MAZE FEATURING FRANKIE BEVERLY
9 p.m., Riverfest Amphitheatre. $42-$85.
Let's consider three musicians influential in the development of Frankie Beverly
. First, Frankie Lymon, from whom Beverly, born Howard Beverly, borrowed a name. It was Lymon's talent, too, that, apparently, made Beverly recognize he wanted to perform gospel music. Down the road, after Beverly recorded for more than a decade with the Butlers, a soul group that attracted little attention beyond its hometown Philadelphia, he broke away to form his own band, much like his Philly contemporary Daryl Hall, who split from a vocal group to front Hall and Oates. Who knows if Hall's later Yacht Rock inspired Beverly to create his own mid-tempo, cheeseball synth-filled Yacht jams? Last but not least: Marvin Gaye, whose buttery vocals and socially conscious lyrics provided a template for Beverly. Perhaps equally important was Gaye's direct help to Beverly and his new group Raw Soul. Gaye helped the group land a record deal on Capitol and suggested a name change. The rest, as they say, is history. Frankie Beverly and Maze became one of the most beloved R&B acts of the late '70s and '80s. The nostalgic will be out thick on Saturday night to see if they've still got it.