The Old School Cruise 2021 – STAR LINEUP
“More Bounce to the Ounce” “Slow and Easy” “Dance Floor” “Computer Love”
Zapp unleashes funky, high-energy music with a contagious groove built for dancing, loving and good times. Made up of masterful musicians who have been getting down together since the late 1970s, the group’s sizzling chemistry can be attributed to the fact that it has always been a joyful family affair. The band started with Lil Roger and Lil Lester in 1962, which became Lil Roger and His Fabulous Vel’s, grew into Roger and the Human Body from 1974-1978, then became a full-fledged movement as Zapp. Now bandleader Lester Troutman, Sr. (drums), Terry “Zapp” Troutman (talkbox/keyboards/bass), Bart Thomas (talkbox/vocals/keyboards/bass), Dale DeGroat (musical direction/keyboards/ vocals), Thomas Troutman (keyboards/vocals), Riccardo Bray (guitar) and Anthony Arrington (sax) join to carry on the legacy of a tight-knit group of expert players and funk, soul and party band pioneers. Vibrating with moog bass, electrifying guitar riffs and fresh, clever lyrics, the tight-knit group’s songs demonstrate a wicked sense of humor and an unmatched ability to tell colorful stories and write solid, memorable hooks.
“Fantastic Voyage” “Something About That Woman” “I Want to Hold Your Hand” “Your Love Is on the One”
Lakeside is a funk band, best known for their 1980 number one R&B hit, “Fantastic Voyage”. 1980s Fantastic Voyage, exceeded all expectations. Its eponymous single, “Fantastic Voyage” went to reach number one on the R&B charts. The tune remains the band’s biggest hit, also hitting the pop charts (their only hit to date to do so), where it peaked at number 55. Fantastic Voyage was certified Gold and remains the group’s greatest achievement. It eventually went Platinum. They followed this hit up with a remake of the Beatles’ song, “I Want to Hold Your Hand”, which made the R&B Top Ten again.
“Let It Whip” “Joystick” “Let It All Blow” “Swoop”
The Dazz Band is an American R&B, funk band whose popularity exploded in the early 1980s. Emerging from Cleveland, Ohio, the group’s biggest hit songs include the Grammy Award-winning “Let It Whip” (1982), “Joystick” (1983), and “Let It All Blow” (1984). The name of the band is a portmanteau of the description “danceable jazz”. The Dazz Band has performed since 1976 and continues to perform today. Original Kinsman Dazz/ Dazz Band members included Bobby Harris (saxophonist, vocalist), Kenny Pettus (lead vocalist, percussions), Isaac “Ike” Wiley, Jr. (drums), his brother Michael Wiley (bassist), and Michael Calhoun (songwriter/guitarist).
“Always & Forever” “Boogie Nights” “Mind Blowing Decisions” “Gangsters of the Groove”
Heatwave is an international funk/disco band formed in 1975. It is still current and playing UK dates (2019). Its most popular line-up featured Americans Johnnie Wilder Jr. and Keith Wilder (vocals) of Dayton, Ohio; Englishman Rod Temperton (keyboards); Swiss Mario Mantese (bass); Czechoslovak Ernest “Bilbo” Berger (drums); Jamaican Eric Johns (guitar); and Briton Roy Carter (guitar). They are known for their singles “Boogie Nights”, “The Groove Line”, and “Always and Forever”.
“Want Ads” “While You’re Out Looking for Sugar” “One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show” “Stick-Up” “Girls It Ain’t Easy”
Honey Cone was an American R&B and soul all–girl vocal group, who are best remembered for their Billboard #1 hit single, “Want Ads”. They were the premier female group for Hot Wax Records, operated by Holland–Dozier–Holland after they had departed from Motown Records. Honey Cone and Hot Wax’s debut single “While You’re Out Looking for Sugar” peaked at #26 on Billboard’s R&B chart, but the follow-up “Girls, It Ain’t Easy,” reached #8 on the same listing. Their third release “Want Ads” proved to be their biggest success, topping both the R&B and pop chart, selling over one million copies, awarded with a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in May 1971.
Sly, Slick and Wicked
“The Sly, Slick & Wicked” “Confessin’ A Feeling” “Love’s Gonna Pack Up”
Since the early 1970’s, the recording group Sly Slick and Wicked has been referred to as “The King’s of Underground Oldies”. The fan craze began in 1972 when the group recorded the heartfelt song, “Confessin’ A Feeling” along with “Love’s Gonna Pack Up”, “Giving Up On Love”, “Never Had A Girl Like You”, and “Symphonic Revolution”. The combination of Sonny Daye’s soulful lead vocal, the groups harmonies and their relatable lyrics created an appeal to fans that has never diminished.