Since 1968, Blood Sweat & Tears, a musical institution, has left an indelible mark on the American music scene. One of the greatest horn bands in the history of popular music, BS&T’s alumni roster reads like a Who’s Who of the world’s greatest jazz and rock musicians.
As BS&T has evolved through the years, it has maintained its commitment to high standards by including in its current roster the most talented musicians available. Starting out in Greenwich Village in New York, the band won worldwide acclaim, becoming the first in many categories: first band to tour behind the Iron Curtain, first band to have three hit singles from the same record, first band to combine rock with jazz, and of course, Sunday night Woodstock, yes, the real Woodstock.
Racking up sales in the millions, BS&T earned multiple gold albums, ten Grammy nominations, and won three Grammy Awards, including the most prestigious of them all, Album of the Year. A band with a social conscious, BS&T teamed up with the Berklee College of Music in Boston to form the Elsie Monica Colomby music scholarship award. This is a lifetime scholarship awarded yearly at the college to deserving students to help with some of their daily expenses. BS&T helps other communities, as they did after the devastation caused by hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in 2005, when BS&T donated money to replace musical instruments and had the entire high school marching band join them on stage for a jam session—a night those kids and some very proud parents will never forget. Through there have been many changes in the band’s lineup over the years, BS&T continues its tradition of finding and showcasing the brightest talent around the world. Whether playing their greatest hits, or new arrangements of classic songs, the band provides a night you will never forget.
At all the band’s performances, the musicians are available to answer any questions, to sign autographs, and to talk to young people about the joy and importance of having found music in their lives. As BS&T’s long-standing audiences bring their children to the band’s performances, a new generation joins an existing wide demographic of loyal fans. BS&T concerts have brought record attendance and sold out shows throughout the world. Blood Sweat & Tears has once again proven that great musicians produce great music, the main reason the band is in such high demand.
Blood, Sweat & Tears will appear at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, March 19, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Chuck Negron, former lead singer of Three Dog Night will also appear with BS&T. The world was introduced to Chuck Negron and Three Dog Night in 1969 by the breakthrough million seller “One.” Driven by Chuck Negron’s solo lead vocals on four million selling singles, three #1 records, (one which topped the charts for six weeks, “Joy To The World,”) five top five hits and seven top 40 hits, Negron put and kept Three Dog Night on the charts for six years. Negron’s unmistakable voice exclaiming “Jeremiah Was A Bullfrog” on the multi-Grammy nominated and 1971 Record Of The Year, “Joy To The World” is today a part of Americana, securing a place for Chuck Negron as one of the great singers in rock and pop.
Tickets are $45 and are now on sale at the Center box office at 1028 Georgia Road in Franklin, at Dalton’s Christian Bookstore in Franklin and Waynesville, and online at www.GreatMountainMusic.com, or call (866)273.4615.