Drummer Keith Stafford and guitarist Bob Mack, original band members of the 70’s R&B harmony group The Futures, join forces with Philadelphia rapper and actor Omillio Sparks to present “Say Yes to Philly Love” on Thursday, April 14. The event, which is scheduled to begin at 11:30 am, is designed to uplift patients and honor volunteers at the Lankenau Medical Center in Philadelphia.
Stafford and Mack will share Philadelphia’s rich musical history, including The Delfonics 1968 classic “La La La means I Love You.” The main event will feature a debut performance by Stafford, Mack, and Sparks’ “Philly Love”, the title track from the forthcoming film The Philly Sound Project. The program will close with a “meet and greet” and autograph signing session for music fans young and old.
“Our approach to giving back is to reach out to those who may be less fortunate, sick, or who rarely get entertainment of any kind in a facility. . . We believe music has a universal appeal to entertain and bring back memories of a happier time in their lives,” says Bob Mack.
“It makes the heart sing to listen to the words of a song and the beat of the rhythm being played,” adds Stafford. “I feel [music] will always uplift the human soul.”
The Futures, known for legendary tracks such as “Breaking Up” and “I Wanna Know is it Over“, topped the Soul Sound music charts alongside industry veterans Ray Charles, James Brown and The Temptations. This is the first of a series of community outreach events coming out of the “Say Yes to Philly Love” campaign as a part of The Philly Sound Project, a music documentary chronicling the golden era of Philadelphia soul and R&B music in the ‘60s and ‘70s.
In addition to performing with The Delfonics, Stafford and Mack have toured nationally with Billy Paul, Stevie Wonder, and the late Michael Jackson. The Philly Sound Project will be released later in 2011.
For more information about the “Say Yes to Philly” event, contact Tye Renwrick at: [email protected] or call 484.904.6808.
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