A local casino has announced that it will play host to two major artists in the coming months as part of an ongoing events series.

For many people, they were the sound of the 1970s and soon, Pittsburgh residents will be able to hear the Ohio Players in their hometown. The band was formed back in 1959 by five musicians who had previously served as a backing group for The Falcons. The Ohio Players struggled initially but really found their sound when Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner joined the group and helped establish their new sound.

It eventually worked and the Ohio Players achieved breakout success in the early 1970s. Between 1974 and 1976, the band released four studio albums which all reached number 1 in the US R&B charts. Their singles “Fire” and “Love Rollercoaster” also reached number 1 in the US Billboard Hot 100.

The band has had a rather unstable history with over two dozen past members down the years and suffered a tragedy when Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner sadly passed away in 2013. But the band continued to play on and later that year they were inducted to the Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame at the Waetjen Auditorium of Cleveland State University. They’ve continued to play on ever since and it has been announced that the popular band will be playing in Pittsburgh at a local casino on Saturday, May 4.

“The Ohio Players have a classic R&B sound that is incomparable,” said Bill Keena, the General Manager of Rivers Casino.

“We’re very excited to have them perform at The Event Center.”


The Event Center in question is located at the popular Rivers Casino Pittsburgh. Located along the Ohio River’s North Shore, Rivers Casino has been a Pittsburgh feature for almost a decade. Employing over 1,700 staff members, the casino features 2,710 slots, 124 table games, 45 hybrid gaming seats, and a designated Sportsbook area for live sports betting.

The Sportsbook is a new feature for the casino. Rivers unveiled their new sports betting area in December 2018, the first of its kind in Western Pennsylvania. They offer bets on football, baseball, basketball, hockey, and more. Rivers has followed the path set out by online casinos like Betway which have diversified from the traditional casino and slot games to sports betting in the last few years.


Tickets are on sale now for those who want to see the Ohio Players and are available for just $25. However, the R&B icons aren’t the only musical act which Rivers Casino will play host to in May of this year.

Jeffrey Osborne is a Grammy-nominated artist who has over three decades of experience in the music industry. As the singer and drummer of L.T.D., Osborne collaborated with the group for some of their biggest hits. “Every Time I Turn Around) Back In Love Again” reached number 4 in the Billboard Hot 100 while “Holding On (When Love Is Gone)” reached the top 50.

After leaving the group, Osborne carved out a quite incredible solo career spanning thirty years. Eleven of his studio albums have reached the top 10 of the US R&B chart. The ballad “On The Wings of Love” was known the world over long before it was used in an episode of The US Office.


“We are excited to have Jeffrey Osborne perform at Rivers,” Bill Keena said of the date.

“His timeless and soulful music appeals to a wide-ranging audience — it will definitely be an unforgettable night in The Event Center.”

Like the Ohio Players, Jeffrey Osborne will be playing the Rivers Casino in May of this year. Tickets are on sale now for $45 for Osborne’s event which is scheduled for Friday, May 17, at 8 pm.

It’s good to see two such well-known artists scheduled to play in Pittsburgh. The city has a rich musical history and that doesn’t show any signs of changing in the immediate future. Both Jeffrey Osborne and the Ohio Players performed some of the most memorable songs of the 1970s and 1980s and will surely attract the crowds in May of this year. Rivers Casino seems to have booked a couple of star attractions and both dates will provide a memorable night to all who can get tickets.

HOLLYWOOD, CA – JUNE 15: Singer Jeffrey Osborne performs at the 35th Anniversary Playboy Jazz Festival – Day 1 at the Hollywood Bowl on June 15, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rodrigo Vaz/Getty Images)
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