’ premier soul, Motown and funk band, will return to The Varsity on Saturday, Sept. 30, for a special engagement featuring Marvin Gaye tribute artist Kirk Hunter.
Hunter, who hails from Detroit, appears regularly in R&B tribute shows across the country and specializes in performing the music of Motown great Marvin Gaye. He has performed for several years at the Hot Hits Theatre in Branson, Missouri. Hunter’s style has been described as impeccably smooth with a vocal range from deep and mellow to a high falsetto.
Originally called The Soul Phonics, the band first made its mark in the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s in their hometown of Cairo and the surrounding region.
The band today is made up of original members Harry Williams, band manager, drummer and vocalist; Lee Carter on lead guitar and vocals; and Larry Wood on bass guitar. Other members include Wilma Carter on vocals, John Carter on keyboards, Shadi Frick and Chris Rigdon on saxophones, and Larry Robinson on trumpet.
For the Sept. 30 gig, original Soul Phonics member Charles Green will be playing congas.
The show is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30. Doors open at 6:45, when the Gallery Bar will begin serving beer, wine, select cocktails, soda and snacks.
Tickets are $15 and are available now at Plaza Records, 816 E. Main St., Carbondale, and online at thevarsitycenter.eventbrite.com. They will also be available at the door after 6:45 on the night of the show.
The Varsity Center is at 418 S. Illinois Ave., Carbondale. For more information on The Varsity and to keep up with upcoming events, go to www.thevarsitycenter.org.