Coming up at Hatton Regester Green, SupremeTemptation returns for an evening of Motown on the B&A Trail.
“We’re older white folk playing Motown music,” said Gary Peresta, the band’s bass player. “I started this band because I like the bassline, and I wanted to play them.”
SupremeTemptation features Nadine Wobus on vocals and keys; Frances Moyer on vocals and percussion; Al Tate on drums; Debbie Annen and John Annen on vocals; LJ Montgomery on guitar; and Gary Peresta on bass.
The cover band’s signature genre is Motown, but the group has expanded to play other music from the same era. Some of the more popular songs are “I’ll Be There,” “My Girl” and “Just My Imagination.”
“We all grew up in that era. We love this music,” Peresta said. “We love the music so much, so we’re keeping it up.”
SupremeTemptation has played at Hatton Regester Green previously, and Peresta said the band has been lucky with the weather.
“An interesting thing about playing there is people who are using the trails will be running by and some of them stop and stay,” Peresta said. “If not, they always give us a wave because they like what we’re doing.”
Guava Jelly, another band featuring Peresta on bass, will also perform at Hatton Regester Green this spring. This will be Guava Jelly’s first time playing the venue.
The band features Bridgette Michaels on guitar and vocals; Dawn Madak on percussion and vocals; and Peresta on bass.
Often known for its children’s music, Guava Jelly boasts a broad repertoire: reggae, pop, country and rock ‘n’ roll. With such a wide range of genres, Guava Jelly will base each set list off previous shows at the venue or similar venues.
“I feel like one of our strengths is that we know how to read the crowd and play to the crowd,” Madak said. “If we see that the crowd is leaning toward one kind of music or another, we’ll change it up; if not, we’ll stick to the set list.”
Michaels, who was born in Jamaica and grew up in Trinidad, started out by writing music for her children. She has produced three CDs of children’s music.
“We’ve played a lot of summer concerts all over,” Michaels said. “What a lot of people tell us is they really enjoyed the mix of music we played.”
SupremeTemptation plays on Sunday, May 12, and Guava Jelly plays on Sunday, May 26. Both concerts start at 4:00pm. Hatton Regester Green is located at the intersection of B&A Boulevard, Evergreen Road and Holly Avenue.