The Ohio Players

The Northern Lights Theater 1721 W Canal Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53233
Price: $45/$40/$35

Friday, January 24 at 8 p.m.

The Ohio Players came into musical prominence in the 1970s as pioneers of street funk and underground R&B. After signing with Mercury Records in 1974 through 1977, The Ohio Players 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 Ohio Players traveled the world and produced more than a dozen albums and received 14 gold and platinum awards for their labors. The band has also appeared on many national television programs, from American Bandstand andDon Kirshner’s Rock Concert to Late Night with David Letterman. Since then, there is a long list of artists who have sampled or re-recorded The Ohio Players’ material; among them: Snoop Dogg, Puff Daddy, Salt & Pepper, Too Short, Sound garden, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Paul Jackson Jr. and Alex Bugnon.

Currently the band consists of nine members, three of which are original members; James “Diamond” Williams (Drums), Clarence Willis (Lead Guitar) and Robert Kuumba, (Percussion). One might think the band members could now sit back, and count their gold and platinum records, enjoy the memories and fade into an easy retirement. Nothing could be further from the truth. These guys have sustained their excitement and energy, entertaining crowds all over the world, singing their songs and dancing to the melodies and funky grooves.

Today, The Ohio Players are one of the few bands from the ’70s era that still performs all of their music using no computers or samplers to enhance their musical production. The Ohio Players are thankful for having a large, loyal fan base that come to the shows and are still enthusiastic to hear the original sounds from the ’70s.

The Ohio Players are excited about the dawn of their new musical release, “This is your Night.” It’s the group’s first new release in 13 years and is being released online through Tune Core.

After 38 years in the business, this group is still setting stages on “Fire” and riding their own “Love Rollercoaster!”