Saturday, January 23rd, 3 pm and 7 pm at Schmidy’s Tavern, Palm Desert CA
By Lisa Morgan
There is a drought going on here in the Coachella Valley and I’m not talking about our water supply. I’m talking about the severely under-represented genre of soul melting Motown. But thanks to Schmidy’s Tavern in Palm Desert, and the fantastic six piece band, Prestige, our supply will be refreshed this Saturday night.
Prestige formed in 2003, where members met and formed friendships doing karaoke in Tracy, California. They knew they had something special. I spoke to Prestige front man, Steven Williams, who many already know and respect as the smooth and soulful lead singer in the Doug Phillips Band. “Our first show was on Valentine’s Day in 2003 at Ironwood Country Club and we received a great response,” Williams shared. “From there we played a couple of casinos and then the California State Fair. I remember that the Commodores were playing not far from us. We actually had people from their show coming to see us! That was an amazing experience playing to a packed audience…I mean they were to the rafters.”
Prestige is made up of three incredibly talented women and three equally talented men, and when these six musicians come to perform, they come to dazzle. In pure Motown form, all are dressed to the nines, providing an unforgettable visual as well as musical and vocal performance. Prestige is Sylvia Alves, Veneita Alsop, Kierah Bradley, Eddie Simpson, Warren “Woody” Walker and Steve Williams. Their show includes songs like “Heat Wave” and “Jimmy Mack” from Martha and the Vandellas, “Stop in the Name of Love” from The Supremes, “Ooh Baby, Baby” from Smokey Robinson, “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “My Girl” and “Papa was a Rolling Stone” from The Temptations, and so much more.
There will be two shows available – the first at 3 p.m. and the second at 7 p.m. Discounted pre-sale tickets can be purchased at Schmidy’s Tavern or you can call Steven Williams at (209) 834-6529. Tickets purchased before January 23rd are $20 and are $25 at the door the day of the show.