SALT-N-PEPA, THE B-52 & Other Shows On Sale at bergenPAC, 3/23
Tickets for the bergenPAC show lineup are now available: Gilda's Club Presents "Pumps and Punchlines" (May 19th), Hot 97 Presents: Salt-n-Pepa (July 20th), The B-52s (August 8th), and Rock and Blues Fest (August 14th) on sale Friday, March 23rd at 11:00am. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com or bergenPAC.org or by calling the box office at 201-227-1030.
"Pumps and Punchlines"
Confirmed Lineup of Comedians : Renee Gauthier; Erin Jackson, Rachel Feinstein, and Erin Foley
Four of the country's top female comedians have come together for a girls' night comedy tour, making mock and spinning laughs out of romantic foibles, family, friends, sex, gossip, and of course, men. The comedienne lineup features Erin Foley, Renee Gauthier, Rachel Feinstein and Erin Jackson, and between them the sassy quartet have been stand-up hits at Second City, Gotham Comedy Club, Caroline's on Broadway, and the Laugh Factory; written for the Onion and Time Out Magazine; roasted Charlie Sheen; and appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show, The Ellen Degeneres Show and Last Comic Standing. These ladies mean business. Funny business.
Since releasing their first album in 1986, Salt-n-Pepa has sold over 15 million albums and singles worldwide, making them one of the best-selling female rap acts of all time. Salt-n-Pepa has released five albums, with their 1993 album Very Necessary achieving the most sales and was certified five times platinum. Six of their single releases were certified either platinum or gold in the United States by the RIAA. In 1994, the group received three MTV Video Music Awards for "Whatta Man," including Best R&B Video. In 1995, they received the Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for "None of Your Business." Although the group officially split ways in 2002, Salt-n-Pepa continue to work and perform together. Funkmaster Flex from HOT 97 will open the show and DJ.
After thirty years and over twenty million albums into their career, The B-52s remain among the most beloved rock stars ever. From the timeless gems of "Rock Lobster," "Planet Claire" and "Private Idaho" to the more recent classics, "Channell Z," "Love Shack," and "Roam", the B-52s' unforgettable dance-rock tunes start a party every time their music begins.
Johnny Winter has been a guitar hero without equal. Signing to Columbia Records in 1969, the largest solo artist deal of its time, Johnny immediately laid out the blueprint for his fresh take on classic blues-- a prime combination for the legions of fans just discovering the blues via the likes of Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton. Winter's has had several Grammy nominated albums, including Guitar Slinger, Serious Business, and, most recently, I'm a Bluesman.
Edgar Winter Band
In late 1972, Edgar Winter brought together Dan Hartman, Ronnie Montrose and Chuck Ruff to form the Edgar Winter Group, the legendary band that created such hits as "Frankenstein" and the ever-popular "Free Ride". The band continues to thrill audiences with their live performances, always remaining on the cutting edge of music and style. With over 20 albums and numerous collaborative efforts to his credit, Edgar Winter is a true legend. Major national television and radio campaigns have relied on Edgar's music to advertise their products and Edgar has frequently appeared on television.
Young guitar great, vocalist and entertainer Rick Derringer was just 17 when his band The McCoys recorded the No. 1 hit "Hang on Sloopy" in the summer of 1965, knocking "Yesterday" by The Beatles out of the top spot. Throughout the 70s and 80s, Derringer appeared on numerous albums with artists Alice Cooper, Richie Havens, Todd Rundgren, Steely Dan, Cyndi Lauper, Barbara Streisand, Kiss Mason Ruffner, and Madame X. Derringer has written and produced No. 1 hits for Johnny Winter and Weird Al Yankovic.
Mountain's Lesley West
Leslie West has gained fame the world over during his 30-plus year career as one of the most innovative and influential musicians in the history of rock music. He is most noted for his role as leader of the explosive hard rock trio, Mountain, which was named by VH-1 as one of the Top 100 Hard Rock Groups of all time. West's latest solo album, entitled Blue Me, was released in 2006 on the Blues Bureau International label. In 2007 Mountain released Masters of War on Big Rack Records, an album featuring 12 Bob Dylan covers that sees Ozzy Osbourne providing guest vocals on a rendition of the title track.
Savoy Brown's Kim Simmonds
"Legendary…." "A blues/rock institution.…" "True innovators…." These are just a few of the ways Savoy Brown has been described over the past forty years by music critics and fans. One of the earliest of British blues bands, Savoy Brown, with founder guitarist Kim Simmonds at the helm, helped launch the 1967 UK blue boom movement that brought blues music back to the USA and reinvigorated the style forever. In the process, the band became part of the framework that launched the rock and roll music of the 1970s. Their influence now stretches into modern rock as we know it today.
Known as The John Harms Center for 27 years, this cultural hub in Englewood, has been reborn as Bergen Performing Arts Center or bergenPAC. This 1367- seat theater, currently in its eighth season, is a landmark and remains one of the finest acoustic halls in the United States. The legendary Tony Bennett and Canadian crooner k.d. lang recorded their 2003 Grammy award-winning CD live on bergenPAC's own stage through a broadband fiber-optic connection with Bennett Studios. bergenPAC is the home of a media production system that is unparalleled, upholding its reputation as a venue for outstanding music, dance and theater. As a non-profit corporation, bergenPAC has thrived thanks to the aid and generosity of sponsors, donors and patrons.