Freestyle at the Fox Theater Featuring Stevie B

May 11, 2018 • 8:00 pm
Doors Open: 7:00 pm • Ticket Price: $40 / $55 / $70 / $85

Stevie B

Singer, songwriter and producer Stevie B. was among the leading lights of the Miami dance music scene of the late 1980s, later reaching the top of the pop charts with the megahit “Because I Love You (The Postman Song).” A native of South Florida, he worked a variety of dead-end jobs ranging from car wash attendant to fast food server before scoring his debut hit with 1987’s “Party Your Body” which grew from a regional success to national club smash; it was also the title track of his 1988 debut LP, which went gold with the huge success ‘Spring Love’. With 1989’s In My Eyes, Stevie B. launched his first Top 40 hit, “I Wanna Be the One” its follow-up, “Love Me for Life,” soon cracked the Top 30. With 1990’s “Because I Love You,” he reached the pinnacle of his success, with the single’s accompanying album Love and Emotion also generating a pair of Top 20 hits, “I’ll Be by Your Side” and the title cut. However, with the subsequent rise of alternative rock, Stevie B.’s light dance-pop sound lost much of its mainstream appeal, and he never again recaptured his previous success, with records including 1992’s Healing and 1996’s Waiting for Your Love appearing to little notice. The Best of Stevie B. followed in 1998

 

Lighter Shade Of Brown

LSOB was formed in 1990 by One Dope Mexican (Robert Gutierrez) and Don’t Try To Xerox (Bobby Ramirez). They recorded demos and landed a record deal soon after with a small independent label, Quality/Pump records. Their debut album, 1990’s “Brown and Proud,” brought the group Top 40 single in the U.S. with “On A Sunday Afternoon,” peaked at #39 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song also went to #1 for 2 weeks in New Zealand.

 

The duo provided songs for movies such as Mi Vida Loca, Bulletproof and I Like It Like That following the release of their second LP, 1992’s ‘”Hip Hop Locos”. Mercury Records siged the group and releasing their third disc, Layin’ in the Cut, in 1994. The record peaked at #184 on the Billboard200 albums chart.

 

Their self-titled fourth album in 1997, featured guest appearances from Rappin’ 4-Tay and Dwayne Wiggins of Tony! Toni! Toné!. Singles off this album were “Do You Wanna Ride” & “Whatever You Want”.

 

In 1999, their 2nd and final album off Greenside Records entitled “If You Could See Inside Me” was released featuring Frost, N2Deep and Baby Bash also containing the single “Sunny Day”.

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Timmy T

American pop singer and producer, born on September 21, 1967 in Fresno, California. He is best known for his 1991 Billboard Hot 100 #1 single “One More Try.”

 

Timmy T started out in the 1980s in small rap groups in Fresno, but felt that he would rather do dance music. He purchased a Moog synthesizer and a Roland TR-808 drum machine at a pawn shop, and recorded his first single, “Time After Time,” in his garage. He delivered copies to a Fresno radio station and asked them to play his single. After the DJ played the song, there were many calls requesting who was performing that song. The DJ recommended that Timmy T take his record to radio stations in Los Angeles for more exposure. After Los Angeles pop station Power 106 played the record, it received airplay from several more stations throughout the country including Hot 97 in New York. Timmy got a record deal with Quality Records, and “Time After Time” went on to peak at #40 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. He released another single at the end of 1990, “One More Try,” which proved to be much more successful than his first single, selling over a million copies and climbing its way to the top of the Billboard charts the next year.

 

He recorded his first album Time After Time, featuring the title track (his first single), “What Will I Do,” “One More Try,” and “Over and Over.” None of the singles from his second album, All For Love, reached the charts however his song “Over You” was featured in the motion picture “The Raffle” in the company of Elton John.