The Sands Event Center Announce The Legendary J Geils Band, Comedian Jim Jefferies, and Aaron Lewis Solo
The Sands Bethlehem Event Center has just announced J Geils Band on Wednesday, November 19th, Jim Jefferies on Friday, December 12th, and Aaron Lewis Thursday, February 19th. All shows are at 8pm.
Tickets for J Geils range from $55.00 to $89.50 (Golden Circle) Jim Jefferies tickets are $ 35.00 and Tickets for Aaron Lewis range from $ 35.00-$ 55.00. All shows go on sale Friday, 10/10 at 10 am. Tickets can be purchased at sandseventcenter.com, the Event Center box office, Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 800-745-3000.
The J. Geils Band was an American rock band that formed in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1976. The band shot to fame with their 1981 single, “Centerfold,” which peaked at #1 on the U.S. Billboard Singles Chart, and spurred a whole new following of fans for the band. When the band first began in the mid-1960s they were an acoustic blues/R&B trio with singer John Geils, bassist Danny Klein, and harmonica player Magic Dick ( Richard Salwit). By the end of the 1960s the band began to move in another music direction that was more rock and roll based with the implementation of electric guitar and bass into their music, additional drummer Stephen Jo Bladd, additional singer Peter Wolf, and organist Seth Justman. After playing locally around Boston the band were offered a record deal in 1970 with Atlantic Records.
The band’s early success came in the 70’s with lots of radio play in both Detroit and Boston. A number of hit singles began to emerge, notably, “Looking for a Love” (1971), “Ain’t Nothin’ But a Houseparty” (1973), “Give it to Me” (1973), and “Must of Got Lost” (1974). In 1971, the J. Geils Band performed a live show at Boston Common with The Allman Brothers Band, which elevated their popularity status at the time. 1973 saw the band switch labels to EMI Records. The turning point for the band came with the release of their 1980’s album “Freeze Frame,” which included the smash hit “Centerfold.”
The band’s last album, “You’re Gettin’ Even While I’m Gettin’ Odd,” was not a commercial success and the band decided to call it quits in 1985 and go their separate ways. The band reunited a decade later in 1999 to play 13 dates along the east coast. A second reunion occurred in 2009 the band played in Atlantic city selling out the Borgata’s 2,000-seat Event Center. 2010 saw The J. Geils Band reunited once again opening up for Aerosmith at Fenway Park, to a sold out show.
The J. Geils Band embarked on a short U.S. tour in August/September 2012. However, guitarist J. Geils was not a part of this tour. According to Rolling Stone Magazine, John Geils, founder of the J. Geils Band, has filed a lawsuit against the other members of the group over use of the name in an upcoming tour that doesn’t feature the guitarist, Reuters reports. Geils names band members Richard Salwitz, Danny Klein, Peter Wolf and Seth Justman in the lawsuit filed in Boston Superior Court, claiming they “planned and conspired” to exclude Geils from a tour and are unlawfully using the group’s trademarked name. On their 2012 tour, guitarists Duke Levine and Kevin Barry replaced Geils and the new drummer was Tom Arey.
On May 30, 2013 the J. Geils Band performed 6 songs as part of the Boston Strong concert at the TD Garden in Boston. The concert, a benefit for victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.
2014 sees the band touring with Bob Segar as well as some selective individual tour dates.
Jim Jefferies,theAustralianstand-upcomedian, firstestablishedhimselfas oneoftheoutstandingcomediansofhisgenerationinEurope,makinghismarksellingoutattheEdinburghFringeandMontreal JustforLaughsfestivalsbeforemovingtoLosAngeles in2009.Hefoundimmediatesuccessin theStates,firstseenonHBO’s U.S. audiences got their first taste of Jefferies when he appeared on HBO’s Down and Dirty with Jim Norton which in turn lead to his critically acclaimed and international hit one hour HBO special, I Swear to God. He followed that up with a Showtime special titled Alchoholocaust and Fully Functional on The EPIX Network.
Next,hewrote,producedandstarred in, LEGIT controversial original comedy series that ran on, FXX for two seasons on January 8. In LEGIT, Jefferies portrays a heightened version of himself as a comedian from Australia. livinginVenice,CA who realizes there’s more to life (and his career) than the rock and roll lifestyle of stand up comedy. The show can currently be seen on Netflix..
If you want to get to know AARON LEWIS, just listen to The Road. On his first full-length album, the Grammy Award-nominated, multi-platinum singer, songwriter, and guitarist tells one story after another. Echoing traditional country, some of those tales are hilarious and heartwarming, while others are pensive and personal. Nevertheless, they’re all equally powerful, vibrant, and unforgettable. For Lewis, The Road continues to wind and surprise like it always has.
In 2011, the Staind frontman formally arrived in the country world with the release of his debut EP, Town Line. Highlighted by the success of gold-selling single “Country Boy” featuring the legendary George Jones and Charlie Daniels, the seven-song EP reached #1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and #7 on the Billboard Top 200 upon release.
Lewis also received two Academy of Country Music nominations for “Vocal Event of the Year” for “Country Boy” (for his work as artist and as co-producer) as well as two CMT nominations–one for “USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year” and another for “Collaborative Video of the Year.” Simultaneously, the music video for the single stirred similar fan fervor, surpassing 12 million views on YouTube and 3 million on CMT.com. After a whirlwind year, Lewis began working on what would become The Road in the fall of 2011.
While balancing both a solo run and a tour supporting Staind’s self-titled seventh studio album, he carved out intermittent pockets of time to record in Nashville with legendary Grammy-winning producer James Stroud.
“I didn’t stop to think about it very much,” Lewis smiles. “James lets me run with it. We respect each other and he allows me to really be who I am. I recorded this whole record by bouncing in and out of Nashville on days off. I’d come into town, work for the day, bail out, and play some more shows. Four days later, I’d do the same thing. That’s how the album was made, and it’s why I called it The Road.”
It’s a natural progression from Town Line. The album’s ten songs unfold with a classic grit and an invigorating energy all directly from Lewis’s heart and soul. The first single, “Endless Summer,” recalls an idyllic day in the sun with his daughters. A bluesy guitar twang bends into a shimmering refrain about “another day in paradise” that’s both infectious and inimitable.
Lewis laughs, “It proves I can write a happy tune. It’s a story about me and the family going to our beach cottage on the weekends. It’s all true. We drive down there, cook striper on the grill, and dig our own clams.”
Then there’s “Forever,” a true product of The Road itself. It captures the longing and loneliness of life on the tour bus, while reflecting the immortality of true love. It’s touching and thought-provoking all at once. “Doubt can set in on the road,” he reveals. “Conversations from home aren’t always warm and fuzzy. However, things change when you get back. The song goes from questioning to being reassured that everything is all good.”
Lewis personally penned all of the songs on The Road but one. For “Grandaddy’s Gun,” he teamed up with Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, and Bobby Pinson, marking the first songwriting collaboration of his career. Annually, Lewis hosts a benefit show for his charity, It Takes a Community, which benefits his daughter’s elementary school through community donations. Akins performed “Grandaddy’s Gun” at the 2011 show. As soon as Lewis heard the tune, it stayed stuck in his head.
In many ways, The Road brings things full circle for Lewis. In Staind, he has made an indelible mark on hard rock. The group has sold 13 million albums worldwide, yielding four consecutive top 3 debuts on the Billboard Top 200 as well as numerous radio hits. Their single “It’s Been Awhile” also remains the most-played rock song of the decade. Still, this new chapter proves cyclical for Lewis, actually bringing him back to the first style of music he’d heard: country music.
Now, he’s carrying on a tradition of storytelling and songwriting himself. “I’m really hoping the songs speak for themselves,” he concludes. “I hope people hear the record and realize that this is all me. There’s nothing more to say. I’m just writing songs like I have been for my whole career.”
That’s all he really has to do. For Aaron Lewis, The Road looks brighter than ever.
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Vision Entertainment Group was formed to become one of the region’s leading providers of entertainment, culture and tourism products and services. Vision Entertainment Group heads up the operation of The Sands Bethlehem Event Center. Striving to become one of the top entertainment development firms in the country and stretching its arms across the Atlantic to embrace the growing demand in the entertainment industry.
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