January 01, 1980 News & Features » Cover Story


If You Love the Lord 

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Hallelujah! You think the best music is performed from the heart, especially when a singer or musician attempts to become a conduit for divine inspiration. Here are a few groups that just might deliver the Holy Spirit in a way that will move your heart and feet.

The Lee Boys

Richmond Heights, Fla.

Sounds like: Jam band faves Robert Randolph and The Family Band at a church party.

Why you should see them: Unusual to local church tradition, they make ample use of lap steel and pedal steel guitars, infusing their joyous gospel tunes with many different genres of music, from R&B to jazz and funk. First and foremost, these are high-energy players who know how to work a crowd to a fever pitch.

When: Saturday, 7 p.m.; Sunday, noon.

Hank Sapoznik & the Youngers of Zion

From various states

Sounds like: A really fun Jewish wedding.

Why you should see them: Ethnomusicologist Sapoznik (banjo/guitar/vocals) is a renowned authority on traditional Yiddish and American music. With a fascinating history, klezmer music (similar to the Russian folk song) is made for communal dancing, hand-holding and singing. The addition of violin, bass and tuba ensure that this will be an eclectic show.

When: Saturday, noon, 7 p.m.; Sunday, 5:30 p.m.

Hula Halau O'Lilinoe

Carson, Calif.

Sounds like: That exotic vacation you've been meaning to take.

Why you should see them: Hula master Sissy Kaio and her family not only dance the ancient hula of their homeland, but also perform old chants dedicated to the four Polynesian gods.

When: Saturday, 1 p.m., 9:15 p.m.

Bobby McMillon

Lenoir, N.C.

Sounds like: A good storyteller on your front porch.

Why you should see him: An enthusiastic singer-storyteller, McMillon knows his regional folklore and tales of Appalachia, and performs everything from primitive Baptist hymns to traditional ballads. And primitive Baptists are more old-school than Schooly D: They believe women were literally made from Adam's rib, for example.

When: Saturday, 4 p.m.

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