Lorraine Gervais returns to the Center for the Arts with another in her series of dance concert extravaganzas — this time with 13 great players onstage, with a horn section, five singers and, of course, vintage ’70s cocktails. The music is full of classic funky soul rhythms, soaring melodies, tight harmonies and great dance beats — a disco party at its very best!
Donna Summer and Robin Gibb both passed away this year, and in honor of their music and the era that made them famous, Gervais and the group have thrown themselves into tribute party mode to perform everything from Donna Summer to the Bee Gees to Sister Sledge and Evelyn “Champagne” King to Barry White and the Rolling Stones and everybody in between.
And yes — it will be a “Ladies Night” in every sense of the word as every lady over 21 will receive a drink on the house — just like back in those ’70s party days. For anyone wishing to dress up in disco wear, there will be costume prizes awarded by the band for the “best and yet worst” outfit. It’s also just fine to come as you are to listen or to get down on the dance floor.
In addition to singers Lorraine Gervais, Kate Haight and Kris Stepanian, there will be special guest vocalists Danny McCammon and Brielle Morgan Neilson adding their talents to the lineup. Morgan Neilson and Gervais’ production company, Sierra Sirens, produced many great shows at the Center before Morgan Neilson’s move to San Francisco to pursue her master’s degree in music and voice.
Musical support from the band includes Bob Villwock, who will be flying in again from Austin, Texas, Craig Thomas, Steve Wall, Charlie Faber, Mark McCartney, Ty Smith and the Allnite Horn Section — Doug Davies and Doug Thorley.