Indiana University Northwest is proud to host the acclaimed musical ensemble IU Soul Revue in a one-night-only free concert performance at 6 p.m. on March 29 in the Savannah Center Auditorium.
One of the most acclaimed collegiate musical ensembles in the country, IU Soul Revue delivers the sounds of timeless rhythm and blues, soul, funk, and contemporary urban music. The IU Soul Revue is a full ensemble featuring male and female lines, horns, and a rhythm section, at times augmented by strings and dancers. Performances feature original compositions and arrangements of works recorded by popular contemporary artists, including: Stevie Wonder; Earth, Wind and Fire; Patti Labelle; Kelly Price; D'Angelo; Mary J. Blige; and Eric Benet, among others.
Founded in 1971, the IU Soul Revue is one of three performance ensembles of the Indiana University African-American Arts Institute. The IU Soul Revue is directed by Nathanael Fareed Mahluli.
Several of IU Soul Revue’s alumni have gone on to professional careers in the music industry. They include Crystal Taliefero, a former backup singer and instrumentalist for both Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp who is now with Billy Joel; Keith Mitchell and Kevon Edmonds of After Seven; recording artist Georgia Jones; and James Strong, bassist and band leader for L.L. Cool J. Many other alumni have gone on to successful careers in business, education, law, and other professions.
IU Soul Revue’s high energy, impeccable musicianship and soulful delivery have earned the ensemble the notice of industry professionals. Michael J. Powell, producer of popular recording artists such as Anita Baker and Patti LaBelle, said of the ensemble, "I was pleasantly surprised at the cohesion of talent, professionalism and quality centered within the Soul Revue."
IU Northwest is pleased to welcome IU Soul Revue to Northwest Indiana as part of the IU Moveable Feast of the Arts, which is a program designed to showcase the university's cultural resources to IU campuses and communities across the state. On April 28, the Moveable Feast will continue with the IU Broadway Cabaret, directed and choreographed by Emmy-winner and Tony nominee George Pinney.
The March 29 performance of the IU Soul Revue is sponsored by the IU Northwest Alumni Association, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Diversity Programming Group. The concert will begin at 6 p.m. in the Savannah Center Auditorium, located at 3400 Broadway in Gary, Ind. For more information, please contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at (219) 980-6763 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.