Barenaked Ladies with Special Guest: The Persuasions

Tuesday, April 25th 2017
Show at 8:00 PM | Doors at 7:00 PM
Founder's Room Afterparty
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The Persuasions

Since those long ago days of 1962, The have released 26 albums, and opened for artists including: Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention, Ray Charles, Bill Cosby, and Richard Pryor. Amazingly enough, Roseanne Barr and Bruce Springsteen once opened for The Persuasions. The Persuasions have long been the acknowledged “Kings of A Cappella.” The group first came together on the street corners of Brooklyn, but all hail from different parts of the country. The Persuasions moved from street corners to parties to "performances" during the early 1960's, and worked with Robert F. Kennedy’s Project Restoration to aid African-Americans living in the inner cities of America. Legendary musician Frank Zappa and his wife Gail “discovered” The Persuasions in 1968. Zappa signed them and produced their debut album, "A Cappella," on Zappa’s “Straight” label, in 1970. The Persuasions next signed with Capitol Records and have since gone on to release a string of commercially successful and critically acclaimed recordings, releasing albums and CDs for MCA, A&M Records, Elektra Records, Flying Fish, Rounder and Rounder/ Bullseye Blues, Music For Little People, Earthbeat!/Rhino, Grateful Dead Records/Arista and Chesky Records. In March, 2000, The Persuasions released an album in tribute to their old friend, Zappa, "Frankly A Cappella: The Persuasions Sing Zappa." At the time, Jerry Lawson of The Persuasions said, "Frank gave us our start, and this is our way of saying 'thanks'". The saga continues in 2015 with a hit by British DJ, Jamie XX featuring a sample of the group"s recording of Good Times. Later in 2016, the group appeared on ABC's "The View" and live appearance in Central Park with Barenaked Ladies and a recording project with the group.

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ARTIST BIO

“Gotta see the show, ‘cause then you’ll know,” sings Ed Robertson on Barenaked Ladies’ chart-topping hit, “One Week,” a song featured on the band’s new live album BNL Rocks Red Rocks, recorded at the fabled Morrison, CO, Amphitheater on June 10, 2015 during the band’s Last Summer On Earth tour. That’s as good a description as any about seeing these rock icons in concert, an experience filled with the kind of energy, precision, finesse and outright celebration among its fans that is a tribute to Barenaked Ladies’ remarkable longevity. The band is still together after nearly three decades, producing 14 studio albums which have collectively sold more than 14 million copies, won eight Juno Awards, earned multiple Grammy nominations, a U.S. chart-topping single (“One Week”) and the theme song to one of TV’s most popular shows, The Big Bang Theory.  “I don’t think there’s a secret,” Robertson explained to People magazine last year when asked how BNL managed to not just survive, but thrive, continuing to sell out venues wherever they go. “It’s work. You’ve got to respect each other, you got to give each other space, but you also have to support each other… This band learned early on to communicate, right from the beginning we didn’t want to burn out. We wanted to keep making music.”

Ed Robertson: guitar, vocals
Jim Creeggan: bass, vocals
Kevin Hearn: keyboards, guitar, vocals
Tyler Stewart: drums, vocals

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