Linwood Peel to present tribute to The Drifters


The Diamond Anniversary of The Drifters celebration will be led by legendary longtime lead vocalist, Linwood Peel, on Sept. 14 at the Pine Bluff Country Club, 1000 Country Club Lane, as part of Old Town Theatres Centre’s dinner theatre show.

Dinner starts at 6 p.m., and the show begins at 7:30.

Peel enjoys touching the soul of the people – turning words into substance. This is what audiences can expect in this fabulous show celebrating the diamond anniversary. Rolling Stone Magazine ranks the Drifters number 81 on their 100 greatest artists of all time. The Drifters have been inducted into both The Rock and Roll and the Vocal Group Halls of Fame and over the years have been fronted by memorable singers such as Clyde McPhatter, Ben E. King and Bill Pinkney. Peel is regarded as one of the best live performers in the group’s history.

Born the son of a North Carolina sharecropper, Peel’s voice was shaped in the church his father pastored. His deep gospel roots gave birth to a strikingly unique and powerful entertainer. His vocals are an attempt to take his human soul and project it in space. It is the ultimate gesture of getting out of himself. He takes a part of what is most private, most personal, most inward, and hurls it out in space – he projects it as far as he can. This style and gesture of opening his whole inner self results in an enormous spiritual release, and is felt by everyone with tremendous impact.

Peel has created the tribute to commemorate much of the great material to which is still known, sung and covered worldwide. He has appeared in every major night club and concert hall in the United States – from Los Vegas to 10 sold-out appearances at New York’s Madison Square Garden. He and The Drifters have literally toured the entire world including a one-month tour to the Far East and were chosen to represent the United States for the Great Bicentennial Tour of Russia.

OTTC, a not for profit organization, sponsors monthly nationally acclaimed dinner theatre shows. The atmosphere is inviting, friendly and welcoming, according to an event spokesman.

Moderate pricing for the dinner and show is $45 per person, which includes the gratuities. The shows are geared for adults and older teenagers. The dress code at the club is conservative when in doubt. For information call (870) 535-2646 or visit the website www.pbdtheatre.com.