A Reelin’ and Rockin’ Musical Revolution
Legendary song and dance man Movin’ Melvin Brown is back at the Brighton Festival Fringe in his ongoing quest to champion the best black American music.
Now 72, he grew up in an era of segregation when the records of Chuck Berry helped bring down racial barriers. A vibrant performer, his show is about enjoying fabulous music and also recognising Chuck Berry as the true king of Rock ’n’ Roll.
Brown said: “I grew up in Cincinnati when it was at the heart of the black music scene. I saw the difference it made to so many lives – pulling down walls and bringing young black and white people together for the first time in their lives. Chuck Berry did so much to give us rock ’n’ roll. He was at the heart of a musical revolution – he was the king. And I firmly believe that music still has the power to change the world for the better.”
A long-time Festival favourite, Brown has chosen Brighton for the English premiere of Chuck Berry Lives! It promises an amazing mix of classics like Sweet Little Sixteen, Memphis, Johnny B Goode with dance routines of the kind that have won him a faithful following worldwide. It also coincides with the launch of his latest CD C’est La Vie, which includes Chuck Berry hits like Reelin’ and Rockin’ and Never Can Tell as well as his own new songs including Let Me Feel Your Love.
Brown is a wizard of song and tap who has been seen widely on BBC TV, was the featured artist at Oprah Winfrey’s birthday party for Maya Angelou and has earned critical acclaim from reviewers (‘Exceptional, sheer brilliance’ The Scotsman ★★★★★). Previous shows have celebrated greats like Ray Charles and Sammy Davis Jr.
Brown first stole hearts with his dancing aged five. He had a doo-wop group as a teenager and has appeared with the likes of James Brown, BB King, The Isley Brothers and Little Stevie Wonder. Accolades include Best Blues Artist (LA American Radios Award), Best International Act and nominee Star of the Festival (Brighton Festival), People’s Choice Award Winner (Vancouver), Most Outstanding Performer (New York Festival, Orlando, Ottawa).
While in Brighton Brown will be running Tap Into Health workshops, his programme to promote health, fitness and wellbeing through dance (Dancing with The Star).
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‘His happy attitude spreads like wildfire’ ★★★★ ThreeWeeks. ‘Born to perform’ ★★★★★ Broadway Baby
- Music (cabaret)
- Venue: The Warren (The Hat), York Pl. Brighton
- Dates: 30-31 May and 1-3 June 2018.
- Time: 18:15. Duration: 70 minutes
- Box office: www.otherplacebrighton.co.uk, 01273 987 516, or www.brightonfringe.org
- or in person at The Warren box office, Tickets: £16 (£14).
Web: MovinMelvin.com, otherplacebrighton.co.uk, TapDanceintohealth.com @MovinMelvin Facebook: /MovinMelvinBrown
“This has to be one of the best musical experiences” ★★★★1/2 Rip It Up Magazine
“What a phenomenon Brown is! Surely one of the finest song and dance men to grace many of stages he has so adeptly trodden. ★★★★ InDaily.com