Men At Large, The Rude Boys - 2/20/19Wednesday, February 20 2019 6pm Doors / 8pm Start
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Men At Large, The Rude Boys - 2/20/19
at City Winery Washington DC
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- Bar Stool
Men At Large discovered by the late great Gerald Levert are the last of a dying breed! In 1992 Men At Large shocked the world with its self titled debut on the Atlantic Records label. Their first single "Use Me" became an instant radio hit inspiring B.E.T, to use it for a station jingle.They would go on to release 4 more singles from the cd. "You Me", "Umm Umm Good", "Would You Like to Dance", and the RnB Classic "So Alone" which made Billboard Hot 100 list and was radio's #1 song of the year in 1993. Traveling the world with its other 90's cohorts (Rude Boys, Shai, Silk, H-Town, Levert, S.W.V. etc) they would leave each city with the reputation of being the "Show Stoppers!"
It didn't stop there in 1994 they released "One Size Fits All" again garnering critical acclaim. Releasing 2 singles "Let's Talk About It" and "Holiday" top 10 and 20 respectively they continued to shock the world town by town. Being bred by Eddie and Gerald Levert gave these 2 an obvious advantage. As time moved on the duo would sever ties with the Levert camp only to find the next chapters not as plentiful as the beginning. Still riding off the success of its first 2 records the boys would continue to ride the rails of success as the people just couldn't get enough of the boys. In 1999 and 2007 they released "Love Struggle and Progress" and "Back on Top" doing mediocre numbers but plentiful on an independent level winning best group awards and independent video of the year nominations, only to lose to the great Kenny Rogers. The group still tours extensively around the country with their 90s music peers leaving the crowd amazed and wanting more. Their powerful vocals and zany stage antics keep the fans applauding. Bred from the Levert pedigree what else would you expect! They're also part of an incredible new project that features Silk, Troop, and J. Holiday! "Growth of a Man Inspired by Her" is an album with songs all dedicated to the ladies. The proceeds from the project all go to the G.E.M.S. and A.E.R. foundations whos sole objective is to creative greater educational opportunities for inner city youths! The first single "Date Night"is an ode to traditional RnB and the way relationships used to be created by dating and getting to know one another. Men at Large is leading the pack with this one. Their smooth vocals and infectious melodies will make the world sing and help them remember why Men at Large are truly the "Heavyweight Champs of RnB"!
A 90s R&B vocal group from Cleveland, Ohio, Joe N Little III, Edward Lee Banks, Larry Marcus and Melvin Sephus were discovered by Gerald Levert. Their 1990 LP, Rude Awakening, included the single "Written All Over Your Face", which made it to #1 on the Billboard R&B charts and #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It also won 1991 Billboard Award for R&B Single of the Year. "Are You Lonely for Me" also reached #1 on Billboard's R&B charts.
Riding on the success of their two laid-back number one singles from their debut release, the boys followed up with Rude House in 1992, the first single being "My Kinda Girl". Falling short of the number one ranking, the single peaked at number two after 18 weeks on the Billboard R&B chart, and the next single to be released, "Go Ahead and Cry", peaked at number 43 on the Billboard R&B chart.
Staying under Gerald LeVert's tutelage, Little went on to do a solo album up under Atlantic Records entitled Puttin' It Down in 1994. Little also went on to team up with LeVert as a writing team on multiple occasions, writing and producing for Levert's solo projects and on other notable artist such as The O'Jays, Temptations, Keith Sweat, LSG, and stable mates Men at Large, where LeVert, Little, Nicholas and Banks teamed up to write and produce "So Alone," which peaked at No. 5 spot on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip Hop Chart and No. 31 Billboard's Hot 100.
After being on hiatus for nearly a decade, the group reunited again after Gerald LeVert died due to an accidental overdose of over-the-counter and prescription drugs in November 2006. The talks started after they performed at their mentor's funeral. All four original members performed. Larry Marcus later died in October 2016.
Throughout their career, The Rude Boys appeared on Soul Train, Showtime at the Apollo, The Arsenio Hall Show, and Party Machine.This event is part of the Smithsonian Year of Music. For more information, please visit https://music.si.edu/