WILMINGTON — Flashback to the yacht rock of America and the disco glory of no one other than Gloria Gaynor: Wilson Center has announced two new shows coming to Wilmington in fall 2021. From the sounds of “Ventura Highway” to “I Will Survive,” folks will be able to scoop tickets this week, as concerts go on sale online for Cape Fear Stage Members beginning at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 7, and then for the general public on Friday, July 9, at 10 a.m.
Born in Newark, NJ, Gaynor’s soul and funk permeated clubs up and down the East Coast in the ’70s, as she signed with Columbia records in 1973 to begin her major-label recording career. Gaynor has released a discography 18 albums deep and garnered her first Grammy Award for her 1978 track “I Will Survive.” It went on to win Best Disco Recording in 1980.
In 2019, Gaynor released another Grammy-awarding winning album, “Testimony,” recognized as Best Roots Gospel Album in 2020.
Gaynor hasn’t slowed down in four decades and continues touring, often making 150 stops a year. She will be at Wilson Center on Saturday, Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $34.44.
Formed in London in 1970, Dewey Bunnell, Dan Peek, and Gerry Beckley became America the band, known most for their soft, folk-rock sounds of the Crosby, Stills and Nash ilk.
America won the Grammy in 1973 as Best New Artist (they were also nominated for Best Pop Vocal Group).
The band has released more than two dozen albums, including both compilations and live recordings. Currently, Beckley and Bunnell continue to hit the road, often doing 100 shows a year. Their last album, “Lost & Found,” was released in 2015.
America will stop at the Wilson Center on Saturday, Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $53.45.
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