The Impressions will help mark the 30th anniversary of a Night to Remember, an annual event that raises funds to support urban youth organizations in Chattanooga. Grammy nominated rhythm and blues singer Eddie Levert will also perform.
The show will take place Saturday, April 8 at 8 p.m. at the Chattanooga Convention Center. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, Jan. 25 at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center, Mary’s Lounge and www.anighttoremember.org. Corporate sponsorships are available by contacting (423) 463-0687.
The Impressions are best known for their string of hits in the 1960s, many of which served as anthems for the civil rights movement. They are also 1998 Grammy Hall of Fame inductees for their hit “People Get Ready” and winners of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation’s Pioneer Award.
Sam Gooden, founding member of the group, and Fred Cash are Chattanooga natives. Both are living locally. Jermaine Purifory of Cleveland, Tennessee will join them on stage. Their performance will serve as a farewell tribute, as the group will retire this year.
Eddie Levert is one of the founders and lead singers of the rhythm and blues group, The O’Jays. Known for his raspy voice, Levert has written and produced numerous hits. In 2016, he released his new record, “Did I Make You Go Ooh.”
In 29 years, A Night to Remember has raised over $4 million through its annual gala. A Night to Remember plans to use the proceeds of the 2017 event to increase ninth grade literacy in Hamilton County, fund local STEM programs and support arts and cultural programs for local youth.
Source: A Night to Remember