WED, JUL 22, 7:30pm
(Formerly of Kool & The Gang)
JT TAYLOR “THE VOICE” (FORMERLY OF KOOL & THE GANG)
In 1979, JT Taylor was called to audition for Kool and the Gang. Just two weeks later was his concert debut as lead vocalist. JT brought a unique sound and style to the group that is simultaneously displayed in his song writing. These attributes made an instant impact on his first LP with Kool and the Gang titled "Ladies Night," which spawned two number one R&B and Pop hits, "Ladies Night" and "Too Hot." This LP was the beginning of what has become an unprecedented decade of musical creativity and hit making success.
JT has been back in the studio recording material for a new album, turning his immense talents to not only singing and song writing but also producing and engineering the project himself. Though he loves working and collaborating with others JT welcomed the challenge of producing his new CD from start to finish. The fruits of this nurturing time in the recording studio have created an album with a dynamic new sound, capturing the energy of today’s music while holding true to the values that gave him world wide appeal. JT hopes to satisfy his long time fans and attract new ones, across every genre.
THU, JUL 23, 7:30pm
Mickey Thomas is the owner of the soaring voice that propelled Starship through the decades of the '80s and '90s. With his soulful and compelling vocals, Mickey has established himself as one of rock music’s most recognizable stars.
Mickey made his mark in 1976 as lead vocalist on the mega-hit “Fooled Around And Fell In Love” with The Elvin Bishop Band. In 1979, Mickey joined the Jefferson Starship as lead vocalist, after the departure of Grace Slick and Marty Balin.
Backed by the power of Mickey’s vocals, Jefferson Starship immediately scored a #1 hit with “Jane.” With this new sound and powerful new vocals, the group was renamed Starship, and continued to record an amazing string of hits, including “No Way Out” “We Built This City,” and “Sara,” and received an Oscar nomination for the #1 hit “Nothing Gonna Stop Us Now,” from the movie Mannequin. Other top hits include “Find Your Way Back”, “Stranger,” “Laying It On The Line,” and “It’s Not Over Till It’s Over,” which became Major League Baseball’s theme in 1987.
Moreover, every Starship album released since 1979 has gone Gold, Platinum, or Multi-Platinum. Mickey’s stellar voice and video charisma on Starship’s video classics such as “We Built This City” and “Sara” have become staples on MTV and VH1. Material covered in Starship’s live performance ranges from Mickey’s tenure with The Elvin Bishop Band and Starship, as well as songs from his two solo albums.
THE LORD CALVERTS
Garage rock stalwarts The Lord Calverts have been delivering their modern take on ’60s-inspired power pop at clubs and dives in Manhattan and Brooklyn, generating a strong buzz for their incendiary energy and relentless passion.
Their debut album The Lord Calverts...Now! combines the rawness of classic garage rock with a contemporary edge, and has immediately garnered national radio airplay and placements on NBC's The Mysteries of Laura and Aquarius.
FRI, JUL 24, 7:30pm
At a young age, Eddie Santiago demonstrated great love and talent for salsa music. He performed with several groups, including Generación 2000, Orquesta La Potente, Orquesta Opus, the Orquesta Saragüey, and Conjunto Chaney.
Santiago's career took off in 1984 in Puerto Rico and Latin America as a soloist, forming his own band, and recording songs including: "Tú me quemas" (You Burn Me), "Qué Locura Enamorarme de Ti" (What Madness To Fall in Love With You), "Me Fallaste" (You Failed Me), "Antidoto y Veneno" (Antidote and Venom), "Tu Me Haces Falta" (I Need You) his best known hit, "Lluvia" (Rain), and many others. His fame eventually spread to Europe and the United States, making him one of the most popular salsa singers of the late '80s and early '90s. He was one of the main performers singing what was called "salsa romantica," due to the romantic lyrics.
Santiago has had great success and has earned a number of gold and platinum records, along with numerous awards. He was nominated for the Salsa/Merengue Album of the Year Grammy Award in 2006, and his song "Black is Black" was included on the Nacho Libre movie soundtrack.
Since their debut album in 2004, Salsa group N’KLABE has been entertaining audiences throughout their native Puerto Rico, United States and Latin America.
By mixing a variety of traditional tropical rhythms and classic salsa with urban influences, N’KLABE has rejuvenated the genre, bringing salsa to the next generation. They have grown over the years, developing into one of the few acts keeping the genre fresh and vibrant, while continuing to inspire youth.