It was a musical step back into teenage years for Hot Springs Village residents as they were masterfully entertained by “Shadow of the ’60s." The Hot Springs Village Concerts Association’s last production of 2017 at Woodlands Auditorium paid tribute to legendary Motown singers, spotlighting many of Detroit’s leading stars, including The Supremes, The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Drifters and Stevie Wonder.
“We not only love each other personally, but respect each individual’s performance, and we want to share that love and respect with our audience,” said Dave Revels, founder and creator. “It’s not only our eye contact, but our heart contact with our audience that’s important to us.” Truer words were never spoken as the ensemble performed with intensity and spirit. Each individual performance, as well as troupe numbers, were spot-on.
 Opening the show were songs made famous by The Supremes and executed expertly by Julia Garrison (Diana Ross) and Sonia Chin Revels and Susan Spain (Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard). A foot-tapping audience enjoyed seven renditions, including “Come See About Me,” “Can’t Hurry Love,” and singing along with “Stop! In the Name of Love.”
Next on the program were many interpretations of The Four Tops hits by the complete company, including “Baby I Need Your Loving,” sung with gusto and  sensitivity by Dave Revels. Again, engaging the audience, Revels’ professional interpretation of “Walk Away Renee” brought resounding cheers to the theater.
Five willing gentlemen from the audience were invited on stage to perform “My Girl.” The execution was amusing and entertaining, to say the least. It was witnessed that HSV senior men can still make the moves.
“Shadow of the ’60s” company included Dave Revels, founder and creator. Revels was a member of the Drifters and has toured worldwide. He's been in the music business for more than 40 years, still teaching music at the college level. He is the primary lead vocal.
Sonia Chin Revels, lead and background vocals, has performed with rock and roll and soul legends, including Chuck Berry.
Susan Spain has performed with many groups, including her own rock group, Contagious in L.A. She has also appeared in jazz venues.
Julia Garrison, at age 13, appeared on the NBC hit show, “Showtime at the Apollo.” In 1997 she was the principal role, Blacke, in the hit comedy movie, “Ride.”
Larry Stephen Hines has performed with The Drifters, The Platters and the Persuasions. An accomplished dancer he has staged musical numbers for Broadway hits. His many TV credits include “Law and Order.”
A.J. Davis, youngest member of the ensemble, appeared in “The Wiz” and “Smokey Joe’s Cafe.” He holds a bachelor’s degree in music business administration. Davis is an amazing dancer, as evidenced in the finale numbers.
Sam White has been entertaining for over three decades and has performed with The Platters. Most notably is a member of The Jones whose smash hit was “Sugar Pie Guy.”
The evening’s  proficient singing and dancing was capped off with a grand finale medley bringing the audience to their dancing feet.
Concert Series programs continue with Presley, Perkins, Lewis and Cash, scheduled Feb. 14-16 and the Doo Wop Project featured March 14-16.
For tickets go to http://hsvpoa.org/event-tickets.