Motown revue coming

FAIRMONT – Ronn Easton’s All Star Revue is a nine-piece band, with three vocalists and six musicians serving up “soulful grooves and tight harmonies.”

On Friday, the Twin Cities-based group will be at Fairmont Opera House as part of the venue’s subscription series.

Easton is a veteran in the Motown music scene, with his hands in a number of different music collaborations. The industry attracted him from the time he was a child, when he would imitate his favorite artists: Nat King Cole, Lou Rawls and Tony Bennett, just to name a few.

“When I was much younger, the first band I was in, I was dared to go to an audition,” Easton said. “At that time, the one thing you didn’t do was dare me to do something. So they dared me, and I did it, and I actually got the slot. Not a year later, they let me go ’cause my stage presence wasn’t quite what they were looking for. That was kind of a crushing blow.

“But I learned that the best thing you can do for people who have come out to see you perform is to treat them like they are in your living room. I make shows very personable and very warm. I open up to people and they open up to me.”

Fairmont Opera House, as Easton sees it, is close to perfection as a venue:?large enough to pack the people in, but small enough that a show can still feel intimate.

On Friday, the All Star Revue will play the sounds of Motown, with songs from the Temptations, the Four Tops, the O’Jays and a few that fall just outside the Motown genre, like Stevie Wonder.

“Music from that period, you find it was a simpler time,” Easton said. “It was a time when everybody was kind of living well and the world wasn’t in quite the turmoil that it is and has been for quite some time. When you hear Motown, people think to when they were younger: who they may have been dating at one time … what was going on at that period in time.”

Though most of Easton’s fans are baby boomers, he has found that the music appeals to people regardless of age and demographics.

The All Star Revue will be joined on stage Friday by female vocalist Natalie Allen Gamst.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students and available by calling (507) 238-4900 or online at www.fairmontoperahouse.com

Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Friday, with doors to open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets also can be purchased at the box office the night of the show.