The Tri-County Urban League is proud to present the S.O.S. Band for its 2018 Black & White Gala, which is the Urban League’s largest fundraiser of the year. The Tri-County Urban League provides desperately needed services such as G.E.D, Tutoring, Youth Development and Employment Services.
The S.O.S. Band is one of the most successful, but often overlooked, funk/soul bands of the 80s. The SOS Band released a handful of monster rhythmic hits that stand up well more than two decades after hitting the airwaves.
Founded in Atlanta, the “Sound of Success” Band at its peak consisted of singers Mary Davis and Jason Bryant, saxmen Willie Killebrew, Billy Ellis, drummer James Earl Jones III, bassist John Simpson, Guitarist Bruno Speight and later joined by Multi-instrumentalist Abdul Ra’oof.
Signed to the fast-rising Tabu label in 1980, the band debuted auspiciously, hitting the top of the charts with its self-titled album as well as the Sigidi Abdullah composition “Take Your Time (Do It Right).” But bigger success lay ahead, as the group teamed with now-legendary hit makers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis for a series of albums that yielded hit after hit, including “Just Be Good To Me,” “Just The Way You Like it,” “Tell Me If You Still Care,” and their biggest smash, a 1986 beat-heavy masterpiece, “Finest.”
Tickets to the Gala are $125.00 each which includes a Social Hour, Dinner and the Concert. Concert only tickets are $50.00. For Table and Sponsorship information or to purchase tickets, please contact the Tri-County Urban League at 309-673-7474. This event is black tie optional and will be held on April 28, at the Par-A-Dice Hotel 21 Blackjack BLVD in East Peoria IL.