By the time we walked into the Granada Saturday night, everyone was dancing. That’s what happens when some of the best musicians in the scene come together in a 10-piece+ band to commemorate one of the most celebrated musicians of their time.

The Curtis Mayfield Tribute was a good and long event, beginning with roughly two hours of various songs, followed by a performance of the β€œSuper Fly” soundtrack after the intermission. Longtime Lawrence musician Dave Shelton organized the tribute, and Joe Sears provided his smooth-as-hell vocal stylings. This guy didn’t even break a sweat, and he was enchanting to watch. Just a simple lift of his arm or wave of his hand drove everyone nuts. His slow struts across the stage were backed by a zealous horn section and lively percussionists. This was a night for celebrating, reflecting, and dancing.

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Fally Afani is an award-winning journalist with a career spanning more than 15 years in media. She has worked extensively in radio, television, newspapers, magazines, and more.

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