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Valentine’s Love Jam
February 14, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
U.S. Bank Arena$39.00 – $125.00
Photo credit: U.S. Bank Arena Website
5 Reasons to attend the 2019 Cincinnati Valentine’s Love Jam – 112, Avant, Dru Hill, Next, and Tyrese.
It’s never to late too begin making plans for your boo. For Valentine’s Day, the real kings of R&B will be in town. Grab your tickets to the Cincinnati Valentine’s Love Jam featuring Tyrese, Avant, Dru Hill, 112, and Next.
Groupon has discount tickets for $34 available for purchase online. Get them while they last!
Convenient parking is available at either the East Garage, located at 443 East Pete Rose Way, or the Central Riverfront Garage, located at 149 Broadway Street. Arrive early to secure your parking space so that you are not late for the concert.
Tyrese Gibson wears many hats, musician, author, actor, and now music executive. With the formation of Voltron Recordz, a full service record label distributed thought EMI Music Services, Tyrese takes control of his musical destiny.
Claiming ownership of his destiny, Tyrese’s unrelenting drive and talent have gained him accomplishments and honors generally reserved for venerated entertainment icons twice his age. Not content as just another famed‘ Hollywood triple threat,’ Gibson reinvented the entire concept, yielding a strong presence in over six separate genres.
Hailed as the “new voice of ghetto soul” and the first act signed to basketball great Magic Johnson’s Magic Johnson Music, Cleveland native Avant (born Myron Avant) debuted in 1998 with the song “Separated,” released on Payton Entertainment — the label operated by his manager, Eric Payton.
The single received airplay on top-rated Chicago radio station WGCI prior to being selected for inclusion on the 1999 MCA compilation Summer Heat. This set the stage for the May 2000 release of Avant’s debut album, My Thoughts, released on Johnson’s MJM label via MCA. A couple months later, “Separated” — aided by regular play on BET and The Box — topped the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. A cover of René & Angela’s 1983 classic “My First Love,” featuring KeKe Wyatt, reached the Top Five and helped increase My Thoughts’ popularity with lovers of sophisticated R&B.
About Dru Hill
Founded in 1992 as “14K Harmony,” the group, discovered by manager Kevin Peck, evolved to become “Dru Hill” in 1996, engraving itself into the legacy of R&B music and bringing a dynamic sound to the ever-changing industry. Known for hits like “Tell Me,” “In My Bed,” “Never Make a Promise,” and “How Deep Is Your Love,” the group has given the world music for the ages.
As the dynamic quartet gears up to celebrate their 20th Anniversary, it’s clear that they’ve just gotten started. In celebration of their journey thus far, the group has exciting surprises in store for its expanding fan base everywhere. Recording new material and continuously performing at sold-out venues around the globe, Dru Hill continues to solidify its legacy as one of the greatest groups of all time.
Equally rooted in gospel, soul, and hip-hop, 112 were the first and most successful urban vocal group to emerge from Sean “Puffy” Combs’ Bad Boy Records roster. Not only was the group’s eponymous 1996 debut popular, but the group could be heard on records by such Bad Boy artists as Mase and the Notorious B.I.G. Unlike most artists on Bad Boy, 112’s image was clean, pure, and wholesome (initially, at least), which helped the group cross over to a more mainstream audience. The four members of 112 — Marvin, Daron, Q, and Mike — met each other while attending high school in Atlanta, Georgia. The quartet began to play talent shows at school and local churches, eventually gaining the attention of Courtney Sills and Kevin Wales, who soon became the group’s managers. Sills and Wales brought 112 to the attention of Sean “Puffy” Combs at Bad Boy Records. Combs signed on as the executive producer of 112’s eponymous debut album, which featured songs the group co-wrote with such professional songwriters as Stevie J, Wayna Morris of Boyz II Men, and Combs himself.
The group was formed in 1992 by Robert “R.L.” Huggar and brothers Terry “T-Low” Brown and Raphael “Tweet” Brown in Minneapolis, Minnesota after being introduced by the Brown’s uncle, a gospel choir director. Originally, they were first known as Straight4ward, and at one point managed by Sounds of Blackness’ Ann Nesby. However, after catching the attention of Naughty by Nature’s KayGee, he took the group to his Arista label Divine Mill, and began work on their debut album.
They released their KayGee-produced debut single “Butta Love” in September 1997, which became a big R&B hit for the group peaking at #4 (and hitting the Top20 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart). Soon after, their debut album, Rated Next was released on September 30, and sold moderately. It was followed in 1998 by the release of their biggest hit to date, “Too Close” which hit #1 on both the R&B and the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Sales of their debut album surged, helping the album peak at #13 R&B and #37 on the Billboard 200, eventually being certified double platinum, and earning them American Music Awards, Billboard Awards and Soul Train Awards nominations.