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The Ohio Players bring the funk to Fishtown

5 July 2024

(PRESS RELEASE) -- The legendary Ohio Players will take fans on a "rollercoaster" tour of their iconic hits when the band comes to Fishtown this fall. The pioneers of street funk and underground R&B will perform at Rivers Casino Philadelphia on Saturday, 21 September, at 8 p.m. in The Event Center.

Ohio Players rose to prominence in the 1970s with such hits as "Fire" and "Love Rollercoaster," and the band has since produced more than a dozen albums and earned 14 total gold and platinum awards.

The Ohio Players, comprised of three original members and seven additional musicians, have traveled the world and been recognized by a long list of artists who have sampled or rerecorded their material. The original members consist of James "Diamond" Williams (drums), Billy Beck (keyboard) and Clarence Willis (lead guitar).

"We’re looking forward to a night of dancing and great music with The Ohio Players," said Shannon Redmond, regional vice president of marketing for the casino. "They’re such a legendary band and we can’t wait to have them in our Event Center."

In the 1970s, the Ohio Players landed three consecutive platinum albums: "Skin Tight," "Fire" and "Honey." Over the years, the band has had multiple No. 1 singles on various charts, five of them being R&B singles, including "Fire," "Funky Worm" and "Love Rollercoaster."

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