Mannheim Steamroller

July 26, 2019 by  
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Chip Davis, founder and creator of Mannheim Steamroller, will celebrate the 35th Anniversary of his annual Christmas concert tour, making it the longest running consecutive concert tour in the entertainment industry!

Davis said the hallmark tour will begin on November 11th, 2019 and run through December 29th, 2019 Two traveling ensembles will hold performances in cities across the country. “I remember when I came out with my first Christmas album in 1984 followed by our first tour. Back then, many in the music industry said focusing on Christmas just wouldn’t work,” said Davis. “Now, 35 years later, we are still going strong. I want to thank our fans for making us part of their holiday tradition. Today we often see multi-generational families join us during the holidays each year.”

Davis founded his own record label, American Gramaphone, which went on to become one of the industry’s largest independent record labels. A Grammy Award winner, Mannheim Steamroller has sold more than 40 million albums, 29 million in the Christmas genre. Their holiday CD’s have become synonymous with Christmas and occupy top positions on Billboard’s Seasonal Chart every year.

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis is co-produced by MagicSpace Entertainment. The company is headed by Lee D. Marshall, Joe Marsh, John Ballard, and Steve Boulay and has been producing and presenting national tours, Broadway shows, concerts and museum exhibits worldwide for over 35 years. They have an office in Park City, UT. www.magicspace.net

About Chip Davis and Mannheim Steamroller

From his longtime home in Omaha, Neb., Mannheim Steamroller creator and founder Chip Davis makes innovative music inspired by the sounds of another age. This former teacher and jingle writer founded the music industry’s largest independent recording label, American Gramaphone, in 1974 when industry executives said Davis’ innovative 18th century instrumental rock sound would never sell. In addition to a Grammy Award, Davis is largely credited with establishing the New Age music category.

His first Christmas album in 1984, revolutionized the making and marketing of holiday music, the album’s success made Christmas records a “must do” for all music artists. With more than 29 million Christmas albums sold, Davis is the #1-selling Christmas artist of all time with Elvis coming in at a distant 17 million holiday records sold.


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The Four Tops & Temptations

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The Temptations

For more than fifty years, The Temptations have prospered, propelling popular music with a series of smash hits, and sold-out performances throughout the world.

The history of The Temptations is the history of contemporary American pop. An essential component of the original Barry Gordy, Motown machine, The Temps began their musical life in Detroit in the early sixties. It wasn’t until 1964, however, that the Smokey Robinson written and produced “The Way You Do The Things You Do” turned the guys into stars.

An avalanche of hits followed, including .”My Girl,” for instance…attained immortality. “It’s Growing,” “Since I Lost My Baby,” “Get Ready,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “Beauty Is only Skin Deep,” “I Wish It Would Rain”…and the hits kept coming.

The classic lineup was Otis Williams, Melvin Franklin, Paul Williams, Eddie Kendricks and David Ruffin. Beyond the fabulous singing, The Temps became known for their smooth stepping and flawless presentations. The Temptations Walk became a staple of American style, flair, and class.

Today’s Temptations:
Otis Williams, Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, Larry Braggs, Willie Greene Jr.

“The Temps have always been known for great lead singers” says original member Otis Williams. “Today we have four of the greatest leads in the proud history of the group.” They now include, the soaring voice of Philadelphia raised Ron Tyson, perhaps the best high tenor in the business along with Terry Weeks, a singing sensation from Alabama who so impressed Otis with an on the street performance, he brought him into The Temptations family.

They are joined by Larry Braggs who is passionate, powerful and a two-time Grammy-nominated artist. With a vocal range over three octaves, Larry has become one of the most electrifying entertainers on tour.

They are joined by Willie Greene, a Bass vocalists from Alabama. In the early-sixties Willie first saw The Temptations a child and knew he would be a Temptation forever. Throughout my career I’ve I had the honor, privilege and pleasure of recording and performing with Lyle Lovett, Dolly Parton, John Fogerty, George Harrison(The Beatles)….This opportunity to become a part of the “Great Temptation Legacy” is truly God’s greatest musical gift to me! I would like to thank Mr. Otis Williams for his tenacity in keeping the group together and granting me this opportunity!

The Four Tops

The Four Tops are a vocal quartet from Detroit, Michigan who helped to define the city’s Motown sound of the 1960s. The group’s repertoire has included soul music, R&B, disco, adult contemporary, doo-wop, jazz, and show tunes.

Founded as the Four Aims, lead singer Levi Stubbs, Abdul “Duke” Fakir, Renaldo “Obie” Benson and Lawrence Payton remained together for over four decades, performing from 1953 until 1997 without a change in personnel.

Their first hit “Baby I Need Your Loving” in 1964 made them stars. It was the beginning of decades of smash hits including, “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch,” “Reach Out,” “Standing In The Shadows in Love,” “Bernadette,” “Ain’t No Woman,” “When She Was My Girl,” “It’s The Same Old Song” and the list goes on and on.

Like The Temptations, The Four Tops have earned numerous awards including The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Vocal Group Hall of Fame and Grammy Hall Of Fame. And both groups are among the most enduring and popular of all times. Their music is forever.

The Four Tops today include original member Abdul “Duke” Fakir, singer and songwriter, Alexander Morris of Detroit. Alexander is joined by Ronnie McNeir who replaced the legendary Levi Stubbs and Roquel Payton who is the son of original member Lawrence Payton.


Texas Tenors

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The Texas Tenors are the most successful music group in the history of America’s Got Talent! Since appearing on the show in 2009, JC, Marcus and John have released 4 studio albums, 2 PBS Specials, 4 DVDs, multiple singles and a children’s book that have earned them impressive recognition including 3 Emmy Awards, The Gelett Burgess Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature and the distinction of being Billboard Magazine’s 2017 #10 Classical Crossover Artist in the World. Their most recent albums “Rise” and “A Collection of Broadway and American Classics” both debuted at #1 on the Billboard Classical Chart.

These classically-trained, versatile tenors have performed more than 1300 concerts around the world including headline shows in Las Vegas, China and a 24-city tour on the United Kingdom. With three different live concerts “Rise: Live on Tour”, rousingly patriotic “Let Freedom Sing” and holiday favorite “Deep in the Heart of Christmas”, their concerts appeal to all ages and have been wildly successful.

In addition to collaborations with some of the most prestigious symphonies in the world, The Texas Tenors have performed at The White House National Tree Lighting, Congressional Medal of Honor Ceremonies, numerous charity events, NBA games and The PBR World Finals in Las Vegas.

The Texas Tenors are celebrating 10 years together by launching their “10th Anniversary Tour” for the 2019-2020 season. Earlier this year, they were honored to be included among the top 50 acts in the world and the only vocal group from the United States invited to compete on NBC’s primetime series America’s Got Talent: The Champions.


Chicago

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Formed in 1967 in the band’s namesake city, Chicago is one of the longest-running and best-selling groups of all time. It’s the first American band to ever chart albums in Billboard’s Pop Top 40 in six consecutive decades, the highest charting American band in Billboard’s Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists and the #4 band on Billboard’s All-Time Top Bands and Duos list.

The group’s extensive accomplishments include: two Grammy Awards®, multiple American Music Awards, 11 Number One singles, five consecutive Number One albums, and record sales in excess of 100,000,000, with 47 albums earning gold and platinum certification.

Chicago was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2016, and Chicago’s first album, Chicago Transit Authority, was inducted into the GRAMMY® Hall Of Fame in 2014. Robert Lamm and James Pankow became inductees of the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2017. These legendary songwriters wrote mega-hits such as, “25 or 6 to 4,” “Saturday In The Park,” “Feelin’ Stronger Every Day,” “Make Me Smile,” and many others.


84th Season of Community Concerts

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Chicago Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Texas Tenors Friday, February 14, 2020
The Four Tops & Temptations Friday, March 6, 2020
5th Show Watch for announcement

We are excited about our 84th  season line-up. Thank you for your continued support. None of this could happen without you.  We  look forward to seeing everyone at the shows!

Join us as we celebrate 84 years in the Fayetteville community.


 

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