Orleans performs concerts with openers Paul Barrere & Fred Tackett of Little Feat.
Orleans first rehearsed in John Hall’s basement in Saugerties, NY, with other members living in and around Woodstock. Once managed by the famed Cavallo and Ruffalo agency in Los Angeles, along with Little Feat, Weather Report, Earth Wind and Fire, the Emotions, John Sebastian and Prince, Orleans did many concerts with Feat. The John Hall Band opened on their WAITING FOR COLUMBUS tour. Lowell George and Paul Barrere asked John to play on Paul’s song “All That You Dream,” John took over production from Lowell on Bonnie Raitt’s third album (TAKIN’ MY TIME). Orleans and Feat toured together quite a bit, and now this intertwining tale continues with Paul and Fred opening for Orleans. Rumors of jam sessions at this show just might come true.
Orleans went from club and college funk in the Northeast to worldwide acclaim with their top ten singles “Still the One,” Dance With Me,” and “Love Takes Time.” Little Feat took a decidedly offbeat direction, crafting albums full of quirky, mystical lyrics set to exotic grooves. “Dixie Chicken,” “Willin’,” “Sailin’ Shoes, “Rock and Roll Doctor” are among their classics. Today if you ask musicians to play a “Little Feat” groove, they know what you mean.
Now entering it’s 43rd year of live performances, Orleans has produced a body of work spanning 16 albums and several DVDs. The band’s music is still being heard on national radio and TV.
After four years (2007-2010) as the US Congressman in New York State’s 19th district (which includes the Hudson Valley), John Hall reunited with the band in 2012 after the sudden passing of co-founder of Larry Hoppen. Co-founder/brother Lance Hoppen (vocals, bass, guitar), along with long-standing members keyboardist Lane Hoppen, guitarist Fly Amero and drummer Peter O’Brien have been integral members of Orleans in the new millennium.
Orleans – Still the One live at American Music Theatre, Lancaster, PA 1-30-15 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDy4mE84KgU