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Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons

Oh, what a story. Frankie Valli, who came to fame in 1962 as the lead singer of the Four Seasons, is hotter than ever in the 21st century. Thanks to the volcanic success of the Tony-winning musical Jersey Boys, which chronicles the life and times of Frankie and his legendary group, such classic songs as “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Rag Doll,” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” are all the rage all over again. As the play enters its third sold-out year on Broadway, and two touring companies of Jersey Boys travel around the U.S., the real Frankie Valli is packing concert halls coast to coast, from the Rose Theater, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, to L.A.’s Kodak Theater, home of the Academy Awards.

Now Frankie salutes the decade that made him a star with his first new studio album in 15 years. In Romancing The ’60s, to be released October 2, he puts his own stamp on some of his favorite ’60s songs, the ones he always wanted to record but somehow got away. Produced by Bob Gaudio, an original member of the Four Seasons and Frankie’s long-time partner, the set includes unforgettable new versions of such gems as “Spanish Harlem,” “Call Me” and “Take Good Care of My Baby.” And the album features a delightful guest appearance by the four young stars of Jersey Boys, providing background vocals for—what else?—“On Broadway.” Launched with perfect timing amid Jersey Boy-mania, Romancing The ’60s is the most eagerly anticipated album of Frankie Valli’s 54-year recording career.

SHENANDOAH W FEW MILES SOUTH & WHISKEY RUN

When country music lovers talk about the greatest groups in the genre, Shenandoah is always at the forefront of any discussion. Fueled by Marty Raybon’s distinctive vocals and the band’s skilled musicianship, Shenandoah became well known for delivering such hits as “Two Dozen Roses”, “Church on Cumberland Road”, and “Next to You, Next to Me”. Other hits include the achingly beautiful classic “I Want to be Loved Like That” and the Grammy winning “Somewhere in the Vicinity of the Heart” duet with Alison Krauss. Shenandoah has recorded ten studio albums (3 certified gold) and placed 26 singles on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. The boys from Muscle Shoals have left a potent legacy at country radio with over a dozen #1 records.

Joining Shenandoah will be Augusta Georgia’s own Whiskey Run and South Georgia based Few Miles South!

An Evening with Smokey Robinson

On sale Friday, April 29th at 10am

Robinson and his group, the Miracles, met Berry Gordy after a failed audition for singer Jackie Wilson’s managers. Gordy was impressed with Robinson’s vocals and ambitious songwriting. With his help they released, “Got a Job.” It was the beginning of a successful collaboration and the beginnings of Motown.  In 1960, Miracles recorded their and Motown’s first million selling hit, “Shop Around.” Between 1960 and 1970, Robinson would produce 26 top forty hits with the Miracles including several top ten hits such as “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me,” “I Second That Emotion,” and the group’s only number-one pop hit, “The Tears Of A Clown.” Other notable hits include, “Ooo Baby Baby,” and “The Tracks of My Tears.”

Robinson was one of the major songwriters and producers for Motown, penning several hit singles such as, “Who’s Loving You,” “My Guy,” “The Way You Do The Things You Do,” “My Girl,” “Get Ready,” and “Ain’t That Peculiar.”  In 1975, Robinson released his most successful solo album, A Quiet Storm, which yielded three hit singles, “Baby That’s Backatcha,” “The Agony & The Ecstasy,” and “Quiet Storm.”

His classic hit, “Cruisin’” peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100. Robinson topped the charts again with another sensual ballad, “Being with You,” and teamed up with fellow Motown label mate Rick James recording the R&B ballad, “Ebony Eyes.” Robinson made a triumphant return with the album, One Heartbeat, and the singles, “Just to See Her” and “One Heartbeat,” both Top 10 hits. “Just To See Her” won Robinson his first Grammy Award. In the same year, he was inducted as a solo artist to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the UK group ABC released a tribute song, “When Smokey Sings.” In recent years, Robinson released the standards album, Timeless Love, as well as Time Flies When You’re Having FunNow and Then, and Smokey & Friends.

Robinson has been inducted into the Kennedy Center, awarded an individual star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a second star with the Miracles, a National Medal of Arts award, a Heritage Award at the Soul Train Music Awards, and a BET Lifetime Achievement Award. Howard University conferred on Robinson the degree of Doctor of Music as did the Berklee College of Music.

THE CAPTURE THE RHYTHM ART AND JAZZ SERIES: EUGE GROOVE – “RESCHEDULED from Feb 26th”

Legends of the Game Presents

The Capture the Rhythm Art and Jazz Series

Imagine relaxing in a stunning venue while your favorite jazz musicians perform in front of you. In 2022 countless jazz fans will have this experience across the country, and we want you to join us. Because these events are popular, it’s a good idea to get your tickets early. So get on the phone, grab your friends, pick your locations and shows, and prepare to have a blast!! The perfect way to welcome back our brave new world. We begin in Augusta, Georgia with the dynamic bass player Julian Vaughn who has both national and international acclaim in the smooth jazz world. Vaughn plays with a unique finesse as well as a dose of funk. Our feature performer Euge Groove has a knack for coaxing the max out of his sax, it growls, hits impossibly low notes and always sounds like it’s the way the instrument was meant to sound.” Fierce! A portion of the proceeds to benefit the Jessye Norman School of the Arts.