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Monday, January 19, 2009

Charlie DeChant/Larry Hoppen in concert 2/7


That '70s sound: It's still the one
Debbie Manis Sentinel Staff Writer
January 19, 2009

Larry Hoppen, one of the original members of the 1970s rock group Orleans, and Charlie DeChant, who performed with the duo Hall & Oates, will perform together with Hoppen's band, the Allstars, on Feb. 7 in the Mount Dora Community Building.Orleans, whose hit songs include "Still the One" and "Dance With Me," was formed in Woodstock, N.Y., in February 1972 by guitarist-songwriter John Hall, vocalist-guitarist Hoppen and drummer-percussionist Wells Kelly.Later that year the group expanded to include Larry's younger brother, Lance, on bass. Drummer Jerry Marotta later joined the group. Through the years, some band members left and new ones joined. Larry and Lance, along with their youngest brother, Lane, continue to tour with Orleans.DeChant, whose saxophone echoes on Hall and Oates' hit song "Maneater," joined Hall & Oates in 1976 and toured with them through 1986. He rejoined the duo in 1990 and also played the saxophone on Hall's solo album in 1993.
Other members of the Allstars include Lane Hoppen, Randy Nichols and Barry Dunaway, who played with Survivor and the Pat Travers Band.Mickey Carroll, a local resident, is the producer of the event.General admission is $20; VIP admission is $50 and includes a reception with the band following the concert; special Valentine's Day admission is two tickets for $35; and parties of 8 or more are $15 a person.Tickets are available at the Mount Dora Chamber of Commerce, W.T. Bland Public Library, Uncle Al's Time Capsule and First National Bank, all in Mount Dora, or online at motherjconcerts.com.