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70’s Soul Jam Valentine’s Concert
The Beacon Theatre
February 17th, 3:00PM
February 17th, 8:00PM
Starting at $49 (+ applicable fees)
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Make it a Romantic — & Musical — Valentine’s Weekend!
Feel the love at the 70s Soul Jam Valentine’s Concert featuring The Stylistics, The Emotions, Bloodstone, Peaches and Herb and The Blue Notes on Saturday, February 17 at NYC’s landmark Beacon Theatre, with shows at 3pm and 8pm.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
During the early ‘70s, The Stylistics were the leading Philly soul group. The band had 12 straight Top Ten hits, including “You Are Everything” “Betcha by Golly, Wow” “I’m Stone in Love With You” “Break Up to Make Up” and “You Make Me Feel Brand New” Of all their peers, The Stylistics were one of the smoothest and sweetest soul groups of their era. All of their hits were ballads, graced by the soaring falsetto of former band member Russell Thompkins, Jr. and the lush yet graceful productions of Thom Bell. This enduring act is a favorite for their showmanship, harmony and style and features the talented line-up of Airrion Love, Herb Murrell, Eban Brown and Jason Sharp.
A trio of sisters with a strong gospel base, the Emotions (based in Chicago) were one of the leading female R&B acts of the ’70s. Lead singer Sheila Hutchinson and her sisters Wanda and Jeanette were only teenagers when they crashed the soul charts in 1969 with the engaging “So I Can Love You,” but they sang gospel as children and enjoyed secular fame locally before signing with Memphis-based Volt and working with producers Isaac Hayes and David Porter. When Stax folded in 1975, the group hooked up with Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire, an association that led to the number one pop/R&B hit “Best of My Love” in 1977.
Bloodstone was a key group in creating the shift from the R&B and soul group concepts of the ‘50s and ’60s to the funk and black rock ideas of the ’70s and afterward. They teamed up with Mike Vernon, founder of the Blue Horizon label, who’d made his bones producing an album with the great Chicago pianist Otis Spann; white blues acts like Fleetwood Mac and Savoy Brown; and early Euro-rock with Focus. Vernon took Bloodstone into the studio and by early 1973, its debut single, “Natural High,” had cracked the R&B and pop Top Ten, becoming the group’s defining song. Vernon produced the first five Bloodstone albums, which garnered seven Top 20 R&B singles, almost all of which made the pop Top 40. The group was a big concert draw, and its album sold well, if not spectacularly.
PEACHES AND HERB
Vocal duo Peaches & Herb, originally comprised Herb Fame and Francine “Peaches” Hurd Barker. Herb has remained a constant since its creation in 1966, while seven different women have filled the role of "Peaches. Hits include “Shake Your Groove Thing” and the Grammy nominated “Reunited.”
THE BLUE NOTES
The first single, “I Miss You,” was a hit on the R&B charts, but their second was a smash — the classic ballad “If You Don’t Know Me by Now,” which featured an anguished, star-making vocal turn from Pendergrass. “If You Don’t Know Me by Now” went all the way to number one R&B, and also became their only Top Five hit on the pop side; it was later covered in 1989 for a number one hit by Simply Red. The Blue Notes scored again in 1973 with the string-laden dance track “The Love I Lost,” credited by many observers as one of the first disco records; it was their second R&B chart-topper and Top Ten pop single. The accompanying album, Black & Blue, produced another R&B Top Ten in the follow-up “Satisfaction Guaranteed (Or Take Your Love Back).”
Note: lineups may be subject to change.
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