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The Second City's 'Salute To Pride' 
LEGENDARY musician Roy Ayers, who helped pioneer jazz-funk in the 1970s, is still a vibrant force on the music scene and recently exhibited his multiple talents during a performance at City Winery. The award-winning vibraphonist who is sometimes referred to as “the Godfather of Neo-Soul” continues to highlight songs he has made popular over the years, including “Everybody Loves the Sunshine,” “Searchin’,” “Mystic Voyage,” “Running Away,” “You Send Me” and “Don’t Stop The Feeling.” His animated performance was a reminder of the good old days for some and served as an introduction to “a real music maker” for others. Not bad for a 78-year-old who is back on the road and performing internationally after a short hospital stay. 
The Marvin Gaye Musical
Roy Ayers At City Winery
THE love story between Grammy Award-winning R&B icon Marvin Gaye and Anna Gordy, sister of Motown founder Berry Gordy, comes to the stage in the form of Pride & Joy: The Marvin Gaye Musical, a new production that highlights the union of an intriguing power couple who impacted the music industry. Based on the secret diaries of businesswoman/songwriter Anna and approved by Berry Gordy, the play will be presented at the Chicago Theatre for seven shows, June 19, 20, 21, 22 (two shows, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.) and June 23 (two shows, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.). Pride & Joy, which premiered at the National Theater in Washington, D.C., on May 8, features 28 songs from the legendary Motown catalogue, including some of Marvin’s greatest and most memorable hits. The story chronicles the romantic and sometimes volatile confrontations between the twosome, who for a while were among the most influential individuals in the Motown family. 
THE Second City’s “Salute to Pride, a variety show written and performed entirely by an all-LGBTQ-identifying cast, returns with a colorful production that will feature original sketch, improv, music and drag at The Second City’s UP Comedy Club on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in June. Under the direction of Mick Napier and the musical direction of Amanda Murphy, the show will feature drag sensation Lucy Stoole, along with cast members George Elrod, Lanny Fox, Evan Mills, Riley Mondragon, Laurel Zoft Pelton and Jordan Stafford. “Pride month has always been very important to me,” said director Mick Napier. “It's very exciting to create an original show with a fresh . . . cast.” Tickets start at $26 and are available by phone at 312/337-3992 or online at www.secondcity.com.
Photographs by Elyse Kennard
Photographs by Elyse Kennard