When you're looking for some sweet '70s soul music, you're not going to find anything much better than Maze featuring Frankie Beverly.
The group behind such classics as "Lady of Magic," "Back in Stride," "Workin' Together" and "Traveling Man" will be at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Friday.
Singer/writer/arranger/keyboardist/guitarist Beverly started the band in Philadelphia and had a couple of local records there under the name Raw Soul. In the early '70s, the band moved to San Francisco and adopted its familiar name. Actually, it has gone through a couple of variations on that name, including simply Maze and later Frankie Beverly and Maze.
The band gained its first national fame as Marvin Gaye's opening act and became a staple on "quiet storm" radio stations in the late 1970s. They had hit singles and gold albums from their 1976 debut recording to their album "Back to Basics" in 1993.
It's been a while since Maze featuring Frankie Beverly has topped the charts, but they've never stopped being a popular concert attraction, both in the United States and in Europe.
The band's music was celebrated in a 2009 album called "Silky Soul Music: An All Star Tribute to Frankie Beverly and Maze," that features lots of current performers, including Mary J. Blige and Ledisi, singing some of the band's biggest and best songs.
Details: 8 p.m. Sept. 27, Mahaffey Theater, 401 First St, S., St. Petersburg. Tickets: $49.50-$79.50 Information: 727-892-5767, www.themahaffey.com.
-- Marty Clear