The annual Sacramento Music Festival completed its 42nd year on Monday, May 25, 2015 with another round of great music enjoyed by multiple thousands of fans with a new favorite being The Nathan Owens Motown and Soul Revue. The band hails from Marysville, California and brings on the Motown flavor with gusto, high energy, skill and enthusiasm. The band, with six of its members performing on May 24 for a singular set during the festival, brought on many favorites that put the entire crowd, which filled the Riverfront Refuge venue, into good spirits. They performed songs from Motown, Soul and Funk greats like Kool and the Gang, Earth Wind and Fire, The Temptations, Robin Thicke, Bruno Mars, Tina Turner, The Four Tops, Smoky Robinson and Stevie Wonder. However, The Nathan Owens Motown and Soul Revue didn’t merely “perform;” they ripped it up, blasted it, danced it, gave it their all, and all around made magic happen with their tribute to some of the best.
The entire band was impressive and fun to experience. Red and white outfits snapping the class into place, good musicians driving the recognizable tunes to life, vocals on spot and more made the crowd smile. At one point, several songs had some of the guests up and making a strolling human train through the aisles and then the next song had them chorusing, hands in the air and responding to the band’s interactive style. Nathan Owens on keyboards and vocals stamped down the center spot while flanked by Jamie Lynne Palmer and her magnificent vocals, rockin’ bass player Adrian Bates, and snazzy lead vocalist Ralph Owens on the other side with sexy sax man Alfonso Gillory and handsome drummer Kelly Purdy in the back making it all happen. (Additional members not performing include Richard Owens.)
Those who were quick enough to realize that this band was playing only one set on one day, and attended the show, were rewarded in full. Rumors are already rampant that the band will appear at the Sacramento Music Festival next year with an appearance on the bigger headliner stage, Turntable Green. They surely could have attracted more full houses if they had been booked for more than one show. Anyone fond of Motown, Soul and beyond would fall in love with the good spirits and fun they inspire. Hopefully, the rumors will prove to be more and become a reality when the 2016 bands are booked. The Nathan Owens Motown and Soul Revue brought the musical flavor that has been a bit overlooked in the recent festival expansion of featured genres in order to please the modern crowd seeking more than traditional jazz. Country, classic rock, blues, rockabilly and more have made the festival shine with variety. The Nathan Owens Motown and Soul Revue polished the mix of genres while pleasing the festival fans without a doubt. If the booking agents have a clue, they’ll know what to do. For booking information, you can contact Nathan Owens by email here.