The ‘Legends of Soul’ put on a spellbinding show

Courtesy of Chanhassen Dinner Theatres Gwen Matthews, Bruce Henry, and Debbie Duncan

The “Legends of Soul Through the Ages” concert more than lived up to its name with two satisfying shows at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres over Valentine’s weekend. The concert once again featured local jazz veterans Bruce Henry, Debbie Duncan, and Gwen Matthews. It offered jazz, but also funk, R&B, blues, and rock, with a jazzy twist. And true to its billing, the lineup showcased songs that spanned decades.

Doing mostly covers, the legends kicked things off with Ray Charles and moved on to hits by
Stevie Wonder, Etta James, Mahalia Jackson, Nina Symone, Marvin Gaye and a slew of other soulful favorites. They ended the show with the smooth and hopeful sounds of Bill Withers’ “Lovely Day.”

Not only were the performers legendary, but the band, a quintet of world-class instrumentalists, were too, as each musician was given the opportunity to show off their chops during the set. They were one of the highlights of the evening.

Photo by Nikki Love The stage lighting added to the excitement

The stage added a magical ambiance to the show with the moon and stars shining in the backdrop. After the show, the theater’s fireside room offered a warm, cozy, and intimate space to meet the performers, who mingled and interacted with the crowd as friends. The trio was warm, inviting, personal, funny and full of laughter. They showed why they are true legends.

This show was a quiet secret that should be told and shared with the world. The performance was approximately two hours long with a burst of energy from beginning to end. If ever these soulful legends team up for another concert, don’t hesitate to get your ticket.

Photo by Nikki Love Bruce Henry, Gwen Matthews and Debbie Duncan posed for photos after the show

Where can you go to enjoy a delicious meal with a show at a reasonable price? Chanhassen Dinner Theatres. Go to https://chanhassendt.com to find upcoming shows.

About Nikki Love

Nikki Love is a contributing writer at the MN Spokesman-Recorder. She can be reached at nlove@spokesman-recorder.com.

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