Timeless Music Festival features Robert Wilson of GAP Band, saxophonist Mike Phillips and comedian Melanie Comarcho on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010 in Oklahoma

EDITOR’S NOTE: SINCE THIS POSTED, HAVE SAD NEWS: ROBERT WILSON DIED ON AUG. 15, 2010. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO HIS FAMILY, FRIENDS AND MANY FANS. READ STORY HERE: http://www.tulsaworld.com/scene/article.aspx?subjectid=269&articleid=20100816_269_A12_CUTLIN206688&rss_lnk=4

Robert Wilson of the legendary GAP Band will headline the Timeless Music Festival, an exciting new Jazz, Jokes and Funk Jam event, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010, at the Rose Bowl Event Center419 E. 11th St. in Tulsa, OK.
The lineup also includes the popular comedian Melanie Comarcho, best known for her performances on HBOs Shaquille O’Neal AllStar Comedy Jam, the Katt Williams Tour and the Martin Lawrence 1st  Amendment Tour; and Hidden Beach recording artist, saxophonist Mike Phillips, who has toured with Stevie  Wonder and Prince and dedicates his just released third album M.P.3. to the late great Wayman Tisdale, the Tulsa native NBA AllStar and popular contemporary jazz bassist who helped Phillips sign his original deal with Hidden Beach.
The festival, the kickoff date of the Timeless Music U.S. tour that continues in late September, begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20, VIP (including reserved table seating) $30.
While the GAP Band featuring Robert and his brothers Charlie and Ronnie Wilson were named after Greenwood, Archer and Pine Streets in Tulsa, the group broke through to its biggest success after they moved to Los Angeles and hooked up with producer Lonnie Simmons. 1979s Shake was the first of several highenergy, synth- and bassheavy party anthems, followed by Burn Rubber (Why You Wanna Hurt Me Bad) and the oftsampled “You Dropped a Bomb on Me.” Today the Gap Band still brings the party to packed houses worldwide, and the group was recently honored with this year’s BMI Icon Award for their “enduring influence on generations of music makers.” At the root of the groups influential style lies Roberts vivacious bass work, which anchors the bands groove and provides the foundation for his Charlie’s synth- bass parts.
Camarchos TV appearances include The Brian McKnight Show on CW, The Sarah Silverman Project on Comedy Central, Comics Unleashed on CW, One Mic Stand” on BET, The New Def Comedy Jam  on HBO, The Jamie Foxx Show (Warner Bros.), The Chris Rock Show (HBO) and The Tom Joyner Show on ABC.
A native of Mount Vernon, N.Y., Phillips made his NYC debut at Wilsons Nightclub in  1993, which led to a series of session and sideman jobs in jazz, R&B and rap. Eventually, he attracted the  attention of Hidden Beach, which signed him and put him on the road in 2001 opening for Jill Scott. His debut  album You Have Reached Mike Phillips, was released in 2002, followed by Uncommon Denominator in 2005.
For more information and VIP tickets, call (918) 2950066.