R&B & Soul Tributes
R&B and Soul Tribute Bands
The smooth, sultry nature of R&B and soul music makes it an immediate emotional trigger for absolutely everyone and nothing better to create a special night of nostalgia for any occasion. R&B cover bands can deliver the melodic tones to set the mood for an intimate evening or a meaningful corporate event, and motown tributes can kick it up a notch to get the toes tapping. Whatever the vibe or the size of the crowd, BHI has an R&B tribute group for you.
The Roots of R&B
In the 1950s, R&B as we know it hit the scene, evolving from rhythm and blues: a marriage of the blues and rock and roll. It had previously been a predominantly African American style of music, but when Muddy Waters revitalized the genre in the early 50’s by influencing a quicker moving tempo with a higher energy level, the unique flair of R&B was created. Furthered by an interest in the genre in the UK, this new musical style spread quickly and gained tons of popularity. Fast forward to the 1960s and 70s, and soul music was born and incorporated into R&B, adding an emotional layer to the already moving melodies. Then, when artists like James Brown got their hands on it, a more danceable, synthesizer-heavy beat was added , paving the way for geniuses like Michael Jackson to bring the music mainstream with a more frenzied, rock-inspired version.
The Legends of Motown
In the late 1950s, Smokey Robinson and his band, The Miracles, were discovered as a combination of R&B and a doo-wop sound that gave way to the next couple of decades of soul. Other artists who then became legends, like Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Diana Ross and Lionel Richie then helped Motown evolve, creating an iconic history of music that will be remembered forever. The upbeat tones and harmonies that were created by some of the most successful groups in history are what make R&B cover bands so in demand today.
R&B and soul has continued to evolve into the unique sound it has today. The sleek style it has become includes a prominent drum backing supported by heavy jazz and rock and roll influences, mostly through its instrumentation and lush vocals. Hip hop has also played significantly into what R&B has become, giving it rich, gritty understones that play to a mainstream audience. This has allowed for such diversity in the genre to spread from classic power houses like Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey to modern stars like Beyoncé and Pink. With such rich roots, it’s no wonder that R&B continues to be one of the most popular genres of music and continues to produce fresh talent and renewed hype.
With so many layers to R&B music, it’s no wonder it appeals to everyone, making R&B event entertainment a sure choice. With classic elements mixed into modern vibes, your guests can groove to motown cover bands, swoon with Luther Vandross and Barry White or get down with James Brown and Jennifer Lopez. Let Booking House Inc find you the local R&B bands that will make your party a huge hit.
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