Bobby Brooks Wilson, the son of Motown icon Jackie Wilson brings his hit show Jackie Wilson: The Legacy Continues to the Suncoast Hotel & Casino for a special two-night engagement Friday, May 1 and Sunday, May 3, 2015.
Jackie Wilson: The Legacy Continues is a musical tribute to the career accomplishments and unique talents of Jackie Wilson as told by his son Bobby. Utilizing his own talents as a singer and dancer Bobby offers a distinctive view of the Motown era and a special salute to good friends including Little Richard, Sam Cooke, Elvis, family-friend Bruno Mars and many more.
“I am thrilled to bring my show to Las Vegas and to be allowed the opportunity to share my talents with the town I call home,” said Bobby Brooks Wilson. “Performing at the Suncoast and meeting new fans is truly an honor for me. I want this to be a memorable show for every single guest coming out to support me, whether they were a fan of my father or are a fan of mine. We are going to sing, dance and laugh the night way. This show is full of energy and will treat everyone to classic sounds as well as new soulful sounds – truly it is designed to entertain every age group and be a night they never forget.”
Although born in New York, as an infant Bobby ended up in the South Carolina foster system where he was given the name Bobby Brooks. Completely unaware of his lineage, growing up in Columbia, SC the young boy was stricken with an array of childhood diseases ranging from rickets to bronchitis. The illnesses left him unable to thrive and play like other children his age so he found comfort listening to music. It wasn’t until many years later, long after he began performing, that he realized his own musical talent flowed naturally because he was the son of Motown icon Jackie Wilson, who was known at the height of his career for hits including “Lonely Teardrops,” “Higher and Higher” and many more.
At the age of 16, Bobby joined Project Upward Bound through which he eventually met his birth mother and half-sisters. The budding musician completed two years of study at the Midlands Technical College and was in his first semester at the University of South Carolina, when he made the decision to drop out and join the Navy.
Shortly after his honorable discharge in 1989 with $20,000 in hand, Bobby made a decision that would forever change his life. He chose to participate in a talent show by performing “Just Once,” the James Ingram ballad. This one small show led to further performances at local venues and what would become a long career as a entertainer. It was after hearing one performance of the Motown classic “My Girl” that Peter Hernandez, lead singer for the doo-wop group Peter and the Love Notes, approached Bobby and invited him to sing with the Hernandez family group. Bobby accepted the invitation and became a back-up singer for the group, forever changing his path in the music world. Hernandez’s son, then-six year old Peter Jr., was part of the show as an Elvis impersonator. Peter Jr. would soon go on to find fame in his own right as Bruno Mars.
Today, thanks to the innate ability of veteran record producer Tony Mantor of Nashville’s Plateau Music, Bobby entertains audiences of all ages around the world with his unique and spirited style of entertaining. Merging together the sounds of his father and yesteryear with soulful current sounds his show is high-energy and guaranteed to bring fans to their feet. His hit single “I Can’t Love You Anymore” is now on the Ballot for the 2015 GRAMMYs.
Showtime each evening of the two night engagement is 7 p.m. Tickets are available from $19.95, plus tax and convenience fees and can be purchased by visiting www.suncoastcasino.com or by calling 702-284-7777. For more information on Bobby Brooks Wilson please visit www.bobbybrookswilson.com.