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The Family Reunion Tour

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Aug 24, 2013

Sat 8:00 PM

1776 D Street NW
Washington, DC 20006

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Performers:

  • The O'Jays
  • Gladys Knight

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Cost

65.00

Performer Info

The O'Jays: The Legendary O'Jays are the vocal group from Canton, Ohio originated with Eddie Levert, Sr., Walter Williams, Sr., William Powell, Bobby Massey and Billy Isles. Their name was coined from the last name of Cleveland DJ Eddie O’Jay by chance. Isles left the group in 1965. Massey left to become a record Producer in 1971 and Levert, Williams and Powell continued as a trio. Powell retired from touring due to illness in late 1975, passing at the age of 35 in 1977. Powell was replaced by Sammy Strain, formerly with Little Anthony & The Imperials. Strain returned to his former group in 1993 and was replaced by Nathaniel Best. After the departure in 1995 of Best, Eric Nolan Grant joined the group. Levert says "Eric was the ideal person for the O’Jays, because he was used to working within a group, which Walter Williams managed. He was really a shoe-in, and he fit perfectly". Further he states "With his addition, we have been able to keep our performances at a level that we’re used to having-stage-wise and in the studio. Eddie and Walter’s lifelong relationship began when Walter met Eddie when he was 6 and Eddie was 7. Their cohesive and long lasting relationship is what they patterned their career after and is just an example of their long commitment to The O’Jays, their commitment to excellence and to their fans. "We have three generations at our concerts…the kids, the moms and dads, and the grandmas and granddads", says Williams. "This popularity among generations is rare in music today, an exception rather than the rule and that is why The O’Jays are a phenomenon", says the Management Team of Rosalind R. Ray, Esquire and Andy Gibson, CPA. Ray and Gibson add "The O’Jays are more than legends

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