SOPAC announces rhythm and blues shows in December

From the Orange Sud Performing Arts Center

This month, the public has two opportunities to experience Rhythm & Blues in the SOPAC loft. On December 11, listen to the soft and moving voice of ERIC (Extra Rich In Class). On December 18th, practice with the bassist Blues Mike Griot, his group Blues People and a whole host of special guests.

A Night With ERIC (Extra Rich In Class) and special musical guest MECCA

SAT 11 DEC at 8 p.m.

Tickets: $ 30 to

ERIC (Extra Rich In Class) is the alter ego of Soul man Eric Harris. This dynamic debonair evokes the spirit of artists like Luther Vandross, Bill Withers and Barry White through timeless songs. Singer and pianist, ERIC has been nicknamed “the song of the sensual sirens”. He is known for his Friday night shows at Par 440 in Short Hills.

See ERIC in Action here.

Mike Griot presents

A celebration of the 10 years of the South Orange International Blues Festival

SAT DEC 18 at 8 p.m.

Tickets: $ 25 to

Join the bassist Mike Griot for an evening of world-class Blues talent. Check out Blues People, a blues mega-group starring Kelton Cooper on vocals and guitar, Gene Lake on drums, Victor Burks on keyboards and vocals, and Mike Griot on bass. Special guests include Dave Fields, a NY Blues Hall of Famer and super-guitarist, Michael Hill, a Master blues artist, Eliza Neals, a prolific songwriter, pianist and one-of-a-kind live performer; and Popa Chubby, a guitarist who has been rocking the blues in his fierce and moving way for over 30 years.

This concert is a celebration of the South Orange / South Mountain International Blues Festival, which started at Flood’s Hill in South Orange in 2010, moved to South Mountain Reservation in 2011 and continued to offer live music to fans during the next decade.

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