gladys knight and the o'jays Family reunion tour
6:30pm in the Artpark Outdoor Amphitheater
Gladys Knight opens the show with her memorable hits of the 60s, 70s, and 80s
Followed by intermission and an energetic closing set by The O'Jays packed with Motown melodies!
Gates open at 4:30pm, no food or beverage carry-ins, $5 on-site parking
Advance General Admission: $10
Week of Concert (Sunday August 18-Tuesday August 20) General Admission: $15
Priority "Front of Stage" Tickets (Standing room only):SOLD OUT!
VIP Tickets: SOLD OUT!
Tickets on sale now!
- In person at the Artpark Box Office (Summer hours: Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm, Concert days 10am-9pm)
- By phone at 716-754-4375 and 1-888-223-6000
-Or online by clicking here
The great ones endure, and Gladys Knight has long been one of the greatest. Very few singers over the last fifty years have matched her unassailable artistry. This eight-time Grammy winner has enjoyed #1 hits in pop, R&B and Adult Contemporary, and has triumphed in film, television and live performance.
Georgia-born, Knight began performing gospel music at age four in the Mount Mariah Baptist Church and sang as a guest soloist with the Morris Brown College Choir. Three years later, she won the grand prize on television's "Ted Mack's Amateur Hour," and the following year, she, along with her brother Bubba, her sister Brenda and her cousins William and Elenor Guest, formed The Pips. In 1959, Brenda and Elenor left the group, replaced by cousin Edward Patten and friend Langston George. The group was renamed Gladys Knight & The Pips, and following George's departure in 1962, the classic line-up was in place.
The group debuted their first album in 1960, when Knight was just sixteen. With Knight singing lead and The Pips providing lush harmonies and graceful choreography, the group went on to achieve icon status, having recorded some of the most memorable songs of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Top 20 hits, like "Every Beat of My Heart," "Letter Full of Tears," "I Heard it Through the Grapevine" and "If I Were Your Woman," set the stage for an amazing run in the mid-1970s, with Top 10 gold-certified singles like "Neither One of Us (Wants to be the First to Say Goodbye)," "I've Got to Use My Imagination," "Best Thing to Ever Happen to Me" and the #1 smash "Midnight Train to Georgia" established Gladys Knight and The Pips as the premiere pop/R&B vocal ensemble in the world. The party kept rolling with hits like "On and On" from the Academy Award nominated soundtrack of Curtis Mayfield's "Claudine," the 1974
comedy about love in the inner city. Knight enjoyed another #1 hit in 1985 when she teamed with Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Dionne Warwick on "That's What Friends are For."
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The O'Jays are living legends...American treasures. The term "living legend" is often overused and abused, but with The O'Jays, well, there's little argument that the honorable tag truly applies. With their place in modern music secure, The O'Jays could have cruise-controlled to that comfy hammock on a sandy beach, umbrella-decorated drinks in hand. Why? (1) An ocean-wide body of work that spawned 24 Top Ten smashes and 59 total charted songs. (2) Incredibly energetic and dynamic live shows. (3) Mad respect for their Olympian vocals. (4) Their social and political impact on generations and nations.
But doing things slowly is not Eddie Levert, Sr., Walter Williams, Sr. and Eric Nolan Grant's modus operandi. After 50+ years making such international hits as "Backtabbers," "For The Love Of Money," "Darlin' Darlin' Baby," "Love Train," "I Love Music," "Use Ta Be My Girl"and "Have You Had Your Love Today," The O'Jays are light years away from easing up on the gas. And like fine wine, The O'Jays just get better with time.
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