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All-4-One sings with Huntington Symphony

July 16, 2018

BARBOURSVILLE — The Huntington Symphony Orchestra’s second Picnic with the Pops event of the year took place Saturday evening in the Barboursville Park Amphitheater, featuring All-4-One.

The 1990s R&B sensation, famous for their hit singles “I Swear” and “I Can Love You Like That,” most recently released a new album called “Twenty+” in 2015. The four original members have stuck together since that first 1994 single.

This is All-4-One’s second appearance with the Huntington Symphony Orchestra, the first being in 2016.

T. Hogan Haas, CEO and executive director of HSO, said he was glad to invite All-4-One back to Picnic with the Pops.

“They’re great to deal with,” Haas said. “The orchestra likes to play with them because they’re good people to work with.”

Haas said the last time All-4-One performed with HSO, the event got rained out and the group stood in the rain and signed autographs. This is the second time HSO has taken Picnic with the Pops on the road to Barboursville. Haas said the first time, which was last year with The 5th Dimension, drew the largest crowd the event had seen.

Jerri Rucker, 50, of Sissonville, West Virginia, said Saturday was her first time at Picnic with the Pops and she came specifically to see All-4-One. She said she has been an All-4-One fan since the “I Swear” days.

Rucker said she was initially worried about enduring the heat for the first part of the show, with temperatures creeping into the mid-90s Saturday, but she was pleased with the shade at the amphitheater.

“This is nice. I was really surprised,” Rucker said.

The next Picnic with the Pops will take place Aug. 18 at Harris Riverfront Park in Huntington with The First Ladies of Disco, comprised of Martha Wash, Linda Clifford and Evelyn Champagne King.

Wash is originally famous for being one half of The Weather Girls, which produced the 1983 hit “It’s Raining Men.” Clifford is known for her 1978 single “If My Friends Could See Me Now,” and King drew success from her single “Love Come Down,” released in 1982.

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