Soul, R&B stars in Uptow! show

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Feb. 10—PORTSMOUTH — The contemporary soul and R&B group Uptown! will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday — Valentine's Day — at the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts.

The New York-based band's high-energy performers are veterans of the touring circuit and are known for audience interaction, flawless vocals and spot-on choreography. Much of the show is built around a setlist of classic soul, funk, and Motown hits, including songs by Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind & Fire, The Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye and The Temptations, but also modern hits from performers such as Prince and Bruno Mars.

"When I first heard them in New York at the Association of Performing Arts Professionals conference, I was blown away," said Stanley Workman, Artistic Director at the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts. "Their great vocals and dancing, to music we all love, from R&B to Motown to Hip-Hop. The energy of the show never stops."

Tickets, ranging from $39 to the student rate of $5, may be obtained online at or by phone through the McKinley Box Office at (740) 351-3600.

Vern Riffe Center for the Arts, at Shawnee State University, is at 940 Second St.