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Ring in the New Year with ‘Average White Band’ at SOPAC

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with one of music’s most acclaimed soul and funk bands, Average White Band, on Wednesday, December 31 at 9 p.m. at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC).

Tickets are $58, $68 or $78. Buy tickets online at the SOPAC website, or call the box office at (973) 313-2787. Become a SOPAC Member and save $5 per ticket.

More on Average White Band, from the SOPAC website:

Though best known for their timeless instrumental mega-hit “Pick Up the Pieces,” the band’s strength actually lay in their consistently accomplished songwriting, stretching across several gold selling albums and multi-Grammy Award nominations for the legendary Atlantic Records. Somewhat incongruously, given their Scottish roots, the six piece took the influences of their R&B heroes – people like Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Donny Hathaway and others – and developed their own ‘authentic’ sound which was eagerly adopted by black audiences in the U.S. and elsewhere. While a good number of cuts – “Cut The Cake” and “Let’s Go Round Again” – became hit singles, many other album tracks, such as “Schoolboy Crush” and “Stop The Rain” became much sampled grooves. Many more tunes, such as “Cloudy,” and “A Love Of Your Own” – amongst many others – stand alongside some of the finest soul album tracks ever recorded.

Plus, enjoy a complimentary champagne toast at intermission!

Also, why not start — and end — the party that night at Ricalton’s, just around the corner, which is offering a special $50 prix fixe, pre-concert dinner.

After the concert, stop back for an after-dinner drink to round out the night. Reservations required for the dinner; to reserve, call (973) 763-1006.

 

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