Annual Music Masters Tribute Concert at PlayhouseSquare’s State Theatre Honoring the Music of the Rolling Stones

Saturday, October 26: 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 26 at 7:30 p.m.


Tribute concert performers previously announced include Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Ian McLagan, Merry Clayton, Sarah Dash, Bernard Fowler, Steve Jordan, Bobby Keys, Trevor Lawrence, Steve Madaio, Waddy Wachtel and Willie Weeks.  Joining the all-star house band is Nils Lofgren of the E Street Band.  New guests include Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Chuck D, Sugar Blue, Lee Fields, Patterson Hood, Dave Pirner, Earl Slick and Cyril Jordan and Chris Wilson of the Flamin’ Groovies.


Tickets to the October 26th tribute concert range from $30 - $80 and are available at the PlayhouseSquare box office, by calling (216) 241-6000, or by visiting



Chuck D., front man of 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee group Public Enemy, is one of the greatest rappers of all time.  He pushed the art of the MC forward with his inimitable, rapid-fire baritone, as he connected the culture of hip-hop with Black Nationalism and the ideas of Malcolm X.  Public Enemy’s first two releases - Yo! Bum Rush the Show (1987) and It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988) – were hailed as a hip-hop masterpieces.  In 1989, the group recorded “Fight the Power,” which was the theme song for Spike Lee’s film Do the Right Thing.  The group has also been a major influence on a variety of artists, from  Kurt Cobain to Björk, from Trent Reznor to Ben Harper and on and on.

Perhaps best known for his signature riff and solo on the Rolling Stones' hit “Miss You”, harmonica virtuoso Sugar Blue (born James Whiting) made his first recordings in 1975 with legendary blues figures Brownie McGhee and Roosevelt Sykes.  Blue can be heard on the Rolling Stones’ Some Girls, Emotional Rescue and Tattoo You.  He received the 1985 Grammy Award for his work on Blues Explosion, recorded live at the Montreux Jazz Festival.  Blue has played and recorded with musicians ranging from Willie Dixon to Stan Getz to Frank Zappa to Bob Dylan.  

Grammy-nominee Merry Clayton has been called upon by some of the greatest artists of all time, including Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, and many others. She will forever be recognized for her impassioned duet with Mick Jagger on The Rolling Stones’ 1969 classic “Gimme Shelter.”    

Since the late sixties, Lee Fields has amassed a prolific catalog of albums and has toured and played with such legends as Kool and the Gang, Sammy Gordon and the Hip-Huggers, O.V Wright, Darrell Banks, and Little Royal.  His latest album Faithful Man (recorded with his group The Expressions) was released in March 2012 on the Brooklyn-based Truth & Soul Records, earning rave reviews.  Recently, the band has opened for The Black Keys, Pretty Lights, and Wilco. 

The Flamin' Groovies formed in 1965 in their hometown of San Francisco, California.  In 1969, they released their major label debut Supersnazz on the Epic label, followed by two albums on Kama Sutra (home of their heroes, The Lovin' Spoonful), including the now revered classic Teenage Head (1971).  In 1971, lead guitarist Cyril Jordan moved the group to England with Chris Wilson taking over as front man, where they continued to record through the mid-1970s.  In 2013, Jordan, Wilson and original founding member and bass player George Alexander reunited for the first time since 1981.  The Flamin’ Groovies will be performing at the Beachland Ballroom on November 9, 2013 (  

Patterson Hood is the co-founder of the rock band, Drive-by Truckers. Together with Mike Cooley, Hood and his band released Gangstabilly in 1998 and gained critical acclaim with their ambitious double-disc set, 2001's Southern Rock Opera. The Drive-by Truckers have played at Bonaroo Music Festival, Austin City Limits and backed up Bettye LaVette and Booker T. Jones.  Hood is the son of Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section bassist David Hood, who has twice been a member of the annual Music Masters house band.

David Pirner is the lead vocalist and guitarist for Soul Asylum.   In 1992, Soul Asylum released Grave Dancers Union, which went triple-platinum and featured the  Grammy Award-winning single “Runaway Train.” The band played the Bill Clinton inauguration early the next year. Soul Asylum later earned a platinum record with Let Your Dim Light Shine.  In 2013, the band released No Fun Intended, an EP of punk rock covers. 

At age 22, guitarist Earl Slick joined David Bowie for the Diamond Dogs tour, and appeared on Bowie’s David Live (1974) Young Americans (1975), Station to Station (1976), Heathen (2002) Reality (2003) and The Next Day (2013).  Slick worked alongside John Lennon and Yoko Ono on Double Fantasy (1980) and also appeared on Milk and Honey (1984).  


Sarah Dash, vocals
Sarah Dash is a founding member of Labelle and has sung with some of the greatest names in pop, rock, and R&B. She has toured with Keith Richards, appeared on two of Richards’ albums (Live At The Hollywood Palladium and Main Offender), and appeared on The Rolling Stones' Steel Wheels album in 1989.    

Bernard Fowler, vocals
Bernard Fowler has performed with the Rolling Stones on every tour since 1989. He has also been a featured guest vocalist on many solo albums released by the members of the band, including Mick Jagger’s first solo album, She’s The Boss.

Steve Jordan, drums
Steve Jordan, leading sideman, session player, acclaimed composer, musical director and drummer, has worked alongside Eric ClaptonAretha Franklin, Beyoncé, Bruno Mars and many others. He appeared on the Rolling Stones album Dirty Work and is a member of Keith Richards’ band the X-Pensive Winos.

Bobby Keys, saxophone
Top touring and session sax man for Elvis Presley, Joe Cocker, B.B. King and others, Bobby Keys has been recording and touring with the Rolling Stones since 1970, appearing on Let It BleedSticky FingersExile On Main St.Goats Head SoupEmotional Rescue and several live albums.

Trevor Lawrence, saxophone
Saxophonist and producer Trevor Lawrence performed with the Rolling Stones in 1973 and 1975. He has recorded with many legends over the course of his career, including Stevie WonderMarvin GayeBonnie Raitt, and B.B. King.

Nils Lofgren, guitar
Nils Lofgren is a renowned guitar player and songwriter and current member of the E Street Band. He joined Neil Young’s band when he was only 18, and played on Young’s classic albums After the Goldrush and Tonight’s the Night.  Lofgren began his solo career with Nils Lofgren in 1975 (featuring ‘Keith Don’t Go (Ode to the Glimmer Twin)’) the first of many powerful and acclaimed solo albums. In 1984 he joined The E Street Band. He has recorded with Springsteen on five studio albums and several live albums and toured with the Springsteen and the E Street Band all around the world. 

Steve Madaio, trumpet
Most frequently heard performing with Stevie Wonder, trumpeter Steve Madaio was featured on the Rolling Stones' 1973 European tour.  Madaio's skills have been showcased on stage or in the studio alongside Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees John LennonEtta JamesJames TaylorB.B. Kingand Donna Summer among countless others.

Ian McLagan, keyboards
Ian McLagan is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee as a member of the Small Faces/Faces. He has worked with a wide range of legendary artists and has performed with his Bump Band since 1979. McLagan played on the Rolling Stone’s Some Girls album and toured with the group in 1978, 1981 and 1982. 

Waddy Wachtel, guitar
Guitarist and composer Robert “Waddy” Wachtel has recorded or performed with dozens of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees including Bob DylanTom WaitsCarole KingStevie NicksJames TaylorIggy Pop, and Jackson Browne. He is a member of Keith Richards’ band the X-Pensive Winos and played on the Rolling Stones’ Bridges To Babylon album.

Willie Weeks, bass
In-demand session bass guitarist Willie Weeks has recorded and toured with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees such as Eric Clapton and George Harrison among many others. He played bass on “It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll (But I Like It)” by the Rolling Stones.


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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum announces 
additional tribute concert artists and conference panelists for the 18th Annual Music Masters Series honoring the Rolling Stones

Joining the all-star house band is Nils Lofgren of the E Street Band. 
New guests include Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Chuck D, Sugar Blue, Lee Fields, Patterson Hood, Dave Pirner, Earl Slick and Cyril Jordan and Chris Wilson of the Flamin’ Groovies.


The weeklong series of events:

FREE with RSVP – Tuesday, October 22 at 7 p.m.Author Series with Bill Janovitz at Cuyahoga Community College’s Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts in the Black Box Theater (adjacent to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Library and Archives, 2809 Woodland Avenue, Cleveland)

FREE with RSVP - Wednesday, October 23 at 4:30 p.m.Teachers Rock  “Following the River”: Exploring the Roots of the Rolling Stones in the Rock Hall’s “Eat to the Beat” on the 3rd floor. 

FREE with RSVP – Wednesday, October 23 at 8 p.m.Songwriters to Soundmen with Steve Jordan, Bobby Keys and Steve Madaio in the Rock Hall’s Foster Theater on the 4th floor

FREE - Thursday, October 24 at 7:00 p.m.Keynote Lecture by Alan Light at Case Western Reserve University’s Ford Auditorium, 11000 Euclid Ave.

TICKETED EVENT - Saturday, October 26 from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.Annual Music Masters Conference in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Foster Theater. 

TICKETED EVENT - Saturday, October 26 at 7:30 p.m. Annual Music Masters Tribute Concert at PlayhouseSquare’s State Theatre 

Special program for students:

LIVE STREAM - Monday, October 21 at 1:00 p.m. On the Road  “You Got Me Rocking”: The Musical Roots of the Rolling Stones


The series is sponsored by ELS Studio.

The Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction exhibition opened in May 2013 and celebrates the Rolling Stones’ incredible contribution to popular music. Through the use of artifacts, film, text and interactive technology, generations of music fans from around the world have the opportunity to get up close and personal with rare items from nearly every aspect of the Stones’ extraordinary career. The Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction is slated to run until March 2014.

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