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Doors open 5PM | Show starts at 6PM

VIP Catered Dinner at 7:30PM

VIP Dinner Ticket Add-on: VIP Dinner Package can be added to any seat while they last for an extra $40. VIP Package includes catered dinner at 7:30PM, private bar, and VIP Empress lounge. Dinner will be Soul Food.

VIP tickets are not seating tickets, these are add-on’s to the reservation tickets. You must purchase a seating ticket below for VIP access.

VIP DINNER ADD-ON

Reserved Seating Options:

Table Seating – Reserved  front row table that seats up to 4 people.

Reserved Seating – Reserved seats in the Orchestra section, Loge Section (just above the mixing console with extra leg room) and the lower and upper balcony section.

NOTE: Only seating in the orchestra and front tables will have access to the dance floor.

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Empress Theatre - Seating Layout with Tables & Dance Floor

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Table Reservation:

Front Row Table $400
4 Seats Per Table ($100 per seat)

TABLE TICKETS

Reserved Seating:

Orchestra: $65 | Loge Section $55 | Lower & Upper Balcony $45

RESERVED SEATING

Event Info

Rose Royce

Rose Royce is a Grammy winning, multi platinum soul and R&B group best known for hit singles during the 1970s including “Car Wash,” “I Wanna Get Next to You,” “I’m Going Down”, “Wishing on a Star”, and “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore”. Formed by trumpeter/vocalist Kenny Copeland, drummer Henry Garner, trumpeter Freddie Dunn, and keyboardist Michael Nash, in the mid 70s, the group first served as a backup band for Edwin Starr, who introduced them to his “War” producer, Norman Whitfield. This led to regular work with many of Whitfield’s other Motown acts, including the Undisputed Truth. A songwriter and producer, Whitfield, known for his work with Motown, produced the soundtrack to the Richard Pryor movie, Car Wash. With its hand-clapping, funky intro, exciting vocals and the band’s great performance, the title track became one of the biggest dance songs ever, leaping to #1 on the pop and soul charts and taking Rose Royce with it. Fortunately, the group turned out to be neither a one-hit-wonder nor just a dance band. Rose Royce’s follow up from the soundtrack, “I Wanna Get Next To You,” was a gorgeous ballad as strong as anything Whitfield had provided to the Temptations, and the performance was again outstanding. Car Wash moved Rose Royce to the head of the R&B pack, and the group capitalized on its position with “In Full Bloom”, the band’s formal debut album (on Norman Whitfield’s own Whitfield Records), which topped the charts and landed the big hit, “Ooh Boy.” In 1978, Rose Royce again proved to be a great love song group, hitting the charts with two now-classic ballads, “Wishing On A Star” and “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore” (later remade by Beyonce) and the top five album, “Rose Royce Strikes Again”. Rose Royce continues to this day with the foundation of Copeland, Garner, Dunn, and Nash, who self-released the album: “Live In Hollywood”. A resurgence of their music, through the continuing popularity of “Car Wash” and the cover of some of their ballads by a new generation of singers, has made Rose Royce a popular touring act again and kept their classy funk and soul flowing well into the 21st Century.

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Paul Mooney

Comedy superstar Paul Mooney is a comedian, social satirist, author, and television and film writer and actor. He shared the title of “Godfather of Comedy” with comedian and activist Dick Gregory until Gregory’s death last August. Both Mooney and Gregory used comedy as an uncompromising examination of racism and politics in the United States. “When I was 16 or 17, I saw Lenny Bruce being taken to jail. They took him off stage because he talked about race,” says Mooney who grew up in Oakland. Paul Mooney is considered a living legend in the world of comedy, helping to launch the careers of Robin Williams, Sandra Bernhard, Marsha Warfield, John Witherspoon and Tim Reid and writing for Whoopi Goldberg and the late great Richard Pryor. Mooney is best known as a writer on the Chappelle Show, where he created and appeared as the character Negrodamus, and as a writer of many hilarious routines for Richard Pryor. He collaborated with Pryor on numerous projects, such as “Live on the Sunset Strip” (1982) and “Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life is Calling” (1986), to name a few. He was production consultant for the movie Brewster’s Millions (1985), starring Pryor and actor John Candy. Mooney was a writer on several enormously popular sitcoms, including Sanford and Son and Good Times. As head writer on the groundbreaking Fox television show, “In Living Color,” he created the characters Homey the Clown and the brothers Tom and Tom (1990). He co-stared with Damon Wayans and Jada Pinkett-Smith in the Spike Lee film “Bamboozled (2000). He appeared in the 2004 documentary, “The N-Word.” Mooney’s writing credits include the NBC late night sketched comedy, “Saturday Night Live” and the BET reality television parody “Real Husbands of Hollywood” where he also appeared as himself. In his book, Black Is The New White (2009), Mooney talks about his partnership with Richard Pryor, from their first meeting to the last joke. Mooney also reflects on his childhood and some of the most notorious moments in his life, including organizing a performers’ strike on the Comedy Store and publicly giving up the n-word after comedian Michael Richards’ onstage outburst. The book features a foreword written by comedian Dave Chappelle. Mooney’s most recent appearance is the Showtime special: “Paul Mooney, The Godfather of Comedy”.

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