Levitt Amp Greensboro

Greensboro | North Carolina

Melva Houston and Roy Roberts

July 29, 2017 at 6pm

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Returning to the Levitt AMP Greensboro stage after a 2016 performance with the Gate City Divas, the Memphis, Tennessee born Melva Houston is an internationally acclaimed jazz and blues vocalist based out of Mount Airy, North Carolina. She began her career like so many other legendary southern musicians have: singing gospel music at church as a child. Following the familiar path of singers like Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Mavis Staples, she moved into contemporary, secular music as a teenager when she began work as a backup singer for the iconic Memphis soul label, STAX Records. There she recorded with R&B greats like Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, Rufus Thomas, Wilson Pickett and Sam and Dave. She would later star in a Motown Revue and a tour with the Platters that would take her to Europe for the first time.

Roy Roberts is an internationally known blues, soul, and rock’n roll musician from Greensboro, NC. Captivated when he first heard Jimmy Reed’s 1959 hit “Baby What You Want Me to Do” playing over the airwaves of his local Tennessee R&B station, young Roy knew he had to get a guitar in his hands. Thanks to a job on a local farm he was able to buy his first guitar: a mail order Sears Silvertone. This launched a lifetime career that would lead to performances all over the world, records and 45s released on Nina Simone’s NinaAndy label, plus touring gigs playing guitar with soul legends like Solomon Burke, Eddie Floyd, “Little” Stevie Wonder, Dee Clark, and Otis Redding.

After decades of recording and producing records with his own band, The Roy Roberts Experience and for other artists, Roy Roberts maintains an active touring and record producing schedule. Recent international performances include 2016 appearances at the Cognac Blues Passions Festival in Cognac, France, the Blues to Bop Festival in Lugano, Sweden, and Greensboro’s own Carolina Blues Festival. Like Melva Houston, Roy Roberts is a local treasure whose pedigree, career, and talent place him among the finest names in blues, soul, and rock’n roll history.

www.melvahouston.com  ·  www.royrobertsblues.com/

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ArtsGreensboro
336-373-7523, ext. 242
info@artsgreensboro.org

Location Info

For all concerts, grounds will open at 5pm, with the opening act starting at 6pm and the headliner starting at 7pm—unless indicated otherwise. All concerts should end by 8:30pm.

Parking

Over 250 paved parking places are available within Barber Park. Overflow parking will be made available at the Hayes-Taylor YMCA. Volunteers and signage will be on-site to help you find safe and convenient parking.

Please refrain from parking along streets in the surrounding residential neighborhoods.

Park Rules

Alcohol will be on-sale, therefore North Carolina law stipulates that no outside alcohol may be brought into the event. All alcohol purchased at the event must be consumed within the confines of the amphitheater/designated event area.

  • No weapons or firearms
  • No animals or pets
  • No fires or grills
  • No unauthorized vehicles driving or parking on unpaved surfaces

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