Lead vocal Cuba Gooding of The Main Ingredient scaled new heights recapturing “The Sweet Soul of the 70s,” and drawing excitement to the Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center.
Gooding, the proud father of Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding, Jr., is a Harlem native reigning With The Main Ingredient since 1971, and gaining fame for the million-selling smash “Everybody Plays the Fool.”
Gooding reverberated having the doors open for a benefit concert and spoke nearby at home on the edge of Flagler Beach connecting to Ormond Beach.
The show covers the musical of Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, The Emotions, Peaches & Herb, and Cuba Gooding & The Main Ingredient. They are the original artists, bringing a blend of “If You Don’t Know Me By Now,” the artistic flavor of the Blue Notes, and “Best of My Love,” the lyrical frontrunner of The Emotions.
Plenty of great hits
There’s follow-up with “Reunited,” the stylistic hit by Peaches & Herb, and, of course, “Everybody Plays the Fool,” a gold record winner for Cuba Gooding & The Main Ingredient. More hits will keep the fervor alive.
“We are talking about selling 2,500 tickets to people in Florida who only get this kind of music in counterfeit” – and the open mic, karaoke, the blogs, like they do in Jacksonville, said Gooding.
Seeing performers appearing live in yesteryears gave them a face that led to what some might call legends and icons.
JoJo of Star 94.5 FM radio will emcee, joined by Gooding’s daughter, comedienne April Gooding, and Gooding’s son, actor Omar Gooding, NAACP Image Award nominee.
The importance of the music is not being advertised and that’s the lyrics with “the absence of profanity, violence, and drugs,” attests Cuba Gooding.
“I know that four generations of young people have embraced that particular song (‘Everybody Plays the Fool’), and we want to make it a better place when we leave,” said Gooding.
A family production
A cousin and friend of Gooding’s wife, Kimberly, are Gooding’s partners, and have taken on the title “A Good Shakes Production.” The legendary singer wanted to do it alone – “The Sweet Soul of the 70s” – but met with the wrong radio stations and theaters that wanted to exclusively do their own ticketing and mailing lists.
In addition, the musical equation involves Dr. Evelyn Bethune, granddaughter of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, elder stateswoman/founder of Bethune-Cookman College (University). Gooding found Dr. Bethune to be on point when meeting at a comedy show, the result of a comedienne shouting out their names.
Bethune, a political scientist/community activist, is a partner with Carlos Felder, who brings fresh ideas “to building coalitions between groups that struggle alone but prosper together.”
Gooding and Bethune have started a movement to develop youth and are doing the humane thing of helping young people to survive and to get an education.
Bethune was happy to do the partnership with Gooding Productions because of the quality of the lyrics – and to provide for education in an atmosphere that’s entertaining, and yet has quality.
There’s no better music than in the 70s, said Bethune.
“Our scholarship provides for our students to stay in school. The kids come from various backgrounds, and many of them are here with no support whatsoever,” she said. “They are living on the streets. That’s why the scholarship is titled, ‘Keep a Kid from Sleeping Under the Bridge.’ We are hoping to help Dr. Jackson move his project forward as he addresses the issue of homeless college students.”
Funds to help students
Dr. Edison Jackson is the president of Bethune-Cookman University and it was learned that the problem is not an ethnic one, but rather one occurring in other colleges and universities as well.
The performers will lay down the distinctive sounds and “raise money to allow the endowment to award scholarships in the fall of 2014 and to be awarded to students who need assistance with housing, food, clothing and books.”
The cost of a ticket is tax deductible since the money will go to support a non-profit organization. The show is one of the greatest things to happen in Daytona Beach and the artists are “gung-ho” to perform at the Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center.
Visual acuity from every seat is good and the arrangement superfluous to large Broadway musicals, full-scale operas, symphonies, and local talent. Gooding and his showstoppers are looking for a huge success since the benefit concert is a first in a series to raise scholarship funds.
Gooding requests that you bring others on July 19. The doors will open 6:30 p.m., and the show to start 7:30 p.m., at the Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center, 608 West International Speedway Boulevard, Daytona Beach.
To procure the ticket information, visit www.cuba-gooding.com.
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Birthday wishes to: Arlene Banks, June 6, and the Rev. Lannie Thomas, June 10.