Deja Vu Dionne & Lou Tribute

Iconic Sounds To Hear Again and Again

From  dazzling wardrobes to the riveting performances of the greatest hits by Dionne Warwick including "I Say A Little Prayer, Do You Know The Way to San José, Alfie, I'll Never Love This Way Again" and Lou Rawls "Groovy People, See You When I Get There, Tobacco Road," and many more.  [Performed by Debórah Benton & Leonard Julien with the Deja Vu DWT Band] - Their hits keep coming with music that will touch your very soul. 

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...the most important thing, of course, was the music, and it was a stroke of genius to team Warwick and Rawls in a tribute show. It seems like something that should have happened years ago, as both artists have an incredible body of work and very distinctive voices. ” - Guy D’Astolfo

— Author and Entertainment Editor for The Business Journal

Both Dionne Warwick and Lou Rawls would have been proud to see and hear how magnificently and professionally Debórah and Leonard paid tribute to their wonderful music” - Otha 'Shaft' Cooper

— Chief Sales Associate of 99.7 WKTX The Drum

For a relaxing and enjoyable evening of entertainment, check out the “Dionne Warwick - Lou Rawls Tribute show performed by Debórah Benton and Leonard Julien. The show will carry you back to a much simpler time, to reminisce such marvelous hits such as Alfie, Walk On By, I say a Little Prayer and countless others. The duets with Debórah and Leonard added a nice touch and helped to create a wonderful atmosphere. All in All, If you get the opportunity to see it, please do. It will be an evening to remember.” - Martha Robinson

— Writer-Director of "The Magic of Motown" Tribute, CEO, Dreams 4U Productions

A STROKE OF GENIUS

Something that should have happened years ago - - - - By ---Guy D’Astolfo Author and Entertainment Editor of The Business Journal

YOUNGSTOWN – Déjà Vu, the Dionne Warwick-Lou Rawls tribute show May 1 at the DeYor Performing Arts Center, had an elegance and intimacy that extended into the audience, thanks to the easygoing demeanor of singers Deborah Benton and Leonard Julien.

The seasoned performers had a comfort level that was respectful to the material but with room for their individuality. Benton and Julien shared stories in between-song banter to create a rapport with the audience.

But the most important thing, of course, was the music, and it was a stroke of genius to team Warwick and Rawls in a tribute show. It seems like something that should have happened years ago, as both artists have an incredible body of work and very distinctive voices. 

For many songs, just a few opening notes brought a wave of pleasure to the assembled – and maybe some good memories.

All of the hits were there, from “The Look of Love” and “I Say a Little Prayer” to “Lady Love” and “You’ll Never Find.” 

I’m not sure if Warwick and Rawls ever performed together, but Benton and Julien teamed up for a few numbers to close the show and complemented each other nicely.

The right phrasing and pacing are required to do justice to songs by Warwick and Rawls, and the two singers were fully on board.

They also had the voices. Benton captured the wistful Warwick and her mood-setting ways.

And Julien is among the few crooners anywhere who can naturally hit the bass notes like Rawls, exuding warmth. 

The stage at Ford Family Recital Hall was sparse for the show, keeping the focus on Benton and Julien, who wore stunning evening wear. The sparkle really came out in the second half, as both artists returned to the stage in glitzy attire.

Holding the show together was the tight and agile Walt Barnes Jr. Band.

The ensemble showed off its jazz chops in an interlude at the start of the second act.

On occasion, band members stepped joined in the fun. The sax player stepped off the dais to engage with Benton on “Do You Know the Way to San Jose” and other songs.

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