Gladys Knight

Singer-songwriter Gladys Knight, most famous for the hits “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” “Neither One of Us” and “Midnight Train to Georgia,” still has soul power.

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ANNUAL MOTHER’S DAY MUSIC FESTIVAL WITH MAZE FEATURING FRANKIE BEVERLY, GLADYS KNIGHT, KEM & CAROL RIDDICK

BOARDWALK HALL // 7 P.M. SATURDAY, MAY 13

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WHO ARE THEY: Maze featuring Frankie Beverly combined the Philadelphia soul sound with the sweet R&B style of Marvin Gaye and became one of the top R&B acts of the late 1970s and 80s. Beverly is the group’s founder, lead singer, producer and songwriter. The band’s self-titled debut album was released in 1977 and went gold and earned the band a devoted following. By the late 1980s the band gained a resurgence thanks to various rap groups sampling their recordings.

Along with her group The Pips, Gladys Knight became one of the most successful soul singers of the 1960s and 70s. Under the Motown label, Knight scored hits with “Friendship Train,” “It Should Have Been Me,” “If I Were Your Woman” and “The End of Our Road.” After scoring a number 2 hit in 1973 with “Neither One of Us,” Knight left Motown and wound up achieving superstar status with the number one smash “Midnight Train to Georgia.” Other hits such as “I’ve Got to Use My Imagination” and “Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me” were soon to follow.

WHAT TO EXPECT: With Mother’s Day this weekend, it means it’s time for popular Atlantic City tradition, the Annual Mother’s Day Music Festival at Boardwalk Hall. Now in its ninth year, the show features an impressive lineup headlined by Maze and featuring Frankie Beverly Gladys Knight, Kem and Carol Riddick. Due to the fact that Maze is not generally regarded as a household name, the band has become known as “the best kept secret in the industry.” Anyone who has ever seen the band perform however knows that it’s no secret that this is an immensely talented group of musicians who bring the soul and rhythm in great doses. Knight brings to the stage charisma and hits such as “Friendship Train,” “It Should Have Been Me,” “If I Were Your Woman” and “The End of the Road.”

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $67.

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Freelance reporter for At The Shore/Atlantic City Insiders from 2011-2015; Editor in Chief, MainStreetMarlboro.com,2014-2015; Writer for Zagat, 2013

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