Lehman Center for the Performing Arts and GOYA FOODS presents three Legendary Soul, Pop, and R&B Acts in one night! TONY! TONI! TONE! (“Feels Good”, “Whatever You Want”), SHEILA E (“The Glamorous Life”, “A Love Bizarre”), and DENIECE WILLIAMS (“Free”, “Too Much, Too Little, Too Late”, “Black Butterfly", “Let’s Hear It For The Boy”) perform in celebration of Lehman College’s 50th Anniversary on Saturday, October 13th, 2018 at 8pm. Produced by Lehman Center.
This concert continues the completion of the first phase of renovations at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts. Concert goers will find that the lobbies have been upgraded for ADA compliance with new ramps and carpeting, and the interior of the theater will have new seating, carpeted aisles, and finished flooring as well. The $15.4 million dollar refurbishment of the Center, which is expected to be completed by mid-2019, will also include 5,400 square feet of enlarged space, with a new main entrance and a redesigned box office, plus new administration offices and restroom facilities on the first and mezzanine floors, and an elevator. The Center seats 2,278 people in the concert hall and is the largest of its kind in the borough. Funding for the project is being provided by the Office of the Governor, the New York State Legislature, the Bronx delegation of the New York City Council, and the Office of the Bronx Borough President. Additional funding is being raised with a seat naming initiative, which allows community members to make a personal connection with one of New York City’s most important not-for-profit entertainment venues.
Lehman Center for the Performing Arts is on the campus of Lehman College/CUNY at 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx, NY 10468. Tickets for TONY! TONI! TONE!, SHEILA E, and DENIECE WILLIAMS on Saturday, October 13th, 2018 at 8pm are VIP $100, $85, $55, and $50, and can be purchased by calling the Lehman Center box office at 718-960-8833 (Monday through Friday, 10am–5pm, and beginning at 4pm on the day of the concert), or through online access at www.LehmanCenter.org. *VIP Reception: The Havana Café, Goya Foods and Lehman Center special VIP pre-concert wine & hors d’oeuvres reception will start at 6:30pm. VIP tickets include the reception and the best seats in the house. Sponsored by Havana Café Restaurant and Goya Foods. Lehman Center is accessible by #4 or D train to Bedford Park Blvd. and is off the Saw Mill River Parkway and the Major Deegan Expressway. Low-cost on-site parking available for $5.
TONY! TONI! TONÉ! crashed out of their Oakland, California neighborhood with their 1988 Gold debut album Who? which spawned the #1 R&B hit “Little Walter”. Composed of brothers D’Wayne Wiggins (vocals & guitar) and Raphael Saadig (lead vocals & bass) and their cousin Timothy Christian Riley (drums & keyboards), the group’s first record also contained three additional R&B top ten hits: “Born Not to Know”, “For the Love of You” and “Baby Doll”. Their second album The Revival was released in 1990 to both critical and popular acclaim, garnering Platinum status with the #1 R&B hits “It Never Rains In Southern California”, “The Blues”, “Whatever You Want” and “Feels Good” which went Gold and won the ASCAP Award. This album also included the song “Me & You” which was featured in the movie Boyz n the Hood. In 1991 they won the Vocal Group of the Year NAACP Image Award and the American Music Award for Favorite R&B/Soul Group. Without slowing down, the group’s third record, Sons of Soul (1993), which was designed to pay tribute to the black soul groups of the 1960’s and 70’s, went Double Platinum, charted at #3 (R&B) and included the hits “Anniversary” (#2 R&B), “(Lay Your Head On My) Pillow” (#4 R&B), “Of I Had No Loot” (#7 Hot 100), and ” Slow Wine”. That year they also contributed songs to the movie soundtracks of House Party II, Jason’s Lyric, The Mask, Panther and Poetic Justice. 1996 saw the release of Tony! Toni! Toné!’s House of Music that also went Platinum and contained the hits “Thinking of You” and “Let’s Get Down”. In 1998 another cousin, Amar Khalil, became the group’s lead vocalist, replacing Saadig who left to pursue his own recording career and work as a producer for artists like D’Angelo, TLC, Mary J Blige and The Roots. In 2003 Tony! Toni! Toné! were guest artists on The Diary of Alicia Keys, contributing the top ten hit song “Diary”. Their most recent single, “It’s A Beautiful Thing”, was released in 2014.
DENIECE WILLIAMS is a four-time Grammy award winning American singer–songwriter with a four-octave range and a distinctive soprano voice. She has been described as “one of the great soul voices” by the BBC. In the 1970’s Deniece was a backup vocalist for Stevie Wonder, Syreeta Wright, Minnie Riperton Roberta Flack, and Weather Report. Her debut album This Is Niecy went platinum, rose to #3 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop chart, and spawned the single “Free”, which reached No. 2 on the Black Singles chart, No. 25 on the Billboard Hot 100, and No. 1 on the British Singles chart in 1976. Her second album Song Bird (1977) contained the hit “Baby, Baby My Love’s All For You”. In 1978, her duet with Johnny Mathis, “Too Much, Too Little, Too Late” made it to number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and together they recorded the “Without Us”, the popular theme song to the TV show Family Ties. Other hit songs include “Silly” (1981), the #1 R&B chart-topper ”It’s Gonna Take a Miracle” (1982), “Never Say Never” (1987), and “I Can’t Wait” (1988). Deniece’s 7th studio album, I’m So Proud (1983) earned a Grammy nomination, and the title track for 1984’s album Let’s Hear It for the Boy went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was featured in the film Footloose. “Black Butterfly" is a song written by the song-writing duo Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil in 1982, and most famously recorded by American recording artist Deniece Williams. The Williams recording was released in 1984 for Columbia Records and is on her 1984 album Let's Hear it for the Boy. Switching to gospel music in the late 80’s and 90’s, she earned a Grammy nomination for her album So Glad I Know (1986), was honored with 1987 Grammy Awards for the singles “I Surrender All”, and “They Say” (1987), a duet with Sandi Patti, and again in 1988 for “I Believe In You”. In 1999, Deniece won her fourth gospel Grammy award for her album This Is My Song. She is currently working on a new studio album entitled The Melody I Sing.
SHEILA E (Escovedo) is a percussionist, singer, author, actress, and the biggest and brightest of Prince’s protégées. Born into a musical family in the Bay Area of California, she was influenced by her percussionist father Pete Escovedo, uncles Coke, Alejandro, Mario and Javier Escovedo, and her godfather Tito Puente. In 1977, she joined the George Duke Band as a percussionist and singer, appearing on several of the band’s albums, and she also performed with Lionel Ritchie, Herbie Hancock, and Diana Ross. In 1983 she joined Marvin Gaye’s Midnight Love Tour as one of his percussionists. The following year, Sheila recorded with Prince who also wrote and co-produced her critically acclaimed 1984 breakthrough album, The Glamorous Life, which earned her two Grammy Award nominations. The album’s title-track single “The Glamorous Life” peaked at number 7 on the Hot 100, topped the dance charts, and earned three MTV Video Award nominations. She became a mainstream solo star with the release of the album Romance 1600 in 1985 with the success of the singles, “The Belle of St. Mark”, “Sister Fate”, and her duet with Prince- “A Love Bizarre”, the latter becoming one of her signature songs. In 1986, she released the album Sheila E that contained the ballad “Hold Me” that peaked at #3 on the R&B charts. Sheila formally joined Prince’s band as drummer and musical director in 1987, and regularly toured with him. She also has performed with Phil Collins, Ringo Starr & His All Star Band, Beyoncé, Cyndi Lauper, Marc Anthony, Pharrell Williams, and Hans Zimmer among others. Her latest album Iconic: Message4America was released in 1987 and features collaborations with Ringo Starr, Freddy Stone and George Clinton.
Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council. The 2018-2019 Season is also made possible through the sponsorships by Goya Foods, TD Bank, Con Edison, the New Yankee Stadium Community Benefits Fund, the Rudin Foundation, the Hyde and Watson Foundation, Havana Café, and the Friends of Lehman Center.