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The Suburbanite
  • On the Beat; Canton brothers bringing the funk to the Palace

  • On April 6, the Babers will present a concert titled Family Reunion Affair at the Palace Theatre. And Stark County is about to get its first-ever Andy Warhol exhibition.

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  • Twin brothers Jimmy and Johnny Baber, who grew up in Canton, attended McKinley High School and graduated from Timken, are successful jazz, funk and R&B musicians based in Houston. Guitarist Jimmy and bassist Johnny, 53, have worked with the likes of Eddie Levert, Najee, the Bar-Kays and Bobby Lyle, and performed on tour through Asia, Jimmy said. Last year, they performed on the Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage cruise.
    But they’ve never played Canton, something that is soon to change. On April 6, the Babers will present a concert titled Family Reunion Affair at the Palace Theatre. Headlining will be The Bar-Kays, a soul-funk band who scored such hits as “Soul Finger,” “Boogie Boy Land,” “Holy Ghost” and “Son of Shaft.”
    The Baber Brothers will perform with Bobby Lyle and Andre Grant. Other support acts include Forecast and Strictly Business. Comedian Joe Torry will emcee.
    “Basically, this is a concert thanking the mentors. That’s where it all started from,” Jimmy said. “We used to dream of playing with the Bar-Kays, we used to dream of playing with Bobby Lyle. We’ve always said if you can dream it, you can do it.”
    Tickets for the April 6 concert, priced at $30, $35, $40 and $50, are on sale at the Palace box office, 330-454-8172. Doors will open 6:30 p.m.
    WARHOL IS COMING
    Stark County is about to get its first-ever Andy Warhol exhibition.
    Titled “Snap! In the Photobooth with Warhol and Friends,” the show will open June 22 at the Massillon Museum with a free public celebration.
    Inspired by the working photo booth in the museum’s lobby, this original exhibition will include actual photo booth strips and Polaroids of Warhol and his Factory cohorts, along with Warhol’s silkscreen paintings that used the photos as source material. “These photo strips are rarely the focus of Warhol exhibits,” said Alexandra Coon, the museum’s executive director. “We’re excited to have found a way to make a connection with our photo booth.”
    The show will include original artworks on loan from the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, the Cleveland Museum of Art, Canton Museum of Art, Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, and Kent State University.
    “Surprisingly, there’s a solid representation of his work in area collections.
    The bulk of the show will be on loan from the Warhol Museum. We’re so fortunate to have them in close proximity. They’ve been very generous with their time and collection,” Coon said.  
    On June 21, a festive sneak-preview gala with a Studio 54 theme will offer cocktails, food, and disco dancing, with period costumes encouraged. It will be drenched in disco. Tickets, $80, will go on sale in late April, with proceeds to benefit the museum.
    Page 2 of 2 - “We’re really proud to be bringing Andy Warhol to Stark County,” Coon said. “We’re a free museum. It’s going to be accessible to the entire region.”