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Purchased Lives: New…

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The Victory Belles…

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June Under the Moon

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Ringo Deathstarr

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EN MAS’: Carnival and…

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The SAENGER THEATRE welcomes MAZE FEATURING FRANKIE BEVERLY

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13 AND SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14 at 8 pm

Tickets go on sale Friday, October 4 at 11 am

NEW ORLEANS, Oct. 1, 2013 - Maze featuring Frankie Beverly will perform at the Saenger Theatre Friday, Dec. 13 and Saturday, Dec. 14. Tickets go on sale Friday, Oct. 4 at 11 a.m. The Saenger Theatre is proud to welcome Maze featuring Frankie Beverly back to the stage where they recorded their iconic live album, Live in New Orleans, in 1980. 

Maze featuring Frankie Beverly has roots in Philadelphia and the San Francisco Bay area, but they have always considered New Orleans a home base.  Beverly has credited New Orleans for the Gold status of their first album, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, released in 1977.  He has said that the majority of copies were sold in Louisiana and the greater New Orleans area.

With the relationship with New Orleans firmly established, Maze decided to record their first live album at the Saenger Theatre in 1980.  Live in New Orleans went Gold and reached #3 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart and #34 on the Billboard 200 chart. The album's popularity crossed over into critical acclaim; Ron Wynn of the All Music Guide calls the record, "a superb live album, one of the finest soul/funk concert dates ever released."

"The connection between Maze and New Orleans is so strong that when I was little, I thought that Maze and Frankie Beverly were from New Orleans. I was a little girl when the Live in New Orleans album came out, and my dad bought it. Everyone had it and was listening to it. It was a huge deal. Still is," said DJ Soul Sister, host of WWOZ Radio's "Soul Power" show.

Live in New Orleans cemented Maze and Frankie Beverly's already-rock solid love affair with New Orleans, and shared it for the entire world to see.  

History:
Frankie Beverly was born and raised in the musical city of Philadelphia, and began singing as a child in church.  His idol, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, persuaded him to follow in their footsteps.  Other influences in his life include James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, and the late Sam Cooke.

As a teenager, Frankie Beverly formed a group called The Butlers.  They were so young they had to get notes from their parents to perform in local nightclubs.  As he grew older he changed the group's name to Frankie Beverly's Raw Soul.  Two members of that group are with him today: McKinley Williams, who plays percussions and sings background, and Roame who plays congas and sings background.

When Frankie relocated from his hometown of Philadelphia to the San Francisco-Oakland area their popularity took off.  The group caught the attention of Marvin Gaye, who recognized talent immediately and took the group on the road as his opening act.  With the encouragement of Marvin Gaye to change the name of the band, one of the original members, Roame, came up with the name Maze.

Maze featuring Frankie Beverly arrived on the scene in 1977 with hit singles Happy Feelings, Lady of Magic, While I'm Alone and Workin Together.  A string of hits followed, best-selling albums, Golden Time of Day (1981), Joy and Pain (1980), Live in New Orleans (1981), We Are One (1983), Can't Stop the Love (1985) and Live in Los Angeles (1986), all recorded for Capitol Records. 

After a string of gold and platinum albums, the group signed with Warner Brothers in 1989, and a new era was launched for Frankie Beverly and Maze.  What followed were two more chart making gold albums - Silly Soul and Back to Basics.   In 1995, Anthology was born, a rebirth with fifteen of the groups' twenty two chart hits, plus five prime albums cuts.  In 2004 a collaboration of Maze featuring Frankie Beverly greatest hits was born.

While many other groups have come and gone, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly has emerged as the era's most consistently popular R&B band.  The group still performs all of its soul classics in concerts today. The band continues touring both in North America and Europe.

The original members are:  Frankie Beverly (leader and lead vocalist), McKinley "Bug" Williams (Percussions & Background vocals) and Roame (Congas & background vocals).  The others members are: Larry Kimpel (Bass guitar), John "Jubu" Smith (Lead guitar & background vocals), Carl Wheeler (Keyboards & background vocals), Vance Taylor (Keyboards), Calvin Napper (Drummer).

Tickets for Maze featuring Frankie Beverly ($39.75 - $99.75) go on sale Friday, October 4 at 11 a.m. at the Saenger Theatre box office, ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.  All tickets subject to applicable service charges and fees.

For more information, please visit mazemuze.com and saengernola.com. Or connect with us on Facebook (facebook.com/SaengerNOLA) and Twitter (@SaengerNOLA).

About The Saenger Theatre:
Originally built in 1927, the Saenger Theatre was designed to reflect a magnificent 15th century Italian courtyard and gardens, with a starlit evening sky ceiling, arched surroundings, statuary, columns and decorative moldings. In January 2012, the City of New Orleans, Canal Street Development Corporation (CSDC) and ACE Theatrical Group formed a public-private partnership to carry out a $52 million restoration project after the iconic theatre was severely damaged during Hurricane Katrina. The Saenger Theatre will reopen in fall 2013, authentically restored to the finest level of detail, with state-of-the-art technological improvements and updated first-class amenities. The theatre will host a wide variety of performing arts attractions including live theater, comedy shows and musical acts. The Saenger Theatre is located at the corner of Canal and North Rampart streets in downtown New Orleans and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Visit http://www.saengernola.com/ for more information