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King Resource Business Group


The Lowdown: "Motown is forever," says Gerald Foster of KGB and Karen Harris, one of just a few Motown tribute bands working in metro Detroit. They're frequent favorites at the MGM Grand Detroit Casino and also heated things up at the recent Motown Winter Blast downtown.

The Lineup: Multi-instrumentalist and bandleader Foster plays live keyboards and triggers via laptop tracks he recorded and mixed to re-create Motown hits. Glenn McFarland is the baritone, Keith Dotson and Bruce Sims tenors, while Karen Harris sports a powerful alto. 

The Sound: The music is straight-up Motown with an electronic base. Dotson, McFarland and Sims produce three-part harmonies effortlessly and with a lot of love. When Harris comes out about 20 minutes into the show, the guys become Pips for a bit. You'll hear a healthy sampling of Motown hits and other pop songs. It's the showstopping Temps-n-Tops medley, though, that knocks 'em out every time. 

The Moves: While not lifted directly from their originators, the men's dance moves are energetic and evocative of the era. Their matching suits, in vibrant colors (selected by Dotson), and Harris' sparkling coordinated costumes are also reminiscent of the originals. Don't be surprised when audience members get up and start dancing, too. 

The Name: There's nothing sinister here; it's simply the first letters of each male vocalist's first name, in catchy order. Harris got her own billing by joining shortly after the group's inception, while Foster prefers to remain unannounced. 

Little-Known Fact: Even though they're Motown specialists, all the group members hail from that friendly town to the south, Toledo. Foster now lives in Lansing, Dotson in Troy, while the other three have stayed put. They initially came together at a nightclub Foster once owned in Toledo, as professional musicians who spent their off hours hanging with their colleagues and singing their favorite music for fun. They remain crowd-pleasing favorites in their hometown. 

When to see them: KGB and Karen Harris perform several times a month at the Stage Bar at the MGM Grand Detroit Casino. They're also popular at Silky's Martini & Music Cafe, in Dearborn Michigan. 

By Kim Silarski, Free Press special writer Copyright © 2005 Detroit Free Press Inc

ARCHIE BELL & THE DRELLS - TIGHTEN UP
BACKSTREET BOYS - I'LL NEVER BREAK YOUR HEART
BACKSTREET BOYS - PLAYING GAMES WITH MY HEART
CAMEO - WORD UP
CAPITOLS - THE COOL JERK
CARLTON, CARL - BAD MAMMA JAMMA
CHAPMAN, TRACY - GIVE ME ONE REASON
CHARLES, RAY - DROWN MY OWN TEARS
CHI-LITES - GIVE IT AWAY
CHI-LITES - STONE OUT OF MY MINE
CLUB NOUVEAU – LEAN ON ME
CLUB NOUVEAU - LET’S GET IT ON
COLE, NATALIE - UNFORGETTABLE
COLE, NAT KING - THE CHRISTMAS SONG
COLOR ME BADD - SEX M E UP
COMMODORES - BRICK HOUSE
DRAMATICS - 70'S MEDLEY
DRAMATICS - WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET
DRIFFTERS - BOARDWALK
E.U - DA BUTT
EARTH WIND & FIRE - LET'S G ROOVE TONIGHT
EARTH WIND & FIRE - SEPTEMBER
EARTH WIND & FIRE – SING A SONG
FLACK, ROBERTA – TONIGHT I CELEBRATE MY LOVE
FLOYD, EDDIE - KNOCK ON WOOD
FRANKLIN, ARETHA - DON'T PLAY THAT SONG FOR ME
GAYE, MARVIN - AIN'T THAT PECULIER
GAYE, MARVIN - SEXUAL HEALING
GAYE, MARVIN - WHAT’S GOING ON
GAYE, MARVIN - STUBBORN KINDA FELLOW
GAYE, MARVIN - HOW SWEET IT IS
GAYE, MARVIN - GOT TO GIVE IT UP
GAYE, MARVIN - SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL
GENTRY, BOBBIE - ODE TO BILLY JOE
GLADYS KNIGHT & PIPS - DADDY COULD SWEAR
GRAHAM, LARRY - ONE IN A MILLION
GRAND MASTER SLICE ELECTRIC SLIDE
GREEN, AL - I'M SO TIRED OF BEING LONELY
GREEN, AL - LET’S STAY TOGETHER
GREEN, AL - 70'S MEDLEY
HARRIS, SAM SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW
HATHAWAY, DONNIE - THIS CHRISTMAS
HILL, LAUREN - CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF OF YOU
HILL, ZZ - DOWN HOME BLUES
INTRUDERS - COWBOYS TO GIRLS
JORDAN, MONTEL - THIS IS HOW WE DO IT
ISLEY BROTHERS - IT'S YOUR THING
ISLEY BROTHERS - THIS OLD HEART OF MINE
ISLEY BROTHERS - SHOUT
ISLEY BROTHERS - WORK TO DO
JACKSON FIVE - WHO’S LOVING YOU
JAMES, ETTA - AT LAST
JAMES, TOMMY - MONY, MONY
LISA STANSFIELD - ALL WOMEN
MARIAH CAREY - ALWAYS BE MY BABY
LADY GAGA - BAD ROMANCE
LISA STANSFIELD - BEEN AROUNG THE WORLD
TASTE OF HONEY - BOOGIE OGGIE OGGIE
CARLY RAE JEPSEN - CALL ME MAYBE
CHRISTINA AGUILERA - CAR WASH
THE PUSSY CAT DOLLS - DON'T CHA
NORA JONES - DON'T KNOW WHY
KATY PERRY - FIREWORKS
SANTANA - GAME OF LOVE
WHITNEY HUSTON - I'M EVERY WOMEN
BONNIE RAITT - I CAN'T MAKE YOU LOVE ME
DIANA ROSS - I WILL SURVIVE
ALICIA KEYS - IF I AIN'T GOT YOU
LADY GAGA - JUST DANCE
MARY J BLIDGE - JUST FINE
PATTI LABELLE - LADY MARMALADE
DONNA SUMMERS - LAST DANCE
CHIC - LE FREAK
BEYONCE - LOVE ON TOP
SHANIA TWAIN - MAN I FEEL LIKE A WOMEN
MAROON 5 - MOVES LIKE JAGGER
MAROON 5 - ONE MORE NIGHT
RIHANNA - ONLY GIRL
GLORIA ESTEFAN - ONE, TWO, THREE
KATY PERRY - PART OF ME
RIHANNA - PLEASE DON'T STOP THE MUSIC
JENNIFER HUDSON - SPOTLIGHT
THE PUSSY CAT DOLLS - SWAY
KATY PERRY - TEENAGE DREAM
RIHANNA - UMBRELLA
RIHANNA - WE FOUND LOVE
JANET JACKSON- WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY
RIHANNA - WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN

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