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Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Donnie Iris & the Cruisers Returning to Kent Stage in August

Posted By on Tue, Jul 6, 2021 at 11:36 AM

click to enlarge Donnie Iris & the Cruisers. - COURTESY OF THE KENT STAGE
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Based in Pittsburgh but hugely popular in Northeast Ohio, classic rockers Donnie Iris & the Cruisers will return to the Kent Stage on Aug. 14.

Iris found his early success while performing with The Jaggerz and Wild Cherry, which had a massive hit with the single “Play that Funky Music.” Iris released his first album, Back on the Streets, in 1980 through Cleveland-based Midwest Records. Thanks to the track "Ah! Leah!" receiving airplay, MCA Records took notice and signed Iris to a five album deal before re-releasing the album.

Since then Donnie Iris & the Cruisers have gone through lineup changes but have soldiered on, releasing 11 studio albums, one EP, two live albums and two compilation albums.

Tickets to the Donnie Iris & the Cruisers show at the Kent Stage go on sale at 10 a.m. on Thursday.

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