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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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.
For more information, visit rockhall.com.