The Family Stand, who have garnered a raucous, worldwide following with their live shows and signature brand of soul searing funk, blended with socio-political pop, free jazz, hip-hop and hardcore rock, will mark their 30th anniversary reunion to live venue performances during their full Moon In Scorpio” album concert.

The performance, produced by Black Rock Coalition, takes place Friday, March 27 at D.C.’s City Winery in Northeast. It’s the first time that the group will appear at City Winery.

Sandra St. Victor, a member of the group, said, “We’re humbled to be playing City Winery for the first time and honored to join the list of our celebrated musical colleagues who have contributed to the franchise establishing a reputation for high-quality shows.”

Known for their expansive musical range and impeccable musicianship, the original trio – powerhouse vocalist/keyboard wizard Peter Lord, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist V. Jeffrey Smith and soul siren Sandra St. Victor – will perform cuts from their swansong set “Moon In Scorpio” for the first time in its entirety during the concert.

The Family Stand have returned to the studio where they’re currently working on their next album with plans to release the first single later this year.

The Family Stand will stimulate audiences with their sizzling stagecraft and memorable imprints, performing songs like ”Plantation Radio” and “The Education Of Jamie” that turn topical political content into eargasms.” At another end of the spectrum will be “Ghetto Heaven,” the song that became their biggest hit back in the ’90s, with the Soul II Soul remix becoming a standout track from the release and played in every club in the world.

“Ghetto Heaven” was also revived in 2000 by rap artist Common on his best-selling “Like Water For Chocolate” album as a duet with D’Angelo with Macy Gray featured as the female vocalist in the European remix video for the song.

The Family Stand Pays Tribute to Prince

In a heartfelt tribute to their dear friend, musical genius Prince,The Family Stand will perform at a special charity event sponsored by the PRN Alumni Foundation in Minneapolis at The Fine Line on April 18.

With former artists of Paisley Park, they and other select artists will join together in concert to continue to carry out the icon’s generosity and contributions he founded which support youth programs dedicated to the education, enrichment and expression of music, tech and the arts.

“Prince’s charitable support provided opportunities for so many others to help fulfill their dreams in music and in the arts,” St. Victor said. “He was our dear friend and an iconic genius who touched the world with his gifted talent. We are so honored to support Prince’s initiatives and continue to carry out his vision, his spirit and generosity to our communities.”

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This correspondent is a guest contributor to The Washington Informer.

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