Ozzie Williams and members of the Monroe-Marion St, Band performed at the 34th annual Stone Soul Festival at Blunt Park on Roosevelt Ave in Springfield on Friday Night September 2nd 2022


By George Lenker | Special to The Republican

Theodores’ in Springfield has quite the one-two punch coming up on Sept 27-28 when Texas blues (by way of Connecticut) teams up with the Stax/Motown sound on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

Sept. 28, Theodores’ will bring in Ozzie Williams RRB, a tribute to the classic sounds that came out of the Stax, Motown, and Muscle Shoals studios in the early 1960s. Fronted by vocalist/percussionist Ozzie Williams, and backed by a four-piece band, RRB keeps the classic sounds of soul, reggae and R&B alive for today’s audiences. “RRB” stands for Roots, Rhythm, and Blues. The band includes veterans such as Marcus Childs, Dan Wallack, Ray Moore, and Gary Johnson.

HOLYOKE — Music, food and shopping are a handful of activities that were part of the Celebrate Holyoke 2019 festival at Heritage State Park.
The three-day will continue until Sunday, Aug. 25 and includes the Heritage Park Water Deck and Holyoke Merry-Go-Round.
Visitors have a wide variety of food and beverage such as the Holyoke Hummus Co., Frituras Latinas, Dino’s, the Silk Deli, Chill Out, the Beer Guy Brewery, and the Connecticut Yankee Concessions, to name a few.
Singer/songwriter Arlo Guthrie was headlining the festivities along with Johnny & the Flashbacks, Fancy Trash, Ozzie Williams, Eleven, The Eagles Experience, Opal Canyon, The Salsa Train Qrquestra, Los Gigantes de la Plena, Basement Cats, Appalachian Still and Sweet Daddy Cool Breeze and more.

Officials expect more than 15,000 visitors for the three-day period.

Vocalist Ozzie Williams performs at the 2019 Stone Soul Festival taking place at Blunt Park on Roosevelt Ave. in Springfield on August 30th(Ed Cohen Photo)