Matthews was one of the featured performers on the first Rhapsody-N-Soul in 2020, but he’s serving as production manager this time around.
“I’ll have the helmet this time,” he said. “You won’t hear me doing anything until the very end. I’ve been doing spoken word since the 70s, so it’s great to be able to work with some of the up-and-coming young artists. I am happy that we can give them opportunities to perform and express themselves.
While the previous episode of Rhapsody-N-Soul was a no-frills evening of spoken word, “Revival Revelation Rejoice” is a diverse and highly produced evening of entertainment.
“For the first show, all six performers came out, we sat on bar stools and stood in line a couple of times,” Matthews said. “We each had four or five pieces and it was the end of the night. This time you’re not going to see the artists until it’s time for them to perform, with the exception of our house band, Allamby & Wilson. You won’t know who will come next, be it a poet, a guitarist or a storyteller.
Organizing live programs that are distinctly different is important to Scott Matthews.
“It reminds me of a Broadway show,” she said. “You’ve got every part of the entertainment produced theatrically, but people won’t know what to expect. I hope if people hear about Rhapsody-N-Soul, it’ll just be another aspect of creativity I don’t want to put myself in a box where I do the same thing all the time.
“It’s exciting to be part of my wife’s business and for us to be able to work together,” Matthews said. “We have a lot of the same interests, but she has skills that I don’t have, and I have skills that she doesn’t have. The fact that we have come together has really produced some very serious projects. We have lots of other ideas, so we will continue to do interesting things together in the future.
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HOW TO GET THERE
What: Rhapsody-N-Soul: “Revival Revelation Rejoice” with Georgia Me, Ralph Farley and more
Where: The Tank, lower level of the Dayton Arcade, 35 W. Fourth St., Dayton
When: 8 p.m. Friday, May 13. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Cost: General admission tickets are $35; 100 VIP seats available for $65 for doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals. The price includes two tickets for a drink, appetizers, premium seating, and early admission to the special event before the show at 6:30 p.m.
More info: www.soulfirellc.net