POUGHKEEPSIE - Karma Entertainment of Poughkeepsie, NY is promoting a concert featuring the original O’jays at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center September 21, 2013 for a live performance. Partial proceeds will go to assist The Poughkeepsie YouthBuild program. This would be the biggest R&B act to hit Poughkeepsie since Diana Ross came to the Bardavon Theatre.
The O’jays featuring the great Eddie Lavert, Walter Williams and Eric Grant are filling theatres across the country. These holders of seven top twenty singles including "Love Train", "Put Your Hands Together" and "I Love Music", as well as eight top twenty albums, five gold singles and three gold albums are coming to Poughkeepsie for their only performance in New York State this year!
Karma was able to land the O’jays by pursuing them while on tour by contacting their Road Manager and by making contact with Karmas main agency Universal Attractions in New York City.
"It was a difficult journey just getting through," says Will Patterson, lead promoter of the event. "It was easy for them to accept my offer to come here to Poughkeepsie once I made contact. I have done several major shows at the Civic Center including Neyo, Freddie Jackson and Jagged Edge as well as 3 plays. One starring the great Billy Dee Williams and one starring Eddie Lavert’s son Gerald just one month before he tragically passed away. That was part of my motivation for wanting them to come here."