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The Dramatics

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At The 20 Grand December 30- January 4 Every once n awhile j ■ one gets to experience I one of those "magical" j musical happenings ! when a strong band or group at its peak meets a particularly appreciaj tive audience and the communicaiion ana energy wnicn resun almost crackle in the air. We got that kind of feeling watching Ron Banks' Dramatics close out a six-night stand at the prestigious 20 Grand club Sunday, January 4. Extreme ly popular locally since the "What You See Is What You Get" smash of three years ago, The Dramatics came up in the Motor City, and Detroit knows, loves, and treatsthem well. It's no wonder: Banks' Dramatics are a well-polished unit clearly inspired by the Motown singing groupswhich enlivened Detroit during their mid-to-late sixties heyday: embodying precisión, smoothness, harmony, class, and personality within a consistently interesting musical and dramatic framework. If all of this sounds like an overstatement. you should see The Dramatics work in the 20 I Grand's Driftwood Lounge to a packed, M ed-to-the-bone house. The six front men constantly move in choreographed splendor, singing their energetic vocal arrangements at top strength, trading lead and background positions at will. Backing them is an airtight band assembled by Dramatics manager and .3 tion associate Eli Fountain, who comes to join the band for a one-song feature during their show. JJ The group's tunes are all solidly "in the pocket" popular material: "Hey Girl I Dig continueü on page 11 The Dramatics continuad flom page l Your Music," from The Dramatics n. The Dells lp; "Open the Door to Your Heart"; the zodiaclove number "I Ain't Goin' by the Stars n the Sky (l'm Goin' by the Stars in Your Eyes)"; an exquisite "Me and Mrs. Jones"; two from the new Drama ('album on ABC Records: "You're Foolin' You" and "The Life of the Party"; "Just Shopping (Not Buying Anything)"; and the closing number "Get Up." All of the above served to satisfy the folks in attendance to the utmost, as much of the crowd found t impossible to contain squeals and shouts of pure delight throughout the show. Thank you Ron Banks and The Dramatics, and thanks to The 20 Grand for bringing them home once again!