Hall and Oates Set to Shine at Stage AE; Exciting Day at The Meadows Racetrack and Casino (CPs Sat., 5/2/15)

1) Hall and Oates—the blue-eyed soul group that rose out of Philly in the 1970’s—is bringing their stellar harmonies to Stage AE. Billboard Magazine named the group, composed of Daryl Hall (lead vocals, piano, multi-instrumentalist) and John Oates (vocals, lead guitar), as the most successful duo of the rock era.  Six No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100: “Rich Girl”, “Kiss on My List”, “Private Eyes”, “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)”, “Maneater”, and “Out of Touch” figured heavy into that accolade. Oates and Hall met while they were both students at Temple University. Although in separate bands at the time, they joined together. They achieved Platinum sales status with only their second  album Abandoned Luncheonette which contained the hit “She’s Gone.” 1975’s Daryl Hall and John Oates generated the major hit “Sara Smile” and “Camellia.”

Hall and Oates rode the turbulent, changing musical tides of the late 70’s and early 80’s with a string of hits. As new wave genre took hold they incorporated some of those new sounds into their songs while still maintaining their soul underpinnings. They are a very popular act and SOLD OUT Stage AE on their last visit here and for this current show. Many people may know of Daryl Hall from his TV show “Live From Daryl’s House.” Mutlu opens. Doors Open at 6:30 p.m. 400 North Shore Dr., North Side.

2) There’s a great sister act happening at The Meadows Racetrack and Casino tonight, The Joseph Sisters. Marybeth, Jamie and Shalya create a fresh, full country soul sound with great harmonies and a lively beat. Show time is still to be determined.

It will be a very happening day at The Meadows as it’s Kentucky Derby Race Day (6:45 p.m.) and the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight (9 p.m.). Catch all this action at 210 Racetrack Rd., Washington, PA.

In "The Whale," a man grown too large (F.J. Hartland) has a visitor (Dana Hardy) who senses the heart within.

In “The Whale,” a man grown too large (F.J. Hartland) has a visitor (Dana Hardy) who senses the heart within. photo: Heather Mull.

3) Samuel D. Hunter is being hailed as one of America’s best new playwrights. Last year he received a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant”—the award that goes to people doing eye-opening and potentially game-changing work in various fields—and now off the WALL Productions is staging Hunter’s The Whale. This is not a remake of Moby-Dick, though it features a man as bizarrely obsessed as Ahab. Charlie, the central character, is eating himself to death. He has gotten to the point where he can barely move. Beached in his apartment, he’s trying to find redemption for the life that has led him to this end while being visited, like Job, by people who come to comfort or accuse him. Off the WALL’s Pittsburgh premiere of The Whale has F.J. Hartland as Charlie. 8 p.m. Through May 9. 25 W. Main St., Carnegie.


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