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O Town & Ryan Cabrera to perform at Narrows Center in Fall River

Originally formed on the ABC/MTV reality show Making The Band, which chronicled their formation and rise to fame, O-Town is touring with Ryan Cabrera this summer. They will make a stop at the Narrows Center in Fall River, MA, on July 25th. Purchase tickets HERE.

O-Town’s story began in 1999, when TV network, ABC, produced the very first musical reality show in major network history. “Making the Band” was produced in conjunction with Lou Pearlman, creator of both the Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC . The show chronicled the creation, development, and rise to success of O-Town throughout three seasons of the series; the first two on ABC and the final season on MTV. The group became the first to be signed by Clive Davis to his label, J Records, and released two full-length albums, which included #1 singles, “Liquid Dreams” and “All or Nothing.” The latter of which was nominated for “Song of the Year” at the Radio Music Awards in 2001.

By 2003, O-Town found themselves amidst an industry that was beginning to experience dramatic changes, former mentor, Lou Pearlman’s, legal battles and eventual conviction regarding embezzlement of more than $300 million, as well as a complex contract that left the group in dire financial strain.

“We really had little choice but to close up shop at that point”, Jacob Underwood explains. “We learned so much during those four years, but it was obvious the time had come to walk away, hoping we could do it again one day, differently”.

Reunited in 2014 as a four-piece, following the departure of member, Ashley Parker Angel, band members Underwood, Trevor Penick, Dan Miller and Erik-Michael Estrada, released their third studio album, Lines & Circles, and set out on a national tour for the first time in 10 years in support of the album. Additionally, the group made their acting debut starring in Backstreet Boy member, Nick Carter’s cult film, Dead 7, amongst members of all of the generation’s biggest boy bands, which was premiered on the Sy-Fy channel.

After touring for the last three years and realizing the incredible support of their loyal fans, it seemed clear to the band that they could produce their fourth album free of any label, and could rely solely on their fans for funding. In October 2016, the group launched a Kickstarter campaign to do just that. The campaign was so incredibly successful that they met their initial goal of $47,500 within the first seven hours. At the end of the 30 day campaign, they nearly doubled that goal, proving their loyal fan base will continue to support the group as they pursue new musical endeavors.

O-Town is now preparing to release their fourth studio album, which will be split into two EPs. The first single, “Empty Space” will premiere this month on Yahoo! Music. The group will then head out on a series of tour dates throughout the summer, including the Narrows Center on July 20th.

Joining O Town for the tour is Ryan Cabrera, the platinum-selling singer/songwriter and architect behind ubiquitous smashes such as “On the Way Down,” “True” and “Shine On,” as well as albums including 2004’s Take It All Away, which hit #8 on the Billboard Top 200, You Stand Watching (2005), and The Moon Under Water (2008). Ryan was asked to join O Town for this tour and is delighted to be on the road with them.

The Narrows Center for the Arts is located at 16 Anawan Street. Tickets to his show can be purchased online HERE or by calling the box office at 508-324-1926. For those wanting to purchase tickets in person, box office hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 12 noon to 5 p.m.

Vanilla Fudge celebrates their 50th anniversary at Narrows Center

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Legendary rock band Vanilla Fudge are celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2017 and they are making a stop at the Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River, Mass., on April 5th with special guest Paul Bielatowicz. It will be the first time the band has appeared at this intimate venue. Purchase tickets HERE.

Since the summer of 1967, Vanilla Fudge were architects of a new musical style that included psychedelic, rock, soul music and gospel. They were, and are masters of reinterpreting other artist’s hit songs, and their effect on the soon to explode late 60’s “heavy metal” scene was undeniable.

To be an influence on the likes of Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Van Halen certainly secures a place in rock n roll history for the legendary Vanilla Fudge.

Now celebrating their 50th anniversary, the powerhouse vocals and keyboard flourishes of virtuoso organist Mark Stein, along with the fluid guitar explosions of Vinnie Martell, all anchored by arguably one of the best rhythm sections in the history of rock music, with the legendary Carmine Appice on drums and Pete Bremy on bass (filling in for the retired Tim Bogert), they create a sound so unique that it cannot be imitated. Your spirit will jettison right back to a “happening” in that magical summer of 1967, and this “happening” needs to be felt live to truly be appreciated!

Paul Bielatowicz, who is best known for his virtuoso guitar work with some of the biggest names in progressive rock including Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Asia) and Neal Morse (Spock’s Beard), will open the show!

The Narrows Center is located at 16 Anawan Street in Fall River, Mass. Tickets to this show can be purchased online by clicking HERE or by calling the box office at 508-324-1926. For those wanting to purchase tickets in person, box office hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 12 noon to 5 p.m.

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Adrian Belew Power Trio coming to Fall River, Mass.

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Adrian Belew, former vocalist and guitarist for King Crimson, is bringing his Power Trio to the Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River, Mass., where the audience will get a chance to see him in an intimate setting. In addition to brand new material, the live show will feature classics from Belew’s many solo albums, spirited improvisation, King Crimson favorites, and special solo moments by Belew. Purchase tickets HERE.

Belew, a pioneering guitarist, composer, vocalist, and electronic artist, will be performing at the Narrows as part of a three-month long U.S. tour on Dec.11th in a show that will start at 8 p.m.

Besides Belew, the Power Trio features virtuoso musicians Julie Slick on bass and Tobias Ralph on drums. No one plays their instruments like this band and this show will rock the Narrows with a burning performance.

Belew first appeared on the guitar-world radar when he joined Frank Zappa’s band in 1977. His signature tones and influences are all over Zappa’s movie “Baby Snakes” as well as his biggest-selling album “Sheik Yerbouti.” His musical use of effects and whammy bar remains unique, and his techniques continue to be a huge influence on scores of guitarists.

From the late 70s to today, Belew has been on a wild ride through countless tours and albums with David Bowie, The Talking Heads, Paul Simon, and Nine Inch Nails, with whom he has appeared on three CDs. Furthermore, he was the guitarist, songwriter and frontman for King Crimson for over 30 years and an accomplished solo artist, releasing over 20 solo records that pushed sonic boundaries while maintaining artistic integrity.

As a special treat for the Narrows audience, the Adrian Belew Power Trio will do a post-show meet and greet with all ticket buyers in the main lobby.

Tickets for this show are on-sale now through the venue’s website, narrowscenter.org, or by calling the box office at 508-324-1926.

The Narrows Center for the Arts is located at 16 Anawan Street in Fall River, Mass. Parking is free.