For those who love the tuneful music of Sam Cooke, the Kansas City Fringe Festival offers a wonderful opportunity to relive the life of one of America’s early crossover stars of the 1950s and 60s when Brother John presents his new show, “Brother John Sings Sam Cooke” at the Uptown Arts Bar.
The venue seats about 60 persons when filled to capacity. Brother John’s opening night filled the venue to capacity and over. Every chair was occupied, and others set on stairs or stood for the one hour performance that had the audience sing-along clapping in time, and even singing on command as Brother John worked his way through the set.
Brother John sounds incredibly like Sam Cooke and performed many of Cook’s classic R & B top 40 hits. “A Change Is Goona Come,” ended the show overflowing with Cook’s music. Included songs were: “You Send Me,” “Twisting the Night Away,” “Only Sixteen,” “Chain Gang,” “Cupid,” “Another Saturday Night,” and more.
Go early and line up for a ticket, or better yet, purchase online ahead of time. The show sells out and again will compete for Best of Venue–a title won last year at Kansas City’s Fringe Festival.
Brother John combines his unique talents of storytelling with the music of Sam Cooke in this show. He gives the audience a history lesson on the life of Sam Cooke without all the Hollyhood hype. He tells the story of Cooke complete with the lurid details of Cooke’s life, struggles, successes, and failures. Cooke’s death, still a mystery, comes into focus as Brother John delivers several versions of the death reports and information surrounding the singer’s demise. The audience can choose what to believe.
The show is a wonderful look at a performer, his legacy, and his life. The show is family oriented and suitable for all ages. Do not be shut out. The show will continue to sell out. Plan ahead for a wonderful evening of entertainment.
“A 2013 "Best of The Fest" winner-Br. John delivers another enthusiastic, one man show of intriguing storytelling full of little known facts and classic, hit tunes that made Sam Cooke one of the greatest entertainers of the 20th century,” the KC Fringe program states. More information about the performer can be found at: www.brotherjohnrajpa.com. Tickets and information about the Kansas City Fringe Festival can be found at: www.kcfringe.org.
The KC Fringe Festival runs July 17-27 at about a 18 venues throughout the Arts District of downtown Kansas City.