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What do;


Paul McCartney,


Stevie Wonder,


Al Jarreau,


Bette Midler,


Bonnie Raitt,


Don Henley,


Micheal Jackson,


Peter Frampton,


Smokey Robinson


B.B. King,


Gladys Knight,


The Doobie Brothers all have in common with Omaha?



They've all worked with one of these great musicians


coming to OM Center on August 4 & 5th!




Crackin' will be reuniting from around the world to perform in Omaha on,

Saturday, August 4 - 8pm
Sunday, August 5 - 7:30pm
Tickets $15Advance RSVP or at the door
OM Center 1216 Howard St. 345-5078
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The Musicians


Arno Lucas (Percussion),


Leslie Smith (Vo.),


Rick Chudacoff (Bass),


Peter Bunetta (Drum),


Brian Ray (Guitar),


Lester Abrams (Key, Vo.),


Bob Bordy (Guitar)



...with Special Guests Robbie Dupree and Neal Davis...& more!


Bio's

Arno LucasUnlike most musicians who tour and record with one or two differnt types of artist, Arno prides himself on working in all styles as his credits will show whether it's country, rhythum and blues, jazz, rock, pop, christian or smooth jazz.He's worked with the best and continues to revolve on the highest level.

His credits include:
Luther Vandross, Al jarreau, George Duke, Bette Midler, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Don Henley (The Eagles), The New Editon, Yolanda Adams, Rachele Ferrell, Micheal jackson, Burt Bacharach, Randy Newman, Rickie Lee Jones, Chaka Kahn, Bill Cosby, Harry Belefonte, Earl Klugh, Joe Sample, El Debarge, Tyrese, Johnny Gill, this list goes on, but well you get the idea.

Lucas has stayed busy and most recently wrote two songs with Al Jarreau for his last CD and a song for Meg Ryans last movie. He's also written songs for Dionne Warrick and for New Edition's triple platinum CD He's now finishing music for a show on N.B.C. and working with Glady's Kinght in Las Vegas where he lives part time.

" I have many great memories of the big O. Les Smith Band, L.A. Carnival, and Crackin. I have never forgotten that because of one person. I was pointed in the direction that not only kept me out of trouble and brought me to a place higher than any drug could ever bring me, but ultimately it has given me everything a human being could want . This person's name is Luigi Waites and because of the fire he started in me, I 'm more than successful - I'm blessed. "

Leslie Smith

As Lester Abrams was developing the "Fabulous Impacts" and a reputation as "the baddest drummer in town", Leslie Orlando Smith (born 1949 in Detroit) was attending North High School and singing lead in the band "Sights and Sounds" with, amongst others, schoolmate Ron Cooley on guitar and a bass player from Central High, Rick Chudacoff. After a series of personnel and name changes, including the addition of Arno Lucas, they became the Les Smith Soul Band.
Lester Abrams – drums, vocals, organ, acoustic piano, percussion
Arno Lucas – vocals, percussion
Leslie Smith – vocals
Rick Chudacoff – electric bass, backup vocals
Ron Cooley – electric and acoustic guitar
Geno DeVaughn – trumpet
Percy Marion – tenor saxophone, flute
Michael Patterson – alto saxophone

L.A. Carnival
In 1969, Leslie Smith was drafted into the army and stationed in Seoul. Lester changed the band’s name to L.A. Carnival (L.A. as in Lester Abrams). Vocal duties were laid mainly upon Arno, with Lester singing back ups from behind the drum kit.

Under that name, they released only one single: "Blind Man" b/w "Color" on Skip Wilson’s Pacific Avenue label. Lester arranged for an appearance in California on the Johnny Otis’ show. By the time their single was released, the band members had other priorities. Leslie had returned from the army and signed on for HAIR’s nationwide tour, Rick and Arno were readying to join funk-rock outfit “Crackin’” and Ron had joined a rock band called Pilot.
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Rick Chudacoff(bass)

is an Omaha native and was an original member of both Omaha's Les Smith Soul Band/LA Carnival and Crackin'. After Crackin' disbanded in 1978, he and Peter Bunetta went on to have a successful run as record producers. Robbie Dupree, Matthew Wilder, Patti LaBelle, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson, Kenny G, Michael Bolton and Peabo Bryson are just a few of the major artists they worked with. Rick moved to Franklin, TN in 1993 where he has continued writing and producing. He co-wrote "Somewhere in the Vicinity of the Heart", which was a Country duet hit for Shenandoah and Alison Krause and won both a Grammy award and Country Music Association award. He lives with his wife Katy in Franklin while his daughers Sasha (25) is in graduate school in Boulder, CO and Sophia (21) will be a senior at ColoradoCollege.

Peter Bunetta(drums)

is from Garfield, NJ. He joined up with Crackin' in 1975. After Crackin' disbanded in 1978, he and Rick Chudacoff went on to have a successful run as record producers. Robbie Dupree, Matthew Wilder, Patti LaBelle, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson, Kenny G, Michael Bolton and Peabo Bryson are just a few of the major artists they worked with. Peter stays active both as a record producer and manager. His Family Affair production company utilizes the immense talents of both his writer/producer son Julian (24) and his recent college graduate Damon (22). Peter lives in Malibu, CA with his wife Tracy.

Brian Ray

His exceptional career began with a transistor radio, an ice cream bucket and a vivid imagination. Co-writer of Smokey Robinson's "One Heartbeat" and photo of Brian Rayadmired for his energetic stage presence and unparalleled guitar playing as a key member of Paul McCartney's current band, Brian is irrefutably ranked among today's top musicians. His latest project, his first solo album entitled Mondo Magneto will be released it through his own label Whooray Records. This record underscores his talents as an award-winning songwriter, singer, producer and renowned guitarist. As one fifth of Bobby Pickett and the Crypt Kicker Five, Brian found himself playing the "Monster Mash" at a fundraising benefit hosted by and for the notorious Phil Kaufman to offset the burdensome "Grand Theft Parson's fines. Phil, missing his departed friend Gram, took Brian in and would soon introduce him to Etta James at the world famous Troubadour. Etta was on the brink of a come-back, "so full of fire and intensity" Brian says. That brief introduction would, only a few months later, lead to Brian's l4 year career as Etta's Musical Director and guitarist.He would spend the late 80's collaborating with Peter Frampton, Rita Coolidge, Michael Steele (Bangles) and friend and songwriting partner for 13 years Steve LeGassick.
It was his partnership with Steve that would catapult Brian's songwriting to the world stage in 1987 with the Smokey Robinson award-winning mega hit "One Heartbeat."

As Brian continues to tour with Paul McCartney, he manages to squeeze in other projects such as scoring the award winning 2003 independent film "The Failures." This was Brian's first venture into film, although he has scored for television in the past. It is his contributions to other artists albums, including Etta James, Shakira, The Bangles, Adam Cohen, and Paul McCartney's most recent projects that spawned his own creative CD solo endeavor.

Lester Abrams

is a singer, songwriter, musician and producer who has played with such artists as B.B. King, Stevie Wonder, Peabo Bryson, Quincy Jones, Manfred Mann, Brian Auger, The Average White Band, The Doobie Brothers, Rufus and many others. Two of his co-compositions appeared on the Grammy Award winning album "Minute by Minute". He has also composed songs for film and television; two of his works can be heard in the Oliver Stone movie, "South Central".
Lester Abrams was also a member of and/or associated with several other bands and people, including Leslie Smith, Arno Lucas, Rick Chudacoff, The Les Smith Soul Band, L.A. Carnival, Crackin' and more recently, Connie Price and the Keystones.

Filmography Credits
* 1982 The Last Unicorn - Character design
* 1988 The Party[26][27] - Song ("Love Light")
* 1992 South Central - Songs
* 1992 South Central - Song Performer ("Love Light" "Drink the Water")
* 2005 The 40-Year-Old Virgin - Song ("Minute by Minute")

Bob Bordy

Robbie Dupree, at the beginning of 1980, released his first album including 2 smash hit songs "Steal Away" ranked number 6 on Billboard Chart and "Hot Rod Hearts" ranked number 15. He released his second album titled "Street Corner Heroes" in 1981, (which was also produced by Peter Bunetta and Rick Chaudacoff, ex-members of the group named Crackin', to which Leslie Smith belonged.
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