04-24-2017  2:13 am      •     
The Wake of Vanport

The Ohio Players came into musical prominence in the 1970’s as pioneers of street funk and underground R&B.

After signing with Mercury Records in 1974 they landed three consecutive platinum albums “Skin Tight, “Fire”, and “Honey”. Two number one singles on the billboard pop charts “Fire” and “Love Rollercoaster” and five number one R&B singles “Funky Worm”, ”Fire”,”Sweet Sticky Thing”, “Love Rollercoaster,” and “Who’d She Coo”.

The Players traveled the world, produced more than a dozen albums and received 14 gold and platinum awards for their labors. They also appeared on all the late night shows from Dick Clark to David Letterman. 

Their classic tunes are still making an impact, showing up as samples and covers from Snoop Dogg, Puff Daddy, Salt & Pepper, Too Short, Sound garden, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Paul Jackson Jr., and Alex Bugnon. 

The band is keeping it funky with 9 members, 4 of which are original Players. James “Diamond” Williams (Drums), Clarence Willis (Lead Guitar) and Robert Kuumba,(Percussion).

Recently, they appeared in Louisville Ky. Fourth of July with a crowd of over 40,000 people in Washington D.C.  several Casinos, and were featured at the Indianapolis 500 Rattlesnake Ball and Parade with over 300,000 in attendance.

The Ohio Players use real instrumentation and no computers to keep fans dancing. “This is your Night” is their newest single.

 

Saturday, April 22, 2017 8 p.m. 

Roseland Theater

21 & Over Only 

 

Tickets available through Cascade Tickets 

Purchase online at Roselandpdx.com or Cascadetickets.com 

 

 

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