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Isley Brothers, Kem, to perform at Sun Dome in Tampa


Published:   |   Updated: August 7, 2013 at 01:11 PM

Doo-wop, R&B, soul and funk duo The Isley Brothers are coming to Tampa.

The long-surviving group, which now consists of brothers Ron and Ernie Isley, will perform at the USF Sun Dome on Oct. 5.

Singers Kem and comedian Nephew Tommy are set to open the show.

Tickets, priced at $30, $42, $60 and $80, go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster outlets, the Sun Dome box office at 4202 E. Fowler Ave., or by calling 800-745-3000.

The Isley Brothers formed as a gospel quartet with Ron, Rudy, Kelly and Vernon Isley in the 1950s, but launched a new career into doo-wop with their first million-selling single “Shout” in 1959. Hits such as “Twist and Shout,” “This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak For You)” and “It’s Your Thing” followed over the next decade.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees have continued to record and reached No. 1 on the Billboard R&B chart with their most recent album, 2006’s “Baby Makin’ Music.”

Ron Isley also gained recognition in recent years for portraying “Mr. Biggs” in the soap opera-styled videos for R. Kelly’s “Down Low,” and the Isley Brothers follow-up, “Contagious,” which featured R. Kelly.

Kem headlined a sold-out national tour in 2011 to support his Grammy-nominated album “Intimacy.”

Nephew Tommy is best known as the co-host of “The Steve Harvey Morning Show.”

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