Atlanta Rhythm Section, Orleans, Al Stewart & Firefall Set for ROCKIN' THE 70S at MPAC, Jan 17
Enjoy your favorite soft rock artists from the 1970s, including Atlanta Rhythm Section, Orleans, Al Stewart and Firefall when Rockin the 70s takes the stage on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 8 pm at Mayo Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $39-79.
Atlanta Rhythm Section
Part of the Southern Rock scene for more than 30 years, ARS's biggest hits include "So Into You," "Champagne Jam," "Imaginary Lover," and "Spooky." ARS was paired with contemporaries Lynyrd Skynyrd as the successors to the Allman Brothers - carrying the mantle of "Southern Rock" in the late 70s. But performing songs that were more musically diverse and having hits that had a softer, pop sound, the "Southern Rock" label was a mixed blessing and many of their unique musical accomplishments became lost in a genre that has lived on to this day-but never really fit ARS. They were excellent musicians who tried to stretch themselves---think Steely Dan or Little Feat. In many ways, these associations make as much or more sense than any grouping with their Southern Rock kindred.
From their earliest days as a favorite at colleges and clubs to studio and live collaborations with industry greats Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Little Feat and others, to Top 10 success with bona-fide classics such as "Still the One," "Dance With Me" and "Love Takes Time," Orleans is now celebrating their 40th year of creating musical history together.
Al Stewart (pictured above)
Al Stewart came to stardom as part of the legendary British folk revival in the sixties and seventies, and developed his own unique style of combining folk-rock songs with delicately woven tales of the great characters and events from history. He is perhaps best known for his hit "Year of the Cat" from the platinum album of the same name and the platinum follow up album "Time Passages." Stewart's career spans four decades as a key figure in British music. He played at the first ever Glastonbury Festival in 1970, worked with Yoko Ono pre-Lennon and shared a London apartment with a young Paul Simon.
The mellow, easy country-rock sounds of Firefall, coupled with the group's penchant for pop melodies and high-pitched harmonies, produced a series of successful LPs in the late '70s and a series of chart singles, including the Top Ten hit "You Are the Woman." Other hits include "Just Remember I Love You" and "Strange Way."
Mayo Performing Arts Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, presents a wide range of programs that entertain, enrich, and educate the diverse population of the region and enhance the economic vitality of Northern New Jersey. The 2014-2015 season is made possible, in part, by a grant the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as support received from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, F.M. Kirby Foundation and numerous corporations, foundations and individuals. The Mayo Performing Arts Center has been designated a Major Presenting Organization by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.