83rd Season of Community Concerts

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Michael McDonald Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Three Dog Night Friday, February 22, 2019
Choir of Man Friday, February 27, 2019
The O’Jays Friday, March 15, 2019
America Thursday, April 4, 2019

We are excited about our 83rd 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 83 years in the Fayetteville community.


Choir of Man

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Community Concerts and Fayetteville have been selected to present THE CHOIR OF MAN as part of their inaugural North American tour! This worldwide smash, and runaway hit of numerous music festivals, will have state side audiences on their feet!

CHOIR OF MAN has become know across the globe as “the ultimate-feel good show.” It’s a party. It’s a concert! It’s a pint-filled good time  set in a real working pub that combines hair-raising harmonies, high-energy dance, and live percussion with foot-stomping choreography. The multi-talented cast of nine handsome blokes sings everything – pub tunes, folk, Broadway, classic rock – all to roof-raising heights.

It’s the best singing, dancing, stomping, pub crawl of a show you’ll ever attend!  One of the show’s producers, Nic Doodson states, “The guys have spent the last couple of years touring the UK and Australia and they are ready to bring this show to American audiences! This concert is such a great time for all – whether it’s a ladies night, first date, guys night out or even a bachelorette party! So, grab your best mates and we’ll see you at the venue…the first pint is on us (seriously!)”Imagine the greatest pub gig you’ve ever been to, multiply it by ten, and you’ll still be nowhere near the fun that this show exudes throughout.

The show celebrates music that has wide appeal including songs by Adele, Queen, Paul Simon, Katy Perry, Red Hot Chili Peppers and more. The cast features world-class tap dancers, acrobats, singers, instrumentalists and poets, ensuring that there is something for everyone in this joyous and uplifting show for all ages.

THE CHOIR OF MAN  is the latest show from the creative minds of Nic Doodson and Andrew Kay – the team behind Soweto Gospel Choir, The Magnets, and the award-winning North by Northwest.

“A feast for the senses, Choir of Man will have you dancing down the aisles. Leave your worries in your coat and grab a pint!” – Broadway Baby


Michael McDonald

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With a career that encompasses five Grammys, numerous chart successes and personal and professional accolades, as well as collaborations with some of the world’s most prominent artists, Michael McDonald remains an enduring force in popular music. Hailing from St. Louis, McDonald arrived in Los Angeles in the early 1970s, honing his talents as a studio musician before becoming an integral part of Steely Dan. In the mid-’70s McDonald was invited to join the Doobie Brothers as the band redefined their sound with McDonald serving as singer, keyboardist and songwriter on such Top 40 singles as “Takin’ It To The Streets,” “It Keeps You Runnin’,” “Minute By Minute” and “What A Fool Believes.” Throughout the ’80s and ’90s McDonald’s solo career took off with a string of hits including “I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near),” “Sweet Freedom,” “On My Own” (with Patti LaBelle) and the Grammy-winning James Ingram duet “Yah Mo B There,” plus he co-wrote the Van Halen hit “I’ll Wait.” McDonald has performed with a who’s-who of critically acclaimed artists across a number of genres, including Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Joni Mitchell, Vince Gill and Grizzly Bear.

McDonald’s forthcoming album, Wide Open (out September 15 via BMG), finds him collaborating with a number of special guests including Warren Haynes, Robben Ford, Marcus Miller and Branford Marsalis. McDonald’s first album of original material in 17 years, Wide Open is comprised largely of material written over a number of years in-between projects and recorded in McDonald’s Nashville studio with drummer Shannon Forrest (Faith Hill, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Toto) and an extensive cast of Nashville session musicians. The record follows a trio of albums of R&B and soul covers McDonald recorded for the fabled Motown label, the most recent being 2008’s Soul Speak.

McDonald’s other recent collaborations include his work on the critically acclaimed track “Show You The Way” with multi-genre bassist, singer and producer Thundercat and Kenny Loggins; McDonald performed the song with Thundercat during a surprise guest appearance at Coachella in April. This past spring, McDonald was joined by Solange Knowles, Allen Stone, Lawrence and members of Snarky Puppy and Vulfpeck at the Okeechobee Music Fest. McDonald continues to tour extensively as a solo artist, with a lengthy run of summer and fall tour dates planned with Loggins and Boz Scaggs.


Three Dog Night

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Three Dog Night is currently celebrating their 4th decade bringing with them some of the most astonishing statistics in popular music. Between 1969 and 1974, no other group had more top 10 hits, sold more records or more concert tickets than Three Dog Night.

The enduring popularity of the group, their music and message continues to wind through the fabric of pop culture today. From records, to commercials and major motion pictures, songs like Mama Told Me Not to Come, Black and White, Shambala and One continue to thrill one and all.

Three Dog Night continues to maintain an aggressive, year-round touring schedule The band includes founder and lead vocalist, Danny Hutton along with Michael Alsup, Paul Kingery, Pat Bautz and David Morgan all of whom take pride in performing their hit filled concerts for generation-spaninng audiences. The band’s now famous name refers to native Australian hunters in the outback who huddled with their dogs for warmth on cold nights; the coldest being a “three dog night.”

And very few have even come close to matching the impact and success of this legendary group. With 21 consecutive top 40 hits, including 3 #1 singles and 12 straight Gold Albums, Three Dog Night have hits in pop, rock and country and not just at home but across the planet. For many, they really have helped bring Joy To The World.


The O’Jays

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The O’Jays are touring history, a connection to an era and a sound that formed the soundtrack for the lives of several generations. The O’Jays are still hitting the road with the same electrifying energy they’ve had for over 50 years.

Walter Williams and Eddie Levert first met when they were the ages of 6 and 7 respectively. As teenagers in Canton, Ohio, they formed a band originally consisting of Eddie Levert, Walter Williams, William Powell, Bobby Massey and Bill Isles. In 1963, the band took the name “The O’Jays” in tribute to Cleveland radio disc jockey Eddie O’Jay. Several members have changed, but the core, original lead singers Eddie Levert and Walter Williams, continue to front the group.

In 1972, Gamble & Huff, a team of producers and songwriters with whom the O’Jays had been working for several years, signed the group to their Philadelphia International label. With this magic formula, often called The Sound of Philadelphia, The O’Jays scored the first number 1 and million-seller, “Backstabbers.” Subsequently, they succeeded with various chart-topping pop and R&B singles including “Love Train”, “Put Your Hands Together”, “For The Love of Money”, “I Love Music”, “Darlin’ Darlin’ Baby (Sweet, Tender, Love)”, “Livin’ For The Weekend” and“Use Ta Be My Girl.” This success propelled The O’Jays to be the first black vocal group to perform in arenas throughout America during the 70s and 80s.

Eddie and Walter have a rare lifelong bond that few of us will ever experience; friends and partners for almost 65 years. “We still appreciate our friendship, dedication to each other and the group and our love for good music.” Walter continues, “We probably could have had great solo careers, but I don’t think either one of us could have ever have been as big as The O’Jays.” Walter Williams could be considered a hero as he has battled Multiple Sclerosis or “MS” for 30 years and continues to execute his dance moves with perfection when performing on-stage with the group. Walter is also a volunteer National Ambassador for the MS Society and a spokesperson for MS Active Source. Eddie Levert is known for his raspy voice and has a range that takes him from alto to second tenor. Levert teamed up with his son Gerald for a duet on“Baby Hold On To Me”, which hit number one on the R&B charts. Eddie has also mentored his very successful sons Gerald and Sean who became major forces in the music industry.

The O’Jays were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2005. They were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2005 and honored with BET’s Life Time Achievement Award in 2009. In 2013, they were inducted into The Official R&B Music Hall of Fame. Today, the songs of The O’Jays are still being used in many movies, commercials and TV shows. “For The Love of Money” continues to be the theme song for “The Apprentice.”

Eddie Levert Sr., Walter Williams Sr. and Eric Nolan Grant, who joined the group in 1995, continue to thrill fans today. Throughout their career The O’Jays have achieved 10 Gold albums, 9 Platinum albums and 10 #1 hits. It’s been a long journey but thanks to the fans the LOVE TRAIN is still going strong!

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America

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This year marks the 49th Anniversary of perennial classic-rock favorite, America. Founding members, Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell along with former band mate Dan Peek met in high school in London in the 1960’s and quickly harmonized their way to the top of the charts with their signature song, A Horse with No Name. And almost fifty years later, their still making music together thrilling audiences around the world with their timeless sound.

America’s journey found them exploring a wide variety of musical terrain. Their best know tunnes, which also include I Need You, Ventura Highway, Don’t Cross The River, Tin Man, Lonely People, and Sister Golden Hair dominated the 70’s and have become rock standards.

Their growth as singers, songwriters and and musicians has continued with smash hits like You Can Do Magic and numerous albums over the years. They’re now on their second and even third generation of fans all bearing testament to the group’s uplifting sound and message.

America has 6 Gold or Platinum albums with 11 Hits and have been inducted into the prestigious Vocal Group Hall of Fame.


 

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