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The O'Jay's Concert Review 07/15/11







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The O’Jays performed at Atlanta Symphony Hall in Atlanta, GA as part of The National Black Arts Festival's 2011 Legends Celebration. 


By: Cheryl Armour

July 15,2011


The renowned group was at the forefront of soul music in the seventies and have enjoyed many years of success with 10 #1 hits, 10 gold and 9 platinum records to their credit.  The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005 in their home state of Ohio.  They have been nominated four times for a Grammy and won an American Music Award in 1990 for Best Group.  The O'Jays have been making music and performing for over fifty years and show no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

In 2003, the O’Jays embarked upon acting careers appearing in “The Fighting Temptations” starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Beyonce Knowles.  Many other artists appeared in the film including Angie Stone, L’il Zane, Melba Moore and Montell Jordan.  The group sings in the movie and has several songs on the movie soundtrack, including “Rain Down,” “Love Me Like A Rock,” and “He Still Loves Me.”

As ticket holders mingled in the lobby before the show, SJM chatted with several of them about why they were excited to see The O’Jays perform.  Stanley Clemmons told us that he has been a longtime fan.  He has followed the group since the sixties, owns most of their cd’s, has attended several concerts over the years and enjoyed them all.  Not to mention they are living legends!

Once seated, the crowd was abuzz with anticipation as The O’Jays prepared to take the stage.  They performed many of their biggest R&B classic hits, including “Back Stabbers,” “Love Train,” “For the Love of Money,” “I Love Music” and “Use Ta Be My Girl” while throwing in some of the choreographed dance moves they’re known for.  Lead singer, Eddie Levert entertained the crowd with bits of humor inserting witty comments between songs eliciting chuckles and laughter from the audience.  Members of the crowd jumped to their feet throughout the performance as the band played soulful and funky hit after hit.  After concluding the show to a rousing standing ovation, they were asked to retake the stage where they were presented with an NBAF Legends award.  The O’Jays truly are living legends who still have the moves and clearly enjoy performing live.  They will be on tour for the remainder of the summer. 


Upcoming concerts for The O'Jays.

Saturday 23 July 2011
Winter Park Jazz Festival 2011 The O'Jays, Will Downing, Najee, Dave Koz, Arturo Sandoval, Hot 8 Brass Band, Alex Bugnon, Nelson Rangell, and Dotsero Winter Park, CO

Friday 29 July 2011   
The O'Jays at Hard Rock Live Miami, FL

Saturday 30 July 2011
Silence the Violence Benefit Concert with The O'Jays at Mcclatchy Park      Sacramento, CA

Friday 05 August 2011
The O'Jays with Ohio State Fair at Celeste Center        Columbus, OH

Saturday 20 August 2011
Keith Sweat with The Whispers and The O'Jays at Blue Cross Arena    Rochester, NY

Wednesday 24 August 2011
The O'Jays with The Four Tops and The Stylistics at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts  Philadelphia, PA

Friday 09 September 2011
The O'Jays at Harrahs Casino Tunica         Robinsonville, MS

Friday 16 September 2011
Louis Crews Stadium Huntsville, AL

Saturday 17 September 2011
The O'Jays and Erykah Badu with Rickey Smiley at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena  Jacksonville, FL

Friday 04 November 2011
The O'Jays at Celebrity Theatre Phoenix, AZ









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