Thu January 24, 2013
Doors: 7:00pm / Show: 8:00 pm
Cost: $37.50 Adv/$40 Day Of Show
About the Event:
Attention VIP ticketholders!
Admittance for VIP ticketholders begins at 6:45pm the day of the show. The meet-and-greet with Gino will begin shortly after the show.
The 1970s was a decade dominated by glam, punk, heavy metal, new wave, disco and funk. It was a decade where notions of pop and rock authenticity and hipness were constantly being contested and redefined. In the midst of such a heady maelstrom, a handful of artists such as Gino Vannelli opted to buck all the trends, writing and producing sophisticated jazz-inflected pop. In Vannelli’s case, such decade defining hits as “People Gotta Move” and “I Just Wanna Stop” came wrapped in elaborate arrangements dominated by multiple synthesizers while being totally bereft of guitars. He managed to rack up ten Billboard pop chart hits, seven of which also charted Adult Contemporary, three of which crossed over to the R&B charts. Vannelli would record for A&M between 1974 and 1978. Five of those six albums made the Billboard album charts, culminating with Brother to Brother which achieved a coveted Top 20 position in the fall of 1978. A classy, elegant and impassioned artist, on Vannelli’s A&M albums he recorded contemporary songs inspired by R&B and Jazz and developed a significant cross over audience. With his records climbing the charts, Vannelli toured as the opening act for Stevie Wonder, was the first white artist to appear on Soul Train, was nominated for a handful of Grammy Awards and soon headlined his own concerts at major venues in key US cities. In his native Canada, his talents were recognized with a plethora of Juno Awards. In 1980 Vannelli elected to sign with Arista Records. His sole Arista album, Nightwalker, provided him with a #6 pop hit in “Living Inside Myself.” When Vannelli opted to follow it up with a stripped down edgier album called Twisted Heart, the powers at be at Arista refused to release it. For the next three years, in a move reminiscent of similar episodes in the careers of George Michael and Prince, Vannelli and his record company engaged in all-out war. After a four year hiatus, Vannelli was finally released from his Arista contract and in 1985 he released the successful Black Cars album and single on HME. Two years later, he recorded Big Dreamers Never Sleep for CBS, whose single, “Wild Horses,” stormed its way to the Top 10 in several countries. Black Cars and Big Dreamers Never Sleep proved to be big sellers in continental Europe and Vannelli spent much of the latter part of the decade touring overseas. To this day, he continues to have a large European following, usually mounting at least one major tour of the continent every year. After 1990, Vannelli opted to leave the mainstream music inductry and released jazz and classical albums on the Verve label. Satisfied with his forays into jazz and classical, Vannelli felt that it was time to return to pop and in 2005 signed a new deal with Universal Music. These Are The Days is the first CD to be issued in this new phase of Vannelli’s continually fascinating career. These Are The Days will be followed with a new album featuring a dozen or more of the nearly thirty songs that Vannelli has recently written. As These Are The Days makes eminently plain, some thirty years after his first major label release, Vannelli is at the peak of his game, making mature pop music for this brave new world.