The hallmark of Alden “Junior” Wilson and his outfit The Movies is the tight vocal harmonies, which will rock Fire & Ice at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino on Friday.
The Movies, a band whose name has nothing to do with film, is comprised of a lively quintet of musicians aged 50-plus who don’t rely on moving around on stage with the same gusto as guys half their age. Rather than trying to whip crowds into a frenzy with acrobatics, the savvy veterans grip audiences with their angelic voices via a range of covers that span Motown hits to ’80s rock.
“A lot of bands fall short on vocal harmonies,” said Wilson, 64, of Milford, who plays guitar, keys and sings in The Movies. “It’s a lot of work, so [some] people can’t really do it.”
Wilson says one of the most important elements in creating strong harmonies is “you have to really track and read what the other person is doing from moment to moment.”
Old school dudes
Considering The Movies formed in 1979, it’s amazing the nucleus of the band — which includes Wilson, Ray Strube (drums) and Bobby Barr (bass and vocals) — is still intact. In its earlier days, the band started out playing original music throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Times were good back then and so were gas prices. But by 1997, The Movies had seen its fair share of members come and go from the group and the band went on a 10-year hiatus. “No one was hating each other, but we needed a break,” Wilson explained.
In 2006, the three amigos, along with Rick Beck (vocals, keys and guitar) reunited for a Halloween gig at Wild Quail Country Club in Wyoming and received a terrific response from the crowd. By December, The Movies were complete when they added Chad Cooper (percussion) to the fold.
The band is back on the road and playing in the Mid-Atlantic region. This time they’re playing cover tunes, but Wilson says he’s hopeful the band can get back to showing off their originals in the coming months.
Some tunes in their catalog
While The Movies haven’t finalized their set list for Friday’s concert, some of the songs in their repertoire include: The Temptations’ “Sugar Pie Honey Bunch,” Bob Dylan's "I Shall Be Released," as well as the Bee Gees’ “Run To Me” and Hall & Oates’ “Sara Smile.” For a more extensive list of their repertoire, click here.
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WHAT Junior Wilson & the Movies in concert
WHEN 9:30 p.m., Friday
WHERE Fire & Ice at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, 1131 North DuPont Highway, Dover
COST To be announced for non-Capital Club card-users; free for Capital Club card-users
INFO Doverdowns.com or call 674-4600