IF YOU GO
Who: Bell Biv DeVoe
When: Aug. 30, doors open at 7 p.m., showtime 8 p.m.
Where: The Events Center at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino
How much: Starting at $29.50
Info: Ticketmaster.com, HarrahsAkChin.com
Bell Biv Devoe (BBD), a breakaway group formed by members of the R&B group New Edition, will bring their electric sound to the Events Center at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino on Aug. 30.
BBD, founded by R&B legends Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins and Ronnie DeVoe, was launched in 1989 with MCA Records. The group’s debut album, Poison, was released in 1990 and was credited as pioneering an eclectic combination of hip hop, soul and pop music called “new jack swing.” Poison reached No. 1 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip Hop chart.
Multiple singles from the album reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, including “Do Me!” and title track “Poison.” The group is also known for dance-worthy singles including “B.B.D.,” “When Will I See You Smile Again?” and “She’s Dope!”
In 2016, the group released their first track in 15 years, “Run,” following it up with a new album in 2017 called Three Stripes. BBD also performed on “Beat Shazam,” a game show hosted by Jamie Foxx that tests guests on their knowledge of timeless hits from every decade.
The Events Center is a 2,000-seat auditorium that opened this year, part of Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino’s multimillion-dollar expansion.
This story appears in the August issue of InMaricopa.