Kool & the Gang and Earth, Wind & Fire span a combined career of over a century and ushered in the sound of a generation. This show’s playlist has been hailed as the definitive collection of top-charting hits, and includes, Shining Star, September, Celebration, Cherish, Jungle Boogie, and more, this night of funk and soul puts two of the greatest groups of the 70’s and 80’s side by side. Get ready to party through the 70’s and 80’s as we combine the excitement of a live show with a super-charged dance party to remember!

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     The Shaun Johnson Big Band Experience is a rare newcomer to traditional pop - fusing a big band spirit with an inventive edge – and garnering a top 5 Billboard spot with the release of their first album. Shaun, an Emmy award-winning crooner (and lead singer of the internationally known vocal group, Tonic Sol-fa) indelibly stamps vocal jazz and swing with a contemporary punch - to the delight of both traditionalists and newcomers - emerging as an original voice in the continuing tradition of the American vocalist.  

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     Geoff Sewell and Simone Lanham co-founded the world’s first opera band, Amici forever in 2002 which went on to sell over 3.5 million albums worldwide and have two No.1 albums.  Following the success and fan base enjoyed by Amici forever, Geoff and Simone created BRAVO Amici in 2010, which includes original cast member and tenor, Geoff Sewell.  BRAVO Amici consists of two sopranos and three tenors, from Broadway, the West End and opera, presented by entertainment company, Incognito Artists Ltd/LLC (based in New York and London).  ​     BRAVO Amici have wowed audiences all over the world, from London to LA, Miami to Moscow, St. Moritz to Sardinia, New York to New Zealand. Combining the essential elements of classical crossover - pop, Broadway, the West End and opera - this group of endlessly talented friends and stage stars melt hearts and blow minds in every theater they perform, becoming a worldwide phenomenon over the years. With a show that not only entertains and excites audiences, but also connects with them on a deeper level (at a time when the world needs all the love, acceptance and inclusion it can get) you can guarantee it's a concert you'll never forget because of how they made you feel.    

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[video width="638" height="360" mp4="https://www.bataviafineartscentre.org/app/uploads/N7-While-My-Guitar-Gently-Weeps.mp4"][/video]   Certain experiences burn themselves in your memory from the very first encounter. The jaw-dropping audio pyrotechnics that Naturally 7 put on display every night absolutely belong in that category. “A capella group” so vastly underplays what they create onstage that they had to coin a phrase - “Vocal Play” - to more accurately depict what they do. Naturally 7 is more than a tightly orchestrated collection of great singers. They transform their voices into actual human instruments, effortlessly producing music of any genre. Their vocal choreography is so perfectly interwoven that they compelled the musical maestro himself, Quincy Jones, to declare that “Naturally 7 is the future of vocal music!!” Their sonic mastery was on full display in a series of unforgettable performances on “The World’s Best” TV show, which premiered on CBS immediately following Super Bowl LIII. Hosted by comedian and “Car Karaoke” collaborator, James Corden, Naturally 7 reigned supreme as the world’s “Best Group”, and cemented their singular status among the planet’s musical elite.   This was only icing on the cake of a still-vibrant 20-year career, which includes 3 world tours - nearly 500 shows - with the incomparable Michael Bublé, shared billing with global phenomenon Coldplay - including a sold out show at the Barclays Center - and owning the spotlight in a pair of national Cheerios commercials. In addition to Bublé, Naturally 7 has shared the stage with numerous icons, including Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Quincy Jones, Sarah Connor, Lionel Richie, Ludacris, The Roots, and more. Counted among their world-famous fans are President Barack Obama, Will.I.Am., Ellen DeGeneres, Craig Ferguson, Bill and Melinda Gates, Jay Leno, Allan Titchmarsh, Mo’Nique, Jools Holland, and Arsenio Hall, along with countless others.

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The best crowd-pleasing, studio-tight Chicago tribute!  The band's show includes all the hits from Chicago's golden age, 1969-1976.  With a world-class horn section, a rocking rhythm section and vocals stacked sky high, brass transit transports its audience back to the freewheeling days of the seventies.  The band includes veterans of hall-of-fame rock and soul acts like The Drifters, Sam & Dave, Aretha Franklin, Ben E. King, The Marvelettes, Frankie Valli, Mary Wilson, Martha Reeves, Little Anthony & The Imperials, Del Shannon and the Mamas & The Papas.

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