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Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and the Rebirth Brass Band concert

Friday, November 12: 8 p.m.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), and the Beachland Ballroom present a special Friday night show to the 15th Annual American Music Masters® series in November. New Orleans’ own Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and the Rebirth Brass Band will co-headline a show at Cleveland’s House of Blues on Friday, November 12 at 8 p.m. 

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About Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue
Troy “Trombone Shorty” is one of the rare artists with the virtuosity to draw the unqualified respect of some of the most iconic legends in jazz and the ability to deliver a high-energy funk rock show capable of mesmerizing international rock stars.  A product of New Orleans' culturally rich Treme neighborhood, Trombone Shorty was a bandleader by the age of six.  Now, at 23, Trombone Shorty has grown into a performer who commands the stage.  

In 2009, New Orleans' premier music magazine, Offbeat, awarded Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue Best R&B/Funk Band for the second year in a row.  Trombone Shorty himself picked up an award for Best Trumpet and he has been named Performer of the Year twice.  Trombone Shorty has been profiled by Good Morning America and USA Today and has been featured the 2007 album Goin' Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino and the 2008 NBA All-Star game in New Orleans.

Orleans Avenue features Mike Ballard on bass, Pete Murano on guitar, Joey Peebles on drums, Dwayne Williams on percussion and Dan Oestreicher on baritone sax.

About the Rebirth Brass Band
Simply put, The Rebirth Brass Band is a New Orleans institution. Formed in 1983 by the now infamous Frazier brothers, the band has evolved from playing the streets of the French Quarter to playing festivals and stages all over the world.
 
Rebirth is committed to upholding the tradition of brass bands while at the same time incorporating modern music into their show. Their signature brand of brass funk has won over several generations of music lovers, and in a post-Katrina world, their name and music have become the   soundtrack to their musically rich hometown. 
 
In the wake of the sometimes-stringent competition amongst brass bands, Rebirth is the undisputed leader of the pack, and they show no signs of slowing down.

 

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Announces Smokey Robinson as 20th Annual Music Masters™ Honoree 

Rock Hall to honor Smokey Robinson at 20th annual Music Masters tribute concert

Weeklong celebration Nov. 2-7 will culminate with tribute concert honoring Smokey Robinson

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Case Western Reserve University will honor R&B and soul legend William “Smokey” Robinson during the 20th Annual Music Masters™ series, presented by Klipsch Audio. Robinson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a part of the sophomore class of inductees in 1987. The weeklong celebration, Nov. 2-7, 2015, will culminate with the Annual Music Masters concert on Sat., Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. EST at Playhouse Square’s State Theatre.

Tribute concert artists, ticket prices and event details will be announced in the coming weeks. Robinson will attend the tribute concert to accept the award but is not scheduled to perform. Tickets to the tribute concert will go on sale at 11 a.m. on Fri., Sept. 18 at www.playhousesquare.org (Rock Hall member pre-sale will begin on Wed., Sept. 16). A limited number of premium seating and VIP packages beginning at $300 are available by emailing the Rock Hall’s development office or calling (216) 515-1201.  Click here to download the VIP packages and premium seating ticket form.  

“Smokey Robinson’s accomplishments as a songwriter, performer, and producer are unparalleled. It is particularly fitting that we honor him this year, the 20th year of Music Masters,” said Dr. Lauren Onkey, Vice President of Education and Public Programs for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. “The longstanding popularity and impact of his work shows us the power of popular music in our lives, which is what Music Masters is all about.”  

The weeklong celebration begins on Mon., Nov. 2 and will feature interviews, panels, films and educational programs throughout the week, including a keynote lecture at Case Western Reserve University. On Sat., Nov. 7, a conference will also be held at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame exploring Smokey Robinson’s impact on popular music. Sign up for the Rock Hall’s e-newsletter at www.rockhall.com/e-newsletter/ to be alerted about event details and tickets.

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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