Motor City Revue: Capturing the Distinct Motown Sound
A little more than half a century ago, a new sound took shape in and around Detroit that revolutionized the music industry. Today, the all-star Motor City Revue faithfully recreates that signature Motown sound, and, in the process, takes audiences on a journey back in time to where it all began.
Although there are many bands that cover Motown tunes, few strive to match the vocal harmonies and instrumental mix that distinguished the original recordings. Motor City Revue was formed to offer music lovers an authentic tribute to the artists and songs that defined a generation.
Vocalist Layonne Holmes and Bassist/Musical Director Gerald Carboy enlisted some of Jersey's A-list musicians to respectfully pay homage to this world renowned sound.
Motor City Revue will have you dancing and singing along to the songs immortalized by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, The Supremes and countless others.
The members of Motor City Revue have impressive music industry resumes that include performing and recording with some of the biggest names in show business.
Motor City Revue Co-Founders:
LAYONNE HOLMES - Lead vocals
The New Standard Jazz Quintet
Bob Bandiera's Rock-n-Soul Revue
Tim McLoone & the Shirleys
Live performances with Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Darlene Love, Southside Johnny, Beth Nielson Chapman, Phoebe Snow and Gary U.S. Bonds, among others.
Sang backup with her mother, Delores Holmes, for Bruce Springsteen on the internationally televised telethon, America 911: A Tribute to Heroes and on the CD of the same name.
Former member of Love Among Freaks (of the movie Clerks fame) and performed on the band's first full-length CD.
In studio with Fernando Saunders of the Lou Reed Band, Vini Lopez of Steel Mill, the late Danny Federici and Bill Chinnock, Steve Delopoulos and John DeGrazio of Burlap to Cashmere, Matt O'Ree and The Soul Project.
GERALD CARBOY - Bass and musical director
The New Standard Jazz Quintet
Tim McLoone & the Shirleys
Holiday Express (founding member)
Performed with Rob Thomas, Jon Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Southside Johnny, Barry Miles, Terry Silverlight, Tal Farlow, among others.
Recorded four critically-acclaimed records and toured the U.S. and Great Britain with Columbia/Epic and Arista recording artist David Sancious & Tone.
Performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival and the North Sea Jazz Festival.
Toured Europe with Kevin Eubanks (former bandleader on The Tonight Show), Dee Dee Bridgewater and the Chris Hinze Combination.
Studied music theory, arranging and composing with Maestro Julio C. Malatesta and improvisation with jazz saxophonist Anthony Bertolotti.
RICKY COLLINS - Lead vocals
Recording a contemporary Christian CD with long-time friend
and band leader, Bob Marsiglia.
Writing material for own gospel CD.
Wrote and recorded songs with his brother (renowned Sound of Philadelphia drummer Charles Collins) and legendary bassistBob Babbitt of the Funk Brothers of Motown.
Frontman and co-songwriter for the band Mixx.
Frontman and co-songwriter for the band Bricks Mortar.
Co-wrote two Billboard hits: New Pair O' Shoes (1978) and a funk disco cover of The Drifters' Dance With Me (1980).
Recorded a contemporary Christian CD, This Ain't No Big Bang with Bob Marsiglia which can be heard on YouTube, three gospel CDs with George Sykes/SIII & The Truth and several radio commercials.
Also performed live with Stevie Wonder, Darlene Love, Carl Anderson, Jeanie Bryson, Tim Curry, Holiday Express, Gary Tallent for Jersey Artists for Mankind (J.A.M.), Allison William, Dorothy Norwood, Phoebe Snow, Vicki Sue Robinson, Gary U.S. Bonds, Southside Johnny, Bruce Springsteen, Rob Thomas, Jon Bon Jovi and Bernard Purdie.
RICK BRUNERMER - Tenor sax / Horn Section Leader
Holiday Express (founding member/horn section leader)
Private instructor: saxophone/flute
Recorded with Mariah Carey on her Emancipation of Mimi CD.
Toured with Grammy winners: R&B gospel artist Larnelle Harris
and India's premier soundtrack composer, A.R. Rahman (of Slumdog Millionaire fame).
Sailed the seven seas as orchestra leader on several cruise
Performed with Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Michael McDonald, Dave Matthews, Jewel, Natalie Merchant, Rob Thomas, Cyndi Lauper, Tony Bennett, Trish Yearwood, Gary U.S. Bonds, Southside Johnny, The Jimmy Dorsey Band and the Nelson Riddle Orchestra.
Can be heard on numerous commercial jingles.
Has published several original songs.
Received Bachelor of Music degree in Music Merchandising
from the University of Miami.
RALPH NOTARO - Guitar/vocals
Guitar, mandolin and backing vocals on Linda Chorney%u2019s latest CD, Emotional Jukebox, which features Will Lee, Shawn Pelton, Jeff Pevar, Lisa Fischer, Jeff Levine and Hernan Romero
Bob Polding Band
Toured U.S. and Europe with Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes.
Performed live with Rob Thomas, Darlene Love, Steve Page and Jim Creegan from Barenaked Ladies, Jon Bon Jovi, Gary U.S. Bonds, John Eddie, Bob Burger, Linda Chorney and the Party Dolls.
Toured U.S. with Elektra recording artists Merchants of Venus. Performed with The Fabulous Thunderbirds and Crash Test Dummies.
Recorded promos and jingles for NBC, VH1 & W networks.
ARNE WENDT - Keyboards
Bob Bandiera band
Experience Janis (Jimi Hendrix/Janis Joplin tribute act)
CC Coletti band
Authored articles for Keyboard and School of Rock magazines.
Programmed keyboards for Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bernie Worrell & Moog Music colleague Tom Brislin (for Deborah Harry and Marion Raven tours).
Performed live with Jon Bon Jovi, Rob Thomas, Noel Redding, Bernard Purdie and Chuck Rainey, among others.
Does session work from his home-based studio and has produced several commercial soundtracks.
DAVID ANTHONY - Drums/Percussion
The BQE Project
Toured and recorded with Tan Dun, Oscar-winning composer of
the sound track for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.Recorded and performed with the Billy Joel Broadway musical, Movin' Out, Glen Burtnik (songwriter/Styx), Jackie Deshannon, Patty Smyth and John Waite.
Studied percussion with Fred Hinger, Jim Price, Frankie Malabe
Layonne Holmes: Lead Vocalist / Bandleader
Ricky Collins: Lead Vocalist
Gerald Carboy: Bassist / Musical Director
Rick Brunermer: Saxophonist / Horn Section Leader
Ralph Notaro: Guitarist / Vocalist
Arne Wendt: Keyboardist / Vocalist
David Anthony: Drummer / Percussionist
John Martin: Trumpeter
Tommy Meares: Trombonist
Joe Grillo: Baritone Saxophonist
The Funk Brothers, Motown/Stax/Chess artists, Philly Soul
What to Expect
Typical Gig Duration: 60 - 240 minutes
High energy, solid musicianship, great vocals, a good time ripe for dancing!
depends on venue
All the Motown, Stax, Philly Soul greats
MOTOR CITY REVUE Song List
(I Know) I'm Losing You The Temptations
(I'm A) Road Runner Junior Walker & The All Stars
Ain%u2019t Too Proud to Beg The Temptations
At Last (I Found A Love) Edwin Starr
Back In My Arms Again The Supremes
Ball Of Confusion (That's What The WTorhlde ITse Tmopdtaayti)ons
Bernadette The Four Tops
Can I Get a Witness Marvin Gaye
Cloud Nine The Temptations
Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) Chris Clark
Do You Love Me The Contours
Every Little Bit Hurts Brenda Holloway
Friendship Train Gladys Knight & the Pips
Get Ready The Temptations
He Was Really Saying Something The Velvelettes
Heatwave Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
I Can't Get Next To You The Temptations
I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey TBhuen Fcho)ur Tops
I Was Made to Love Her Stevie Wonder
I Wish Stevie Wonder
I Wish It Would Rain The Temptations
If I Could Build My Whole World ArounMd aYrovuin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
If I Were Your Woman Gladys Knight & the Pips
I'll Be Around The Spinners
Let's Get It On Marvin Gaye
Love Child The Supremes
Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart The Supremes
Love's Gone Bad Chris Clark
Mighty Love The Spinners
Motoring Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
Needle in a Haystack The Velvelettes
Number One In My Heart The Monitors
Papa Was A Rollin' Stone The Temptations
Pride and Joy Marvin Gaye
Reach Out I'll Be There The Four Tops
Reflections The Supremes
Same Old Song The Four Tops
Shop Around The Miracles
Signed, Sealed, Delivered Stevie Wonder
Still Waters Run Deep The Four Tops
Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a LittlTe hWe hIsillee)y Brothers
Tears Of A Clown Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
This Guy's in Love The Four Tops
Tracks of My Tears Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
Who's Lovin' You Brenda and The Tabulations
You Keep Me Hangin' On The Supremes
You're All I Need to Get By Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
Past Booked Dates:
07-04-2012 — Elmwood Park, Norristown, PA
01-26-2012 — Harrah's Eden Lounge, Atlantic City, NJ
01-16-2012 — Gladstone Tavern, Gladstone, NJ
01-13-2012 — McLoone's Supper Club, Asbury Park, NJ
11-18-2011 — McLoone's Supper Club, Asbury Park, NJ
11-05-2011 — Blend Bar, Ridgewood, NJ
10-21-2011 — McLoone's Supper Club, Asbury Park, NJ
09-30-2011 — McLoone's Supper Club, Asbury Park, NJ
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