98° at Christmas
When?Start time: Saturday 8:00pm (11 November)
End time: Saturday 9:30pm (11 November)
98° is hot. In five short years — from 1997 to 2002 — they'd sold a staggering 10 million records, scored a chart-topping single, “Thank God I Found You,” with Mariah Carey and Joe, and collaborated with their collective idol, Stevie Wonder, on “True to Your Heart,” for the 1998 animated Disney film, Mulan. Their four-million-selling album, 98° and Rising, spawned the top-5 favorites “Because of You,” “I Do,” and “The Hardest Thing,” while 2000’s Revelation, which sold two million copies, peaked at number 2 on the Billboard 200 and yielded a trio of hits, “Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche),” “My Everything” and “The Way You Want Me To.”
By September 10, 2001, the frequent Total Request Live champions had reached “the pinnacle of our career,” remembers Jeff Timmons. That was the night the male-harmony group, which also includes Justin Jeffre and brothers Nick and Drew Lachey, performed in front of a sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden as part of the Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration. "Here we are, performing for Michael, singing ‘Man In the Mirror’ with Luther Vandross and Usher,” recalls Timmons, founder of the Los Angeles-formed, all-Ohio-raised quartet. "I’m like, 'This is unbelievable, I’m so lucky to be here!’” But not 12 hours later, the 9-11 attacks changed the world forever. At that point, they decided to take a break.
Save for a one-off performance on a TV special in 2004, it would be more than a decade before the four friends in 98° would sing together again. And even then, it would only be in private, “to see if we still had what it takes,” says Jeffre.
The following year, the group tested the waters with a one-time appearance at the Mixtape Festival in Hershey, Penn. Then, in 2013, they hit the road with New Kids On the Block and Boyz II Men. Encouraged by the rapturous fan reaction, the group headlined their own, 38-city trek in the summer of 2016. The My2K tour, which also included O-Town, Dream and Ryan Cabrera, played to sell-out or near-capacity crowds at venues like the prestigious Ryman Auditorium in Nashville and the 5000-seat Coney Island Amphitheater in New York City.
The quartet will soon release their first full-length album in 4 years, Let It Snow. Recorded this past July in Los Angeles, the album features the group’s signature R&B-tinged, four-part harmonies. Let It Snow is their second Christmas title, their critically-acclaimed This Christmas was a million-selling, multi-platinum album in 1999.
Along with beloved standards like “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”, and “Please Come Home For Christmas,” the 12-song collection includes their take on “What Christmas Means To Me,” the standard that was popularized by Wonder.
The band will be embarking on a 31 city tour kicking off on November 10 and running through December 23.
Might Let It Snow lead to future 98° albums? Time will tell, but Timmons certainly hopes so. “The best has yet to come out of this group,” he says. "After all these years, ultimately, it’s all about the way we sound when we sing together. As you get older, that means everything: to be able to strip away all of that other stuff and get back to why we’re doing this in the first place."
Tickets are $65, $50 & $35 plus tax and an online/phone ticketing fee (this fee is waived when tickets are purchased in the Gift Shop). Tickets in the ADA section are for patrons with mobility disabilities and up to three companions. If companion seating is not available because the ADA section is sold out, RCGR will offer other seats as close as possible to the accessible seat, if available, at the purchase price of the other section. Tickets are on sale in the Gift Shop, by calling 877-677-3456 or online at http://tickets.riversidecasinoandresort.com/.
Hotel packages are available by calling 877-677-3456. Packages are $295 plus tax and include a one night stay in a deluxe king or double queen room, two tickets to the show and two dinners at Robert's Buffet. There are a limited number of hotel packages available.
VIP packages are available at http://livemu.sc/98Degrees-Riverside.
Doors open at 7pm for the 8pm show.
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