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Expect to be moved to dance at this real-deal soul and R&B double bill! Lee Fields & The Expressions first performed at SMF to a sold-out closing night crowd at Ships of the Sea in 2013. Since the late ‘60s, the North Carolina native has toured and played with Kool & the Gang, Sammy Gordon and the Hip-Huggers, O.V. Wright, Darrell Banks and Little Royal. In recent years he has come into his own, fronting the Truth & Soul Records house band, The Expressions. NPR recently commented that “the older Fields becomes, the closer he gets to perfecting the sound of soul that he grew up with as a young man.”

James Hunter made his SMF debut in 2011 on a co-bill with the late Allen Toussaint, playing a raucous opening set for the sold-out crowd at the Trustees Theater. Since then he has continued touring around the world, earning a reputation as a soul powerhouse. Hunter is heralded for his talents both as a live performer and songwriter, with The New Yorker describing his “tight, taut compositions” as “rooted in American soul music without being bound to it.”