At The Spectrum, Funk And Rap

Posted: October 03, 1986

Funk and rap music will be amply showcased at the Spectrum on Sunday with a show featuring Midnight Star, Whodini, Doug E. Fresh and Eric B.

The vocal group Midnight Star makes music that ranges from the frantic funk of "Freakazoid" to the sultry balladry of "Feel So Good." The seven-member band's latest hit is "The Midas Touch" (Solar), which manages to combine elements of funk, rap and pop in one neat song.

Whodini's latest single, "Growing Up" (Arista), continues a string of successes for this Brooklyn-born, London-based act. Like Whodini's best music, ''Growing Up" is more melodic than most rap, and features smooth vocals with smart lyrics.

Doug E. Fresh recorded one of last year's most popular rap songs, "The Show," and recently followed it up with "All the Way to Heaven," an anomaly in the rap world for its heartfelt religious sentiments couched in the usual blunt rap manner.

Also appearing will be Eric B., whose new single "Eric B. Is President" (Island) is one of the hottest rap songs in the country right now, a very funny, ferociously rhythmic rap about class, ambition and the power of dreams.

Midnight Star, Whodini, Doug E. Fresh and Eric B., at the Spectrum, Sunday at 8 p.m. Tickets: $14 and $12. Information: 389-5000.

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The Norwegian rock band a-ha comes to the Tower Theater in Upper Darby for two shows this weekend, tonight and tomorrow night.

The big winner in last month's MTV Video Awards ceremony, a-ha scored eight awards for its animated video for the hit single "Take on Me." The band is due to release another album of well-mannered pop-rock shortly.

A-ha, at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby. Tonight's show is sold out. Tomorrow at 8 p.m. Tickets: $14.50 and $13.50. Information: 352-0313.

The Texas band the True Believers make its local debut at J.C. Dobbs on Sunday. The band recently released a much-praised debut album, True Believers (EMI America), which showcases the quintet's smart synthesis of rock, Tex- Mex and blues music.

The True Believers, at J.C. Dobbs, 304 South St., Sunday at 9 p.m. Admission: $5. Information: 928-1943.

Richard Bush and the Lion Choir will appear at the Empire Rock Club tomorrow night. Bush used to lead the popular Philadelphia rock band the A's, and his smart, first-rate work with that band automatically makes this new group well worth checking out.

Richard Bush and the Lion Choir, with Coup d'Etat, at the Empire Rock Club, Roosevelt Boulevard and Princeton Street, tomorrow at 9 p.m. Admission: $5. Information: 338-6100 or 338-6101.

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