Stevie B, Jon B, Rodney O and Joe Cooley and Lighter Shade of Brown

Stevie B, Jon B, Rodney O and Joe Cooley and Lighter Shade of Brown

Rodney O and Joe Cooley, Lighter Shade of Brown, Jon B

Fri, February 17, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm (event ends at 11:59 pm)

$30.00 - $65.00

This event is all ages

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Stevie B
Stevie B
The King Of Freestyle!
Singer, songwriter, and producer Stevie B. was among the leading lights of the Miami dance music scene of the late '80s, later reaching the top of the pop charts with the mega-hit "Because I Love You (The Postman Song)." A native of South Florida, he worked a variety of dead-end jobs ranging from car-wash attendant to fast-food server before scoring his debut hit with 1987's "Party Your Body," which grew from a regional success to national club smash; it was also the title track of his 1988 debut LP, which went gold. With 1989's In My Eyes, Stevie B. launched his first Top 40 hit, "I Wanna Be the One"; its follow-up, "Love Me for Life," soon cracked the Top 40 as well. With 1990's "Because I Love You," he reached the pinnacle of his success, with the single's accompanying album Love & Emotion also generating a pair of Top 20 hits, "I'll Be by Your Side" and the title cut. However, with the subsequent rise of alternative rock, Stevie B.'s light dance-pop sound lost much of its mainstream appeal, and he never again recaptured his previous success, with records including 1992's Healing and 1996's Waiting for Your Love appearing to little notice. The Best of Stevie B. followed in 1998.
Rodney O and Joe Cooley
Rodney O and Joe Cooley
Rodney-O & Joe Cooley are noted west coast hip hop pioneers from Compton, California, best known for tracks such as "Everlasting Bass," "Cooley High," and "This is for the Homies." Rodney-O is a rapper and Joe Cooley is a DJ. The group also included occasional vocals from hype man General Jeff. The group's first record was distributed by Macola Records, which also distributed seminal works by Eazy-E, N.W.A and Ice-T. Having met him during their days at Ichiban, the duo worked with Vanilla Ice as a producing group called "Tha Hit-Men" between 1992 to 1994.

Joe Cooley is considered one of the most influential scratch DJs. His sound was often characterized by using a switch instead of a fader. The "Joe Cooley" scratch he pioneered consists of rapidly executed stab-backscribble-chirp combinations.
Lighter Shade of Brown
Lighter Shade of Brown
Jon B
Jon B
Legendary songwriter, producer, vocalist, and instrumentalist Jon B. brought a distinctive focus on smooth melodies to contemporary R&B. Born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island and raised in Pasadena, California, Jon B. (short for Jonathan Buck) was the son of a professor of music and a concert pianist. Influenced by music found in his grandparents' record store, he began combining the spirit of '70s soul with hip-hop-inspired productions on his 1995 debut album, Bonafide. It peaked on Billboard's R&B Albums chart at number 24, led by the Top Ten R&B single 'Someone to Love,' a duet with prime influence Babyface, and went gold. His second album, 1997's Cool Relax, continued the emphasis on hip-hop soul and featured two of his biggest singles in 'They Don't Know' and the 2Pac-assisted 'Are U Still Down.' As a result, the set sold over a million copies, thus earning it platinum certification. During the following decade, Jon B. released three more albums -- Pleasures U Like (2001), Stronger Everyday (2004), and Helpless Romantic (2008). In 2012, the singer returned with Comfortable Swagg.

Also an accomplished songwriter for other artists, he penned material for the likes of Maxi Priest, For Real, After 7, Spice Girls, Az Yet, and Toni Braxton.
Venue Information:
Ventura Theater
26 S. Chestnut St.
Ventura, CA, 93001
http://www.venturatheater.net