During the 1950’s and 60’s the music industry birthed a new genre of music known as Rock n’Roll. The style quickly became popular and paved the way for numerous artists like Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Buddy Holly and eventually the Beatles. Many of the artists composed and wrote their own music, but others relied on writers who provided the edge they needed to attain stardom.
Among the most famous writers were Jewish artists Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Together the two composed a slew of hits including “Hounddog,” “Yackety Yack” and “Jailhouse Rock.” To honor and celebrate their accomplishments, the Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, AJMF and Theatrical Outfit have teamed up to promote Baby That is Rock n’ Roll on Sunday, March 19 at the Breman Jewish Heritage Museum.
The performance will include seven accomplished local musicians as well as talented musical theater veterans in a series of songs paying homage to the artists of the era. The performance will also include a glimpse into the careers of Jewish artists Bob Dylan, Carole King and Neil Sedaka to further increase awareness about Jewish artists and their role in the nation’s music industry.
“What most people don’t know is that a lot African-American artists and songwriters really liked Leiber and Stoller’s music and were shocked when they found out they were Jewish, yet they continued to collaborate with them composing countless songs and hits such as “Stand by Me,” said David Schendowich of the Breman Museum. “We are excited to promote the event and to partner with the AJMF and Theatrical Outfit”
The performance is produced by Theatrical Outfit and Adam Koplan who is heavily involved in the local music scene.
The Breman museum also held full-fledged conversations with AJMF Executive Director Russell Gottschalk to further promote the event. “Russell was very helpful for us and is a great promoter,” said Schendowich.
“I am happy to serve as marketing partner in staging the Molly Blank Concert Series in its fourth season at the Breman museum,” Gottschalk said. The concert is sure to captivate audiences of all ages and raise awareness about a critical era in music important to the Jewish community and nation’s history.”