March 5, 2022 • 8:00pm
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The Ohio Players came into musical prominence in the 1970s as pioneers of street funk and underground R&B. After signing with Mercury Records in 1974, The Ohio Players earned three consecutive Platinum albums: “Skin Tight”, “Fire”, and “Honey”. They landed two number one singles on the billboard pop charts: “Fire” and “Love Rollercoaster” and five number one R&B singles “Funky Worm”,“Fire”, “Sweet Sticky Thing”, “Love Rollercoaster”, and “Who’d She Coo”. The Ohio Players traveled the world and produced more than a dozen albums and received 14 Gold and Platinum awards for their efforts. They also appeared on many national television programs staring Dick Clark, Don Kushner, and David Letterman. Since then there has been a long list of artists who have sampled or re-recorded their material: Snoop Dogg, Puff Daddy, Salt-N-Pepa, Too Short, Soundgarden, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Paul Jackson Jr., and Alex Bugnon to name a few.
Currently the band consists of 10 members, 4 of which are original members: James “Diamond” Williams (Drums), Billy Beck (Keyboard), Clarence Willis (Lead Guitar), and Robert Kuumba (Percussion). One might think the band members could now sit back, count their gold and platinum records, enjoy the memories, and fade into an easy retirement. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Saturday, March 5, 2022
In The Orleans Showroom
Tickets start at $29.95 plus tax and fees
Ticket prices are subject to change. Management reserves all rights.