Donnie Iris Tickets for Sale

In the late 1960's, Iris formed "The Jaggerz". Iris scored his first Gold record for "The Rapper," a track he wrote and sung.

The Jaggerz disbanded, and Iris went on tour with Wild Cherry who had a hit in 1976's "Play that funky music". During this period, Iris befriended Mark Avsec. Sadly, Wild Cherry was also a one-hit wonder. In 1980, with nowhere to go, Iris and Avsec formed The Cruisers and returned to the pop charts a few times in the 1980's with songs like: "Ah! Leah!" (#29 on the Billboard charts), "My Girl" and "Love is Like a Rock". Iris and Avsec were a good team, collaborating well in the songwriting and artist/producer department. Avsec rescued Iris when he suffered writer's block during the production of 1993's Footsoldier. Even though Iris and the Cruisers have not achieved stardom outside of Pittsburgh, their albums and tickets are still bought by music lovers and fans in their vicinity.

Iris and the Cruisers' last project, Ellwood city has a stellar collection of songs like Little Black Dress; River Of Love; With This Ring; Just Go Tango; Tuesday Morning; Soul Man; Let's Go; Rocque Fantastique; Ellwood City; Love Me With The Light On; You Got My Body (You Don't Have My Soul); No Rest For The Wicked; Soul Man and Love Messiah. Donnie Iris' voice is a marvel, whether it is his high-pitched screams or smoothly singing a few Spanish verses in "Just Go Tango,". The song is repeated again in a 9?-minute club mix at the end of the disc. Donnie Iris has headlined shows all over the country and toured with dozens of artists, including Journey, Loverboy, Bryan Adams, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, The Romantics, Eddie Money, UFO, Nazareth, Ted Nugent, Joan Jett, Hall & Oates, and the Michael Stanley Band, to name a few.

Mark Avsec was recently made partner in Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff for his progressive work as an intellectual property lawyer. They specialize in entertainment and Internet cases.

The people at Pittsburgh love them, you will too. Buy tickets and experience the band when they come to your town or a town near yours.
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Oct 21 Sat 8:00 PM Donnie Iris And The Cruisers Jergel's Rhythm Grille
Warrendale, PA
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From the time he appeared on the national radio talent show, Donnie Iris has been selling tickets to his shows to fans who've been listening to him ever since.

Born Dominic Lerace in Elwood City, Pennsylvania in 1943, Donnie began singing weddings at age five and by eight was performing on local television and entering talent contests. He learnt singing from his mother. Donnie cites his influences as Marvin Gaye(all-time favorite), Tony Bennett, The Beatles, Ray Charles, Buddy Holly, the Temptations and other Motown bands. As his voice changed, he took up drums though in high school he would later return to singing. Donnie taught himself guitar and formed Donnie & the Donnells while in college. Donnie won first prize at the radio talent hunt and won a brand new refrigerator which he kept filled with beer. Keeping true to an all too familiar stereotype, Donnie fell prey to the evils of money, fame and accompanying pressures. Resulting in two broken marriages and an alcoholic problem before he even hit puberty! Iris, all of 11 years suffered a nervous breakdown, later he would write "Shock Treatment" and "Too Young Too Love," both related to these early experiences.