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Eddie LeVert of The O'Jays: The Songs and Stories

Thu, Mar 19 -
Sun, Mar 22, 2020

$50.50 ($6 Handling Fee Included) All purchases are nonrefundable/nonexchangeable.

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Dimitiriou's Jazz Alley welcomes award-winning singer/songwriter and one of the founding members of legendary R&B group The O'Jays, Eddie LeVert. Show times Thursday and Sunday at 7:30pm. Show times Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and 9:30pm. Doors open at 6:00pm Thursday and 5:30pm Friday - Sunday.

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Asked what keeps his energy and creativity flowing six decades after co-founding the iconic R&B group the O’Jays? Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Eddie Levert invokes one of the #1 classics from their 70’s Philadelphia International Records: “At the risk of sounding cliché…I love music! If it’s good, it’s good, and you can’t beat it.”

On the heels of their critically acclaimed 2019 S-Curve/BMG release The Last Word – officially announced as the group’s final album – Levert is jazzed about hitting the road as a solo performer for the first time in his illustrious career. Creating a fresh presentation for a tour of intimate venues throughout the country, Eddie will hit the road solo from February through May 2020. Over the years, Eddie performed spot solo dates at galas and events, and he toured South Africa with his late sons Gerald and Sean (of the group LeVert) in 2006. The upcoming string of dates will be the first time the singer will be headlining himself for an extended period.

“It’s a whole new adventure for me, and I’m very excited about it,” Eddie says. “Unlike when I do an O’Jays tour with (group co-founder) Walter (Williams) and Eric (Grant) where we play the large halls and theatres, the key is sticking to smaller clubs and wineries. I want to be able to be close to the audience and touch them in very personal way, and that can only happen when there’s very little distance between me and them.”

While Eddie promises that his set will include O’Jays crowd-pleasing classics like “Backstabbers,” “For The Love of Money,” “Love Train” and “Use Ta Be My Girl,” he plans to go much deeper into their discography as well with lesser heard but still favorite album cuts like “You Got The Hooks In Me,” “Your Body’s Here With Me,” “This Time Baby” and their pre-Philly era hit “One Night Affair.” Eddie will include a few songs from The Last Word, including their socio-politically charged single “Above The Law.”

The singer is also looking forward to performing popular material from his personal discography, including his 2016 single “Say It Ain’t So” (which scored airplay on SiriusXM). He will also perform hits he recorded in the 90’s with his late son Gerald for Levert, including the #1 Billboard R&B hit “Baby Hold Onto Me,” tunes from the duo’s 1995 gold-selling #2 R&B album titled Father and Son; and their 2007 follow-up Something to Talk About, released shortly after Gerald Levert’s untimely passing.

“I also hope the fans who come to see me do my own show, will have fun with the cover songs I’m going to do, which showcases some of my favorite legendary artists and songs that have personally inspired me throughout my career,” Eddie says. “We’re talking Sam Cooke’s “Twistin’ The Night Away” and “Having a Party”; and some Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland and Marvin Gaye tunes. I’m going to have a little more freedom in what I sing and what I say, and I don’t plan to stick to a specific script every night. I can change up anything I want to, and play it by ear.”

“The music of that time when we recorded those Philly International hits was very heartfelt, and the lyrics were saying something everyone could relate to – and can still relate to today,” Eddie says. “The message of a song like ‘Love Train’ is just as relevant now as it was back then, and people are still jamming off it because of what it says and the way it feels. And the love songs were the kind that would inspire someone to look at their lover and say, ‘That’s our song, baby.’ As much as I cherish the hits everyone can still sing by heart, I’m really excited about sharing other aspects of my career and more of the music I love. It’s another beautiful way to say thank you to those who have been loyal to the music and messages throughout my career.”


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