Newberry, SC- Are you looking for a way to get out of the house? Do you want to visit someplace new? see something new? Well, you are in luck, the Newberry Opera House has many shows this February that may fit those wants. One great chance to get out of the house is to see two great shows back to back. The Fabulous Thunderbirds, a great American blues and rock band will be visiting the Opera House on February 9 and then see Mary Wilson, a world-renowned musician, author and humanitarian, who will be singing classics from her days as the lead singer of The Supremes on February 10. If you don’t live in Newberry, then this is a great opportunity to get away for a weekend.
For over 30 years, The Fabulous Thunderbirds have been a quintessential American blues, rock band that uses a fusion of many different sounds and musical styles spread across several different genres. The band started in 1974 when Kim Wilson and Jimmie Vaughan meet in Austin, Texas which had an extensive music scene at the time. They developed a reputation as a compelling live act and signed a record deal with CBS/Epic Records. In 1979, they released their first self-titled album Girls Go Wild which became an instant success. They released several albums in the few years afterward before they entered the front page of the mainstream American blues and rock genres with the release fifth album Tuff Enuff in 1986 and they continued their success throughout the ’90s. Two of the original founders of the Thunderbirds, Kim Wilson, and Jimmie Vaughan left in 1989 and 1996 respectively. The band still tours extensively throughout the U.S. and in Europe without some of its original members. However, when they visit the Newberry Opera House in February, Kim Wilson will be touring with The Thunderbirds. Their popular songs include: “Tuff Enuff”, “Wrap It Up”, “Powerful Stuff”, “Wait on Time”, “Winter Wonderland” and “I Believe I’m In Love”.
Mary Wilson, one-time member of the Supremes still sings with the same passion as she did when she was a part of the Supremes. This famous female trio started in 1961 by Mary Wilson, Florence Ballard, and Diane Ross when their talent was recognized by Motown records. They signed on to Motown and began recording songs, their best run came from 1964-1969 where they recorded twelve #1 hits. After that two of the original members of the Supremes left, Wilson and two new members continued to have some success with several hits within the top 20 on the Billboard hot 100 chart. Mary Wilson left the Supremes in 1977, where she went on to record hit albums of her own, and become a best-selling author. The world-renowned celebrity is now using her fame and flair to promote humanitarian efforts to end hunger, raise AIDS awareness and encourage world peace. Ms. Wilson is a best-selling author, motivational speaker, businesswoman, and former U.S. Cultural Ambassador. Some of Mary Wilson’s most popular songs include: “You Can’t Hurry Love,” “The Happening,” “Baby Love,” “Stop in the Name of Love”, “Back In My Arms Again”, and “Stoned Love”.