Ordway Center for the Performing Arts Presents THE OHIO PLAYERS
Tickets, starting at $26, are available now and can be purchased online at www.ordway.org, by phone at 651-224-4222 or in person at the Ordway ticket office.
The Ohio Players came into musical prominence in the 70s as pioneers of street funk and underground R&B. After signing with Mercury Records in 1974, The Ohio Players landed three consecutive platinum albums, “Skin Tight,” “Fire” and “Honey;” two No. 1 singles on the billboard pop charts, “Fire” and “Love Rollercoaster;” and five No. 1 R&B singles, “Funky Worm,” “Fire,” “Sweet Sticky Thing,” “Love Rollercoaster” and “Who’d She Coo.”
The Ohio Players traveled the world and produced more than a dozen albums and received 14 gold and platinum awards for their labors. They also appeared on many national television programs from Dick Clark, Don Kushner and David Letterman. Since then, there is a long list of artists who have sampled or re-recorded their material, including Snoop Dogg, Puff Daddy, Salt & Pepper, Too Short, Soundgarden, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Paul Jackson Jr. and Alex Bugnon.
The Ohio Players today are one of the few bands from the 70s era who still currently perform all of their music using no computers or samplers to enhance their musical production. Currently, the band consists of 11 members, four of whom are original members: James “Diamond” Williams (Drums), Billy Beck (Keyboard), Clarence Willis (Lead Guitar) and Robert Kuumba (Percussion).
For tickets and more information, visit www.ordway.org.
ABOUT THE ORDWAY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
The Ordway is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading nonprofit performing arts centers and Saint Paul’s most elegant and inviting performance space. The Ordway’s Music Theater and Concert Hall attract diverse audiences with an array of productions showcasing the finest in American musical theater, world music, dance and vocal performance. Education and community engagement are integral to the Ordway’s mission, with major initiatives including the annual Flint Hills International Children’s Festival and Ordway Education programs that serve more than 50,000 students annually. Together with Minnesota Opera, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and The Schubert Club, the Ordway is a member of the Arts Partnership and serves as the principal venue for their performances. For more information, visit www.ordway.org.