Aesthetically Speaking

The Steeles perform ‘The Colors of Gershwin’

the steeles photo by john wagner Gospel/soul group, The Steeles will grace the Redleaf stage at The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts Friday, Oct. 10 and Sunday, Oct. 12 with their new show “The Colors of Gershwin.”

This production will feature a collection of George and Ira Gershwin songs re-imagined with new arrangements by the Steele family. The Steeles infuse jazz, gospel and soulful arrangements of Gershwin songs such as “It Ain’t Necessarily So.” “Foggy Day,” “Of Thee I Sing” and many other Gershwin classics. The arrangements feature the vibrant harmonies that the family is internationally known for and combines the element of colors in the lighting of the show to categorize the many moods and styles of the Gershwin songs.

The Steeles are a family group of brothers and sisters that consist of J.D., Fred, Jearlyn, Jevetta, and Billy Steele. They have been singing together since they were young children growing up in Gary, Ind. They began to develop their style and soul in Minneapolis. The Steeles have recorded and performed with Prince, Donald Fagen, Morgan Freeman, George Clinton, Kim Carnes, The Blind Boys of Alabama, James Cleveland, Mahalia Jackson and many others throughout their long and storied career. The family has traveled around the world in the musical “The Gospel At Colonus” including a Broadway run at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre in 1988.

Tickets are $40 (fees included), and are available at, or by calling the box office at (612) 206-3600.

The Oct. 10 show starts at 7:30 p.m. and the Oct. 12 show takes place at 2 p.m. The Cowles Center is located at 528 Hennepin Ave., downtown Minneapolis.

September 25, 2014
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