As part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's 16th Annual American Music Masters week of events honoring Aretha Franklin, the Rock Hall welcomes DJs Mick Boogie, MC Lyte and DJ O-Dub to the House of Blues on Friday, November 4. Each artist will dig through Aretha Franklin’s deep catalog to spin an incredible mix of soul, funk, jazz and dance tracks.
Tickets are $8 in advance ($10 at the door) and are available at www.LiveNation.com, www.HouseofBlues.com, the House of Blues Box Office, charge-by-phone (800-745-3000), or any Ticketmaster location.
Also added to the week of events is Jump to It: DJs pay tribute to Aretha! at the House of Blues on Friday, November 4. DJs MC Lyte, Mick Boogie and DJ O-Dub will dig through Aretha Franklin’s deep catalog to spin an incredible mix of soul, funk, jazz and dance tracks. Doors are at 8 p.m., show begins at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance ($10 at the door) and are available at www.LiveNation.com, www.HouseofBlues.com, the House of Blues Box Office, charge-by-phone (800-745-3000), or any Ticketmaster location.
About the DJs of Jump to It!
For more than 20 years, the multi-talented MC Lyte has been a creative force in the world of hip-hop and beyond. Born in Brooklyn, New York, MC Lyte's debut full-length, Lyte as a Rock, was released in 1988 and her follow-up, Eyes On This, arrived in 1989, containing the Number One rap hit "Cha Cha Cha." She is a two time Grammy nominee, earning one in 1993 for her song "Ruffneck" (from 1993's Ain't No Other album)and a second in 2003 with the song “Ride ‘Wit Me.” Lyte continued to record through the 1990s, teaming with artists such as Missy Elliott and LL Cool J. Today, Lyte is the executive vice president and music supervisor of DuBose Music Group/DuBose Entertainment. She is an in-demand lecturer, traveling to colleges and universities across the nation to share her story of success, which also provided the framework for her book, Just My Take. In recent years, she's added DJ to her resumé, spinning at major events, and she is also the official DJ for Jordan brands. In June of 2011 she was named president of the Los Angeles chapter of the Grammy’s Recording Academy, the first African-American woman to hold this position.
Youngtown, Ohio–native Mick Boogie is one of America's most in-demand DJ talents. In his formative years, Boogie studiously listened to hip-hop DJs, from the seminal work of DJ Jazzy Jeff, Kid Capri and Stretch Armstrong to the later stylings of DJs Drama and Green Lantern. Boogie's eclectic style defined a series of innovative mixtapes, with 2004's The Big Picture, a collaboration with The Diplomats' Juelz Santana introducing a larger audience to Boogie's singular production. In 2005, he became the Cleveland Cavaliers official DJ (thanks to a ringing endorsement from NBA superstar LeBron James). Boogie has since gone on to work with an impressive list of artists, including Adele, Coldplay, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Common, Eminem, Ghostface Killah, Jay-Z, Nas, Kanye West and more.
DJ O-Dub, aka Oliver Wang, has been writing on soul, funk, Latin and hip-hop since the mid-1990s, both for his world renowned Soul-Sides.com site and also National Public Radio, the Los Angeles Times and Wax Poetics. For ten years, he could be heard on 90.7 FM in Berkeley, CA and most recently, co-hosted the weekly Boogaloo! party at the Shortstop in Echo Park, CA. He works as an assistant professor of sociology at California State University, Long Beach.
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Weeklong celebration Nov. 2-7 will culminate with tribute concert honoring Smokey Robinson
About Smokey Robinson:
Save for founder Berry Gordy, no single figure has been more closely allied with the Detroit-based recording empire known as Motown than William “Smokey” Robinson. In addition to leading the Miracles, Robinson served as a Motown producer, songwriter, talent scout and Gordy’s most trusted confidant and right-hand man.
Smokey Robinson and the Miracles scored twenty-seven pop-soul hits at Motown between 1960 and 1971, including the classics “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me,” “Shop Around,” “Going to a Go-Go” and “I Second That Emotion.” The Miracles’ brightest moments on record - “Ooo Baby Baby,” “The Tracks of My Tears” and “The Tears of a Clown” foremost among them - still kindle memories for those who came of age in the Sixties.
Robinson also wrote and produced for numerous other Motown artists, including Marvin Gaye ("Ain’t That Peculiar,” “I’ll Be Doggone"), the Temptations ("Get Ready,” “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” “My Girl"), Mary Wells ("My Guy,” “You Beat Me to the Punch") and the Marvelettes ("Don’t Mess With Bill,” “The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game").
Robinson later turned to a solo career where he continued his hitmaking tradition with “Just to See Her,” “Quiet Storm,” “Cruisin’,” and “Being with You,” among others. In 2004, he released his first gospel album, Food for the Spirit. His most recent album, Smokey & Friends, peaked at #2 on the R&B charts and #12 on the Billboard 200 and included collaborations with Elton John, James Taylor, Mary J. Blige, and John Legend. Earlier this year, Robinson received a BET Lifetime Achievement Award.
About the Annual Music Masters Series:
The Annual Music Masters series, a co-production of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities at Case Western Reserve University, celebrates the lives and careers of artists who changed the shape and sound of rock and roll music. Each year, the Music Masters series explores the legacy of a pioneering rock and roll figure in a range of events that includes Museum exhibits, lectures, films, a major conference and a tribute concert benefiting the Rock Hall’s education programs. Drawing together experts, artists, fans and friends, these events provide new perspectives on the most beloved and influential musicians of the past century.
The tribute concert brings together a diverse mix of artists and musical styles, and as a result, many magical moments have taken place over the years. In 2012, Chuck Berry took the stage, and during a performance of his song “Reelin’ And Rockin’” he surprised the audience with his signature move – “the Duck Walk.” In 2004, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss performed onstage together for the first time to honor Lead Belly. The pair was awarded the highest honors of Album of the Year for Raising Sand and Record of the Year for "Please Read The Letter" at the 51st annual Grammy Awards. Honoree Jerry Lee Lewis, who was not scheduled to perform at the 2007 concert, was moved to take the stage at the end of the show. Lewis tenderly played the piano and sang “Somewhere Over The Rainbow.” At the first Annual Music Masters tribute concert, Bruce Springsteen set the bar high and performed in honor of Woody Guthrie. The most star-studded and unique performance by a trio was Aretha Franklin, Solomon Burke and Elvis Costello paying tribute to Sam Cooke in 2005. In 2008, a 93-year-old Les Paul took the stage with his trio and then led an epic jam with some of rock and roll’s greatest guitarists, from Jennifer Batten to Slash. Janis Joplin was honored in 2009 by Grammy winner Lucinda Williams with a song she composed especially for the occasion, and in 2010, Dave Bartholomew brought down the house with a performance in tribute of honorees Fats Domino and Bartholomew himself. In 2011, Aretha Franklin was not planning to perform, but at the last minute she requested a piano and took the stage to perform Leon Russell’s “A Song for You,” which she recorded in 1974. During the 19th Annual Music Masters honoring the Everly Brothers, Don Everly took the stage with the rest of the cast – that included Graham Nash, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris and more – for two run-throughs of the 1957 chart topping hit “Bye Bye Love.”
The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment of all Ohioans.
About Case Western Reserve University:
Case Western Reserve University is among the nation’s leading research institutions. Founded in 1826 and shaped by the unique merger of the Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University, Case Western Reserve is distinguished by its strengths in education, research, service, and experiential learning. Located in Cleveland, Case Western Reserve offers nationally recognized programs in the Arts and Sciences, Dental Medicine, Engineering, Law, Management, Medicine, Nursing, and Social Work. www.case.edu
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