Jones Beach hosts Summer Music Festival
Maze, featuring Frankie Beverly, has steadily built a reputation for blending soul and jazz. Hailing from Philadelphia, Maze developed a fan base that has grown over the years after getting its start opening for Marvin Gaye in the mid-'70s.
Although the group never crossed over to mainstream success, Maze gained respect and critical acclaim for such songs as "Back in Stride," "Too Many Games" and "Can't Get Over You." The song "Joy & Pain" was significantly popular in Britain, while "Before I Let Go" became the group's signature tune in the States.
One of the original divas, Patti LaBelle is still going strong at the age of 68. She led the disco parade with "Lady Marmalade" in the '70s, continued her reign in the '80s with pop hits "New Attitude," "Stir It Up" and "On My Own," and solidified her legendary status with R&B dance tunes "The Right Kinda Lover" and "When You Talk About Love" in the '90s.
Aside from her music career, LaBelle has added bestselling author to her list of accolades with three cookbooks and two self-help titles under her belt. She even sells her own barbecue sauces and marinades.
The O'Jays are known for their brand of '70s soul, with 24 Top 10 hits. Such songs as "Love Train" and "For the Love of Money" still resonate with audiences whether it be on a Gap commercial or as the theme song to "The Apprentice," respectively. These Rock & Roll Hall of Famers -- Eddie Levert and Walter Williams, plus newer member Eric Nolan -- were even featured in the 2003 Cuba Gooding Jr. film "The Fighting Temptations."
KENNETH 'BABYFACE' EDMONDS
Edmonds has made it on both sides of the music business -- as a writer-producer and an artist. This 10-time Grammy winner has collaborated with some of the biggies -- including Whitney Houston, Beyoncé, Michael Jackson and Mariah Carey. He's best known for penning Boys II Men's "End of the Road," Madonna's "Take a Bow" and Eric Clapton's "Change the World," all of which dominated adult contemporary radio in the '90s.
WHEN | WHERE 7 p.m. Wednesday at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
INFO $35.75-$175.75, 800-745-3000, livenation.com