Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Marvin Gaye came back to the Thrasher-Horne through Brian Owens

Some of the women in the audience may have been a little disappointed when they found out that Marvin Gaye tribute artist Brian Owens is a happily married man with six children and one on the way, nonetheless, Brian didn’t disappoint the people who came to the Thrasher-Horne Center to hear and see him in concert.

In the almost three hour show, Owens sang many songs from the Marvin Gaye repertoire, including songs that were sung with the late Tammi Terrell that were accompanied by the audience harmonizing the female parts.  The man also moves around stage like Marvin and can
play the piano like no body’s business.  His four-piece band played the best accompanying music that any enthusiast would enjoy.  It’s welcoming to hear musicians who can play in-the-pocket yet have their own individuality.

At the end of the show, Brian was summoned back to the stage by his attendees.  He then did a
tribute to the late Sam Cooke and Brian told the story of how Berry Gordy wanted Marvin to play the role of Sam Cooke in a movie, but Marvin refused because he thought the idea was morbid.  Marvin didn’t realize that he would die at the hand of his own father.

If you ever get a chance to see and hear Brian Owens in concert - take advantage of “What’s Goin On: The Marvin Gaye Experience”.

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