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Motor City
David Sancious
and Tone








It's amazing how things come together when you least expect it.

 In the 60’s I toured with a great soul band “The Boston Tea Party”. We were a bunch of "blue-eyed" soul brothers as they called us back then playing all the great soul tunes of the time. We in the rhythm section learned early how to "stir the soup" as they say in traditional soul fashion. To groove the music so much that it felt better than anything we have ever played.

In todays music scene, it is a lost art.

For the past few years I had been thinking that it would be great to go back to how I began in this business and play that music in today's music scene. 

It was just an unrealized idea, until my dear friend Layonne Holmes came to me after she had just finished performing with Bob Bandiera’s Rock & Soul Revue at the Count Basie Theater. We were on a gig together and on a break she told me how the crowd responded to the soul music at the concert. She said, “Nobody in this area has done Motown the right way”. I told her that I had been thinking about that exact same thing for years but just never got off my butt to do it. She said, “Why not”. And I said, “Why not”.  Together, we started putting all the pieces in place. Calling and enlisting the right musical personnel to accomplish our vision. 

Well, the rest is history. The Motor City Revue was formed to pay homage to the world-renowned signature Motown sound. The band aims to respectfully recreate the sounds of Motown and share stories of it’s artists. 

There are many bands that cover Motown tunes, but the Motor City Revue strives to match the sounds and harmonies of the original tracks, with a deeper tribute focusing on the heart, soul, and passion  of it’s artists. 

Motor City performs  “The Sounds of Young America”  (Smokey Robinson & the Miricles, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Supremes, The Velvelettes, and many more) in true style. 

Vocalist Layonne Holmes (Tim McLoone & the Shirleys, Bob Bandiera Jersey Shore Rock-n-Soul Revue) and Bassist / Musical Director Gerald Carboy (David Sancious & Tone, Barry Miles & Silverlight) have enlisted some of Jersey’s best to honor this classic  music using a modern approach. Band members include:  

Ricky Collins—Vocals
Layonne Holmes—Vocals
Gerald Carboy—Bass / Vocals
Ralph Nataro—Guitar / Vocals
Arne Wendt—Keyboards / Vocals
Dave Anthony—Drums / Percussion
Joe Bellia—Drums / Percussion
Rick Brunermer—Tenor Sax
John Martin—Trumpet
Eddie Mendez - Trumpet
Tommy Meares—Trombone
Joe Grillo—Baritone Sax

While our main focus is Motown, we also honor Stax artists such as Otis Reading, Sam & Dave, Carla Thomas, Wilson Pickett, and Booker T and the MG’s.

The music of “Soulville” is an integral part of soul music's place in the American Songbook, and a perfect fit with the music of “Hitsville”.

For more information go to www.motorcityrevue.com

For bookings call 732-566-1595 or email info@motorcityrevue.com