Melvin Davis, 'Detroit's Ambassador of Soul,' plays an early show at PJ's Lager House

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Melvin Davis, 'Detroit's Ambassador of Soul,' plays an early show at PJ's Lager House
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More Melvin! For those of you who didn’t get enough of a soul fix this week, Davis has another performance, this time an early show at PJ’s Lager House — where the 77-year-old living legend will play a mix of hits spanning his careers at Fortune and Motown Records. A songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Davis has touched many songs that have become beloved by the U.K.’s Northern Soul scene. As Michael Hurtt, writing for Metro Times, reported in a 2009 long-read, that’s Melvin’s drumming on Dennis Coffey & the Lyman Woodard Trio’s “River Rouge”/“It’s Your Thing,” his vocals on the 8th Day’s AM soul staple “You’ve Got to Crawl (Before You Walk),” and his pen behind the lyrics of J.J. Barnes’ “Chains of Love,” which was introduced to new audiences via the Dirtbombs. History, people!

Doors at 5 p.m., music starts at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26; 1254 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-961-4668; pjslagerhouse.com. Tickets are $12-$14.


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Lee DeVito

Leyland "Lee" DeVito grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, where he read Metro Times religiously due to teenaged-induced boredom. He became a contributing writer for Metro Times in 2009, and Editor in Chief in 2016. In addition to writing, he also supplies occasional illustrations. His writing has been published...
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