It’s showtime! Tuesday, Oct. 15, Community Concerts opens its 2019-2020 season with one of the longest-running and best-selling groups of all time — Chicago. It’s the first of a five-concert season for Fayetteville’s oldest arts organization.
The band Chicago was formed in 1967 in, you guessed it, Chicago. The group’s bonafides include two Grammy Awards®, multiple American Music Awards, 11 No. 1 singles, five consecutive No. 1 albums and record sales over 100,000,000, with 47 albums earning gold and platinum certification. Chicago was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2016, and Chicago’s first album, “Chicago Transit Authority,” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2014.
Mannheim Steamroller rings in the holiday season Nov. 19, celebrating the 35th anniversary of this annual Christmas tour. When Mannheim Steamroller’s first album came out in 1984, blending classical music with new age and rock, it changed the holiday music landscape.
“I remember when I came out with my first Christmas album in 1984 followed by our first tour,” said Chip Davis, the founder and creator of Mannheim Steamroller. “Back then, many in the music industry said focusing on Christmas just wouldn’t work. Now, 35 years later, we are still going strong. I want to thank our fans for making us part of their holiday tradition. Today we often see multi-generational families join us during the holidays each year.”
Cozy up with your sweetheart as the Texas Tenors take the stage Friday, Feb. 14. In 2009, the Texas Tenors appeared on “America’s Got Talent.” In the 10 years since, they’ve released four albums, two television specials, four DVDs, several singles and a children’s book. They’ve won three Emmy Awards, The Gelett Burgess Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature and the distinction of being Billboard Magazine’s 2017 #10 Classical Crossover Artist in the World. Their most recent albums “Rise” and “A Collection of Broadway and American Classics” both debuted at #1 on the Billboard Classical Chart.
Shake off the winter blues March 6 with The Temptations and The Four Tops. The Temptations have been wowing fans with smash hits for more than 50 years. Today’s members of the group, Otis Williams, Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, Larry Braggs, Willie Greene Jr., continue the tradition of great music. “The Temps have always been known for great lead singers” said original member Otis Williams. “Today we have four of the greatest leads in the proud history of the group.”
The Four Tops first came together in 1953 as the Four Aims. The band’s first hit was “Baby I Need Your Loving.” It was released in 1964 and made them stars. It was the beginning of decades of smash hits including, “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch,” “Reach Out,” “Standing In The Shadows in Love,” “Bernadette,” “Ain’t No Woman,” “When She Was My Girl,” “It’s the Same Old Song” and more. Today, the band is made up of original member Abdul “Duke” Fakir, singer and songwriter Alexander Morris of Detroit. Ronnie McNeir replaced the legendary Levi Stubbs and Roquel Payton, who is the son of original member Lawrence Payton, is part of the group as well.
Stay tuned for the final 2019-2020 concert details, to be announced at a later date.
In addition to great music, Community Concerts support great causes throughout the community. From scholarships to performance opportunities to the Fayetteville Music Hall of Fame, this all-volunteer organization not only brings first-class entertainment to the community at reasonable prices, but it also works to help grow the local arts community.