Sounds of the 70’s returns to North Carolina featuring Ambrosia, Orleans, Player, and John Ford Coley singing all their soft rock hits! Fan favorites including “How Much I Feel,” “You’re the Only Woman” (Ambrosia), “Still the One”, “Dance with Me” (Orleans), “Baby Come Back,” “This Time I’m In It For Love” (Player), “I’d Really Love to See You Tonight,” and “Night Are the Answer” (John Ford Coley).
Sounds of the 70’s comes to the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium Friday September 23rd at 8pm. Tickets are available through the USCC Box Office, online at Ticketmaster.com, and by phone at 1-800-745-3000.
In the year 1970, four young musicians from the South Bay of Los Angeles came together to create a new, invigorating style of music. Exploring the possibilities of progressive, classical, and world influences, yet rooted with the soul of the blues and R&B, Joseph Puerta, Christopher North, David Pack and Burleigh Drummond created a new sound that was defined and recognized as “Ambrosia”. In its brief recording history, Ambrosia garnered 5 Grammy Nominations, 5 Hit Singles, Heavy FM Airplay and the admiration and respect of the musical community. Today, the band is more alive and compelling than ever. With three of the original members intact, Ambrosia is exploring new musical territory and continuing to wow life-long fans and new converts alike!
Formed in Woodstock, NY in 1972 by John Hall, brothers Lance and Larry Hoppen and Wells Kelly, Orleans began its days by perfecting its recipe of eclectic material, including R&B seasoned with Cajun and second-line roots. The quartet’s music evolved and refined in a more mainstream direction as they developed their unique pop/rock sound, which led Rolling Stone magazine to christen them “the best unrecorded band in the country.” From their earliest days as a favorite at colleges and clubs in the Northeast US to studio and live collaborations with industry greats like Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Little Feat, and others to Top 10 success with bona-fide classics such as “Still the One”, “Dance With Me” and “Love Takes Time” to now celebrating their 40th year of creating musical history together, Orleans continues to demonstrate depth and breadth.
Player began as a chance meeting between Peter Beckett and J.C. Crowley, in 1977. The band’s style of music developed into mainstream soft pop/rock, with mellow keyboards and layered harmonies. This seemed to fit right in with the breezy sounds of L.A. at the time. Player was voted by Billboard Magazine’s honor roll as Best New Single Artist for 1978. “Baby Come Back” was immediately followed by their top ten hit, “This Time I’m In It For Love.” Both songs appeared on their self-titled, debut album, PLAYER. In February 2013 Player released their new album Too Many Reasons on Frontiers Records. They have toured throughout the United States and Canada with Christopher Cross, Gary Wright, Al Stewart, Orleans, Firefall, Robbie Dupree, and John Ford Coley.
JOHN FORD COLEY
John Ford Coley is most revered as half of the Grammy nominated duo England Dan and John Ford Coley. With hits like “I’d Really Love To See You Tonight,” “Nights Are Forever Without You” and “Love Is The Answer,” Coley has spent decades touring, writing, recording, and producing. He continues with an active roster performing the platinum and gold record hits for audiences around the world. Classically trained on piano and an avid guitarist, Coley loves the craft and enjoys every audience he encounters. Over the years Coley has shared the stage with many of the music industry’s famous hit makers, some of which include Elton John, Heart, Fleetwood Mac, Chicago, Carole King, Bread, Led Zepplin, Carly Simon, Steve Miller Band, Air Supply, and Gordon Lightfoot.