Darlene Love Comes to Harris Center Today
It's no wonder the New York Times raves: "Darlene Love's thunderbolt voice is as embedded in the history of rock and roll as Eric Clapton's guitar or Bob Dylan's lyrics." Through the years, Darlene Love continues to captivate audiences worldwide with her warm, gracious stage presence and sensational performances
Love's name doesn't quite have the familiar ring of Clapton's and Dylan's, as for much of her life she worked in relative anonymity in studios and on stages backing up others. That anonymity ended in 2011 when she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She was also celebrated in the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet From Stardom, and her improptu performance of Pharrell Williams's "(I sing because I'm) Happy" at the 2013 Academy Awards was a high point of the evening. 2014 will prove a breakthrough year - Steven Van Zandt has just announced he'll produce a long-awaited album to feature Love, and the Oprah Winfrey Network has selected her memoir My Name is Love: The Darlene Love Story, as its first scripted TV movie, starring Toni Braxton.
Darlene Love will perform tonight, August 9, 2014 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are priced at $25-$39; Premium $49. Tickets are available online atwww.harriscenter.net or from Harris Center Ticket Office at 916-608-6888 from 10 am to 6 pm, Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Parking is included in the price of the ticket. Harris Center is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, CA, facing East Bidwell Street.
Since the early sixties, as part of Phil Spector's "wall of sound" hit factory, this great lady has done it all...from major motion pictures like the highly successful Lethal Weapon series to Broadway hits like Hairspray and Grease. She even starred as herself in Leader Of The Pack, credited as Broadway's first 'jukebox musical.' Darlene has appeared on numerous television programs, running the gamut from her weekly appearances on Shindig to a recent guest spot on the PBS special entitled Women Who Rock.
Darlene's background vocals for The Blossoms, Tom Jones, The Righteous Brothers, Dionne Warwick, Marvin Gaye, and Elvis Presley (to name but a few) set the stage for her emergence as a star in her own right. Her Billboard hits include: "He's A Rebel," "The Boy I'm Gonna Marry," "Wait 'Til My Bobby Gets Home," "He's Sure the Boy I Love" and the #1 holiday classic "Christmas Baby Please Come Home," a song that she performs annually with Paul Shaffer and the CBS Symphony Orchestra on The Late Show With David Letterman (December marked her 27th appearance).
In 2011, Darlene Love received her industry's highest award when Better Midler, a great fan of her work, inducted her into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. During the celebration, the two ladies enjoyed performing "He's A Rebel" together. As part of the festivities, Darlene also sang "He's A Fine, Fine Boy" backed by another distinguished fan, Bruce Springsteen.
Rolling Stone Magazine has proclaimed Darlene Love to be "one of the greatest singers of all time" and that certainly rings true, but perhaps Paul Shaffer says it even more concisely: "Darlene Love is Rock N' Roll!"
In addition to Darlene Love's performance August 9, Harris Center and Style Magazine will be hosting a free screening of 20 Feet from Stardom on Sunday, August 3 at 2 pm. This is an Academy Award-winning documentary that tells the story of some of the most influential backup singers of the last 50 years, including Ms. Love, and their experiences in an often unappreciated role, just steps from the spotlight. Visit www.harriscenter.net for further information.