Orleans
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Orleans

Nashville, Tennessee, United States | Established. Jan 01, 1972 | INDIE | AFTRA

Nashville, Tennessee, United States | INDIE | AFTRA
Established on Jan, 1972
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"Promoter testimonial"

Mr. Larry Hoppen
re: Amelia Island concert

Dear Larry,

I just wanted to write this letter to thank you for the concert you put on for the Tax Section of the Florida Bar at Amelia Island. It was fantastic!

Not only did the performers put on a performance that had the entire room standing and dancing for the entire show, but they spent over three hours with us at the cocktail reception signing autographs and telling us great band stories that we will never forget. There wasn't a single musician who acted haughty or like a prima donna; they were all extremely friendly and open.

I have gotten countless calls, emails and memos from various attendees thanking me again for what a great show it was. This is the first time in twenty years that I have gotten anybody to say "great show".

Thanks again, and we will be seeing you soon.

Sincerely yours,
Dominick R. Lioce
- Dominick Lioce, Florida Bar Assoc.


"Promoter testimonial"

Dear Andy [Broady, manager],

Over the years, The Ridgefield Playhouse has played host to a variety of musical acts. In recent history, Orleans was one of the most professional and fan-friendly groups that has come through our doors. While the band’s impressive on-stage chemistry excited the crowd and made for a memorable performance, their genuine interactions at the meet-and-greet resulted in complimentary phone calls the following day. Watching the band was like watching friends getting on stage to play their old favorite tunes together — it gave the crowd an opportunity to feel more connected to the performance.

Orleans is a well-managed and modest act that has clearly mastered the art of putting on concerts. Thirty years and still having fun indeed.

Best,
Allison Stockel
The Ridgefield Playhouse - Alison Stockel, Executive Director, Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT


"Promoter testimonial"

"Although it kept raining, the alumni appreciated your performance which kept the great spirit alive in the McCann Center field house! The Orleans show was outstanding, quite the treat!"

Robert J. Lynch
Director of Student Activities
Marist College
Poughkeepsie, NY - Robert J. Lynch, Director of Student Activities, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY


"Promoter testimonial"

September 27, 2006
Mr. Larry Hoppen
ORLEANS
135 N. Elliott Ave.
Sanford FL 32771

Dear Larry:

GREAT SHOW! Orleans was the perfect choice for our fundraising party on
September 23rd. Your showmanship, great songs, enthusiasm, energy and talent
brought our crowd to their feet. The energy and vibe in the room was simply fantastic.

The memory that sticks in my mind was the joyous packed dance floor during “Dance With Me.” What a great moment, as I saw dozens of our best donors out on the floor enjoying themselves and celebrating their relationship with our Chapter. The lead sponsors have already committed for next year.

Anyone looking for pure professional entertainment should surely consider
ORLEANS. You’re still the one!

Sincerely,
Ken Williams
CEO
120 Saturn Drive
Fort Collins, CO 80512
970-226-5728 - KenWilliams, CEO Centennial Chapter, American Red Cross


"Promoter testimonial"

".......in brief, we had a blast! You all were just fabulous, professional, entertaining and wonderful. All of my shows should be so easy."

Lynn P. Executive Director
Stowe Performing Arts Stowe, VT - Lynn P. - Executive Director, Stowe Performing Arts, Stowe, VT


"Promoter testimonial"

"Thank you not only for a great concert, but for your energy and good humor the entire weekend. It was an honor for writers in the S.A.S.S. program to share the Markham Theatre stage with Orleans! I could not have been happier with the way everything turned out.”

Artemis Chartier
Co-Founder
School Alliance of Student Songwriters
Toronto, Canada - Artemis Chartier, Co-Founder School Alliance of Student Songwriters, Toronto, Canada


Discography

1973 - Orleans
1974 - Orleans 2
1975 - Let There Be Music (inc. Dance With Me)
1976 - Waking & Dreaming (inc. Still the One)
1979 - Forever - (inc. Love Takes Time)
1980 - Orleans
1982 - One of a Kind
1985 - Grown Up Children
1990 - Live: Volume 1
1994 - Analog Men
1996 - Ride
1997 - Best of Orleans
2002 - Still the One LIVE: 30th Anniversary Retrospective
2005 - Dancin' in the Moonlight
2007 - We're Still Havin' Fun
2008 - We're Still Havin' Fun DVD
2008 - Obscurities
2009 - Official History & Music of Orleans DVD
2010 - 75 Live: Harvard Square Theatre
2010 - Dancin' in St. Thomas Moonlight DVD/CD

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Bio

Orleans - 70s Pop/Rock icons "still havin' fun" 47+ years later!

SHORT BIO

Orleans is best known as the Pop/Rock band that brought you the classic 70s hits Still The One, Dance With Me and Love Takes Time. Now in its 47th year, Orleans has produced a body of work spanning 16+ albums and 4 DVDs. The band continues to be in great demand for live performances, as they have been for over 4 decades. Co-founders Lance Hoppen and John Hall, along with long-standing members Lane Hoppen, Fly Amero and newcomer Brady Spencer deliver Orleans' music with power, class and integrity to appreciative audiences everywhere.

LONG BIO (continued from Short Bio)

Orleans began as a trio in 1972 in Woodstock NY. Guitarist John Hall, drummer Wells Kelly and multi-instrumentalist Larry Hoppen played tirelessly all over the Northeast / East Coast Corridor for 9 months before adding Lance Hoppen (Larry's younger brother) fresh out of high school on bass to form the quartet that would record its debut LP in 1973 at the legendary Muscle Shoals Studio.

During the rest of the '70s Orleans released 4 more albums, which included the megahits Dance With Me, Still The One and Love Takes Time. While touring with artists such as Jackson Browne, Little Feat, Bonnie Raitt, Chicago and many others, they expanded their fan base by showcasing many strengths, going well beyond the radio hits.

One of their signatures was and still is harmony guitars, with 2 serious players seamlessly trading rhythm and lead between them. Larry and John were, for most of the band's career, those players. Another signature has always been the group's vocal harmonies and sound, including Larry's soaring tenor, the voice of the radio hits.

When John left for a solo stint in '77, Orleans found Dennis "Fly" Amero; a lefty, upside-down Strat player, who took over for several years.

After Wells Kelly passed in Oct. '84, Larry, Lance and John played at his Memorial event, then decided to work together as Orleans again. From 1985 - 2006 (when John was elected to the US Congress) the group always included the 3 surviving original members, releasing another 8 albums of new material.

In 2000 the band added 3rd brother Lane Hoppen as a permanent member. Shortly after, Charlie Morgan (drummer with Elton John for 13 years) joined the group.

Early in 2006, as John began his election campaign, Fly was asked back by the band, roughly 25 years after his "first term", and a smooth transition ensued. Besides being a great guitarist/singer/songwriter with a strong blues/R&B soulful tilt, Fly is great with a crowd and has a Gold Record for comedic parody music.

In 2012, Orleans suffered another tragedy - the sudden passing of Larry Hoppen. Despite this, the decision was made to somehow perform the remaining shows of the year's calendar. Lance, Lane, Fly and Charlie were rejoined by co-founder John Hall in order to finish with dignity and integrity what had been started 40 years earlier.

But that was not to be the end. In 2013, Orleans joined Christopher Cross, Firefall and several other contemporaries, playing their own set of hits and being the "back up band" to all 7 acts on the Sail Rock Tour.

In 2014, Orleans  released a double-disc of their best work, entitled No More Than You Can Handle: a 40-year journey. The compilation included a few brand new songs, with the title cut released to radio as Orleans' first "single" in many years.

In 2015, the band's schedule included live shows with Paul Barrere & Fred Tackett of Little Feat as well as Rock of the 70s shows with The Guess Who, Firefall, Al Stewart and others.  2016 - 2019 have seen more and more live dates, including the band's first Rock'n' Roll cruise!

After 18 years, Charlie Morgan moved on and was replaced by Nashville drummer, Brady Spencer, in May of 2018.

And the journey continues ...

For much more on this classic American band, visit www.OrleansOnline.com

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