This week fans will be able to buy tickets to a pair of significant concerts announced Monday morning. Country star Dierks Bentley will perform at Portsmouth's nTelos amphitheater May 19. Horn-driven funk band Tower of Power is set to play at the Ferguson Center for the Arts in Newport News on June 3.
Tickets to both shows go on sale 10 a.m. Feb. 3. Tickets to the Bentley concert will be sold through Ticketmaster. Tower of Power tickets will be sold through the Ferguson Center's website.
Here are press releases about the two shows:
TOWER OF POWER TO PERFORM AT CNU’S FERGUSON CENTER FOR THE ARTS ON JUNE 3
OPENING ACT: THE JAE SINNETT TRIO
Tickets go on sale Friday, Feb. 3 at 10 a.m.
Christopher Newport University’s Ferguson Center for the Arts has announced Tower of Power will perform one show only on Sunday, Jun. 3 at 7 p.m., with opening act, the Jae Sinnett Trio. Ticket prices range from $27-$57 and will be available for purchase on Friday, Feb. 3 at 10 a.m. at the Ferguson Center Ticket Office, by phone at (877)840-0457, and online at www.fergusoncenter.org.
With 43 years of recording and touring behind them, Tower of Power has released a new album, The Great American Soulbook, featuring covers of soul classics with guest singers Joss Stone, Sir Tom Jones, Huey Lewis, and Sam Moore. The group continues to garner rave reviews melding soul, jazz, funk, and rock in their inimitable way. The ten-piece outfit is - according to the Hollywood Reporter - “tighter than a clenched fist.”
Well known in the '70s for tunes such as “What is Hip?” and “You're Still a Young Man,” Tower of Power toured with Santana, Sly Stone and Credence Clearwater Revival, eventually creating traffic jams when they headlined their own shows. They performed on records with Elton John, Smokey Robinson, Rod Stewart, Aerosmith, and Dionne Warwick, influencing a generation of musicians. During the 1980s, they backed Huey Lewis and the News, Heart, Eurythmics, and Little Feat, among others. They continue to tour and perform hundreds of shows each year in the U.S. and abroad. They received a Lifetime Achievement Award from The California Music Association in 2004.
The band’s current members include: Adolfo Acosta (trumpet), Larry Braggs (lead vocalist), Emilio Castillo, (bandleader, 2nd tenor sax, vocals), Jerry Cortez (guitar), David Garibaldi (drums), Sal Cracchiolo (trumpet, trombone), Stephen "Doc" Kupka (baritone sax), Tom Politzer (lead tenor sax), Rocco Prestia (bass), and Roger Smith (keyboards).
For band information, visit www.towerofpower.com.
COMES TO NTELOS WIRELESS PAVILION
Saturday, May 19, With Eli Young Band
Portsmouth, Va. –Dierks Bentley will headline in concert at nTelos Wireless Pavilion on Saturday, May 19. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
Bentley is one of country music’s hottest performers. His studio albums have accounted for 16 singles on the country singles charts, of which eight reached No. 1: his debut single "What Was I Thinkin',” as well as "Come a Little Closer," "Settle for a Slowdown," "Every Mile a Memory," "Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)," "Feel That Fire," "Sideways," and "Am I the Only One." Four more of his singles have reached Top Five on the country charts as well.
In 2005, Bentley won the CMA Award for the Horizon Award (now Best New Artist) and was invited to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry on October 1, 2005. Bentley stands as the third youngest member after Carrie Underwood and Josh Turner.
Mike Eli and James Young met at the University of North Texas as dorm roommates their freshman year. They played guitars and began writing and singing songs together and formed the acoustic duo, Eli & Young. Chris Thompson and Jon Jones joined them, and they became the Eli Young Band.
They were nominated for an Academy of Country Music award as the Top New Vocal Group or Duo, an award based on the number of fan entries on the GAC website. They lost to the Zac Brown Band. They were then nominated for the 2010 Top New Vocal Group for the 45th ACM Awards, but lost to Gloriana. In 2011, their fifth single "Crazy Girl" became the band's first gold-selling digital single, and first #1 single.
Tickets go onsale at 10 a.m., Friday, Feb. 3 through all Ticketmaster outlets, including online (www.ticketmaster.com) and by phone (800.745.3000). Orchestra tickets are $45, Gold Circle seats are $35, and general admission lawn tickets are $20, including service and facility fees. There is a $3 discount on Gold Circle and lawn tickets with military ID. Present your AAA Membership Card at the Box Office or Ticketmaster outlet and receive $3 off Gold Circle and lawn tickets. Discounts cannot be combined. Children 12 and younger are free on the lawn with a paid adult admission.
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