Two 70s rock bands scheduled for summer shows at FMUPAC | Local News


FLORENCE, SC — The Center for the Performing Arts at Francis Marion University is hosting two musical powerhouses, Orleans and The Fabulous Thunderbirds, for a pair of summer concerts on Friday nights.

Orléans will perform at FMUPAC on July 15, followed by The Fabulous Thunderbirds on August 19.

Tickets for both shows go on sale Monday at noon.

Orleans is best known as the pop/rock band behind classic ’70s hits ‘Still The One’, ‘Dance With Me’ and ‘Love Takes Time’. In its 49th year, Orléans has produced a body of work that spans over 16 albums.

The band continues to be in high demand for live performances. Co-founders Lance Hoppen and John Hall, along with longtime member Lane Hoppen and newcomers Brady Spencer and Tom Lane, deliver Orleans music with power, class and integrity to audiences around the world.

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Hall, whose songs have been recorded by Janis Joplin, Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Chet Atkins, Bobby McFerrin and more, released a new solo album, “Reclaiming My Time,” in May 2021.

The Fabulous Thunderbirds have presented themselves as the quintessential American band for over three decades. The band’s distinctive and powerful sound, influenced by a diversity of musical styles, results in a unique musical hybrid that includes “Tuff Enuff” and “Wrap It Up.”

Kim Wilson, the only original member, is still the Thunderbirds’ spearhead.

The Thunderbirds were formed in 1974 when Wilson met Jimmie Vaughan during a trip to the then-burgeoning music scene in Austin, Texas. The band developed a reputation as a compelling live act and later signed a recording contract with CBS/Epic Records.

The Thunderbirds continue to tour extensively in the United States and Europe.

The Thunderbirds have become famous for their impressive musical sense and devotion to the sounds of blues, R&B and rock ‘n roll.

To reserve tickets for either performance, visit the PAC website at, call (843) 661-4444 or the PAC box office at 201 S. Dargan St. from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Virginia F. Goins