You will ‘Love’ this MIAC guest artist


Jenny Sabliov, Staff writer

Once again, the Mercyhurst Institute of Arts and Culture brings a sensational artist to the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center stage.
Continuing the 2018-19 season is none other than Darlene Love.
With more than 50 years in show business, Love is celebrating Black History Month with her outstanding career.
With Academy and Grammy awards for “20 Feet from Stardom” and a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, she is sure to captivate the audience with her iconic warm and gracious presence.
At the age of 77, she still rocks and, according to her news release, she has no intention to retire anytime soon.
In the beginning of her career, her iconic voice rang through 1960s girl groups such as the Blossoms, until she was singled out by Phil Spector.
Some of her top hits are “Wait Til My Baby Gets Home” and “Da Doo Ron Ron.”
She has performed “Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)” every year for 28 years on “The Late Show.”
Love has also performed as a backup vocalist for Sam Cooke, Elvis Presley, Cher and Aretha Franklin.
During the 1980s, there was a roots/rock revival that pulled Love back into the spotlight and rebooted her solo career.
Not only does Love sing, she is a film and stage actress as well.
She was in all four “Lethal Weapon” movies and starred as Motormouth Maybelle in “Hairspray.”
According to her news release, Love is planning a “Love for the Holiday” Christmas television special for December.
Even though Love has been gifted with her iconic voice, she spent the majority of career behind the scenes.
Regardless, she expressed no regrets and had spent a fulfilling career.
On Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m., Love will perform a concert that features a variety of selections from her expansive career.
Tickets are selling quickly and Brett Johnson, Ph.D., expects this show to sell out like the previous MIAC performances this season.
Ticket prices are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors and $20 for students and youth. Mercyhurst students can get a free ticket to the performance with their IDs.
They can be purchased at the box office or online at the MIAC website.
This performance is sponsored by Christian Brothers Services, Rocket 105 FM and WSEE-The CW. The 2018-19 MIAC Live series is made possible through the generosity of Scott Enterprises, Cumulus Media and the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority.