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  • Mary Wilson and They Funk Brothers / The Mel Brown B3 Organ Group

    7:30 p.m., Sunday, June 24
  • Sunday, June 24
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  • The original Dreamgirl, Mary Wilson from the Supremes, joins the musicians who created the Motown sound, The Funk Brothers, at Britt at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, June 24.
    You know Wilson’s story from Jennifer Hudson’s Oscar-winning turn in “Dreamgirls” last year. (And from her best-selling autobiography and her stint on the lecture circuit in the 1970s and ‘80s.) Learn more at her Web site, www.marywilson.com .
    She’ll perform with The Funk Brothers, the studio band that backed the Supremes and loads of other Motown masters. The group includes three original members — Eddie Willis on guitar, Uriel Jones on drums and Bob Babbitt on bass — and seven new members. Their story was told in “Standing in the Shadow of Motown,” a 2002 documentary.
    Opening the show is The Mel Brown B3 Organ Group. Brown was a Motown drummer who settled in Portland and became a jazz icon. His group is a regular at Jimmy Mak’s, the Portland club named one of the best places to hear jazz.
    Back in 2003, the group, then a quartet, recorded their set at Britt and released it in 2004. Find Mel Brown B-3 Organ Quartet “Live at the Britt Festival,” and his more recent “Smokin’ and Jimmy’s” live from Portland at www.cdbaby.com.
    Reserved tickets cost $53; lawn seating is $32 and children 12 and younger get in for $22.
    This is also the Britt's 10th annual Sunset & Stars Gala Dinner, with a catered dinner under a festive canopy in the lower Britt Gardens, a chance to meet Wilson and the Funk Brothers, and center section premium reserved seat, all for $150. All proceeds benefit Britt Festivals' performance, outreach and education projects.
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