Take a trip down memory lane with RVA’s quintessential oldies vocal group, “Bak N Da Day”. Enjoy an evening filled with Golden Oldies from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, Philly Soul, Doo-Wop, Motown, and Broadway Show Tunes.
The group consists of bass and founder, Russell Bennett; baritone, Anthony Harris; 2nd tenor Booker Chambers; and 1st tenors, Dennis Coleman, and Michael Lemon. The group was founded in 1999 by Bennett. It was his desire to fulfill a long-time dream of singing with an aggregation of colleagues and friends who have fun crooning those evergreens from a time when you could “understand the words”. They draw their material from a catalogue of close to 150 songs, spanning the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. These guys are masters of vocal group harmony, encompassing several musical genres including Doo-Wop, Motown, and Philly Soul. They are able to replicate a variety of sounds primarily due to the fact that each member is proficient at singing lead.
The group has a dynamic sound and a reputation for being sharp dressers with slick routines. They have performed at many events, hotels, and clubs in and around Richmond and have opened for acts such as, Howard Hewitt, Stephanie Mills and the O’Jays. Bak N Da Day is just as comfortable rendering romance ballads by the Flamingos, Skyliners, and the Five Satins as they are with raucous ditties, such as “Tossin and Turnin” (Bobby Lewis).
Their grasp of Motown ranges from the sounds of the Temptations and the Miracles to the Four Tops and Jimmy Ruffin with a little Lionel Richie and the Commodores thrown in. They’ll have you swooning to the Stylistics, Delfonics, and Spinners or getting up to shag to The Intrigues, “In a Moment”. In addition, they’ll move you with show tunes from Broadway plays, such as “Showboat” and “Man of LaMancha”.