The O’Jays are rolling into The Villages, and the concert will support a special group of students in Lake County.
The hall of fame singing group is scheduled to perform at 7pm Saturday, March 16, at the Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center, 1051 Main St., The Villages. Tickets cost $46-$149 and can be purchased at getoffthebusconcerts.com, thesharon.com, or by calling 352.753.3229. Meet-and-greet tickets cost $100.
The show is in support of Lake Hills School in Howey-in-the-Hills and presented by Get Off the Bus Concerts.
Lake Hills is a special needs school with a 94,300-square-foot state-of-the-art facility built to accommodate the educational needs of many Lake students, according to its website. The mission of Lake Hills School is to provide students with high-quality learning opportunities and functional skills instruction, enabling each student to reach the highest level of achievement and to contribute to their community.
The O’Jays lineup includes original lead singers Eddie Levert Sr. and Walter Williams Sr., along with Eric Nolan Grant, who joined the group in 1995.
The O’Jays have achieved 10 gold albums, nine platinum albums, and 10 No. 1 hits, including “Love Train,” a news release states. The group was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, both in 2005, and the Official R&B Music Hall of Fame in 2013. The group’s songs often can be heard in movies, commercials, and TV shows.
As part of the “The Sound of Philadelphia” in the 1970s, the O’Jays scored their first No. 1 and million-seller, “Backstabbers.” Subsequently, they succeeded with chart-topping pop and R&B singles including “Put Your Hands Together,” “For the Love of Money,” “I Love Music,” “Darlin’ Darlin’ Baby (Sweet, Tender, Love),” “Livin’ for the Weekend,” and “Use Ta Be My Girl.”