John Hall will be performing with Orleans at:
August 1, Bemus Point, Chatauaqua NY
August 2, The Katherine Hepburn Theater, Old Saybrook CT
And at long last:
Orleans, the legendary rock band and perennial Woodstock favorites, has announced its return to Opus 40 on Saturday, August 30th. Resurrecting a tradition that began over 2 decades ago, Orleans and friends will once again be making music on the bluestone sculpture built by famed artist Harvey Fite. For close to 20 years this annual Labor Day weekend event played to sell-out crowds.
Featuring original members John Hall (guitar & vocals) and Lance Hoppen (bass & vocals) joined by brother Lane Hoppen (keyboards & vocals), Boston native Fly Amero (guitar & vocals) and world-class drummer Charlie Morgan, Orleans will be performing all their classic hits like Still The One, Dance With Me, Love Takes Time and Power, along with new songs from their recently released album NO MORE THAN YOU CAN HANDLE (Fuel Records).
Hall's tenure with the band he started in 1972 was interrupted in 2006 when he was elected to the United States House of Representatives, serving two terms for New York's 19th Congressional District. Upon leaving the political arena, John resumed his music career, eventually rejoining Lance in creating a new chapter in Orleans' storied career. This year's performance will be a celebration of life in memory of founding member Larry Hoppen, who passed away in 2012.
Throughout the years, the hallmarks of Orleans have been its tight vocal harmonies and inventive instrumental interplay. As the band once again graces the Opus 40 stage, Orleans' original spirit and integrity are alive and as strong as ever. After 2 years of performing coast to coast Orleans is happy to be coming home.
This is the official John Hall website. John's new CD, Rock Me On The Water
, is here and his new band, Gulf Stream Night
, is hot! Find out where they are performing, sample songs from the CD, download photos and get the latest news right here.
John has been around the music world, from writing and directing music on Broadway to touring with Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band
, from producing Bonnie Raitt's third album to writing the smash Orleans hit "Still The One
." Details are on the bio page, but the focus for now is a record inspired by a sailing trip. From Kingston, NY, to Havana, Cuba, then north to Martha's Vineyard and Cuttyhunk, and finishing in Annapolis MD, John sailed and wrote, listened to the ocean and the wind, collecting these songs to share with you. All but three are written by John with collaborators including Steve Wariner
, Tad Richards
, Sharon Vaughn
and Pamela Melanie Hall
. The other songs are the title track, a Jackson Browne chestnut done reggae, Sam Broussard's "Channel Pilot
," and a new Jules Shear song called "Every Place
All songs but one have acoustic rhythm guitar, but the drums, bass and percussion carry them into a Caribbean zone at every opportunity. The live shows stretch these songs into percussive jam sessions.