Great Moments in Vinyl plays tribute to The Rolling Stones

February 23, 2018 • Joliet Area Historical Museum • Joliet, IL

The Rolling Stones may have made their debut in the ‘60s, but it was in the ‘70s that they came into their own.  The band launched into that brand new decade with the bold proclamation that they were The Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World, and then proceeded to confirm it with their first studio album of the ‘70s, Sticky Fingers.  

As the ‘70s wore on, the Stones fell from critical grace and seemed to lose their distinctive bite.  By the end of that era, the emergence of punk rock and the popularity of disco made many of rock music’s pioneers seem old and in the way.  Not so the Stones.  With their final studio album of the decade, Some Girls, they proved they still had plenty of reasons for us music fans to sit up and take notice. 

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Great Moments in Vinyl plays tribute to Jimi Hendrix

March 3, 2018 • Wire • Berwyn, IL

The man’s career can only be described in superlatives.  Best.  Greatest.  Most innovative.  Most influential.  According to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Jimi Hendrix was “arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock”, while Rolling Stone put him at the top of their list of “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.”  

Great Moments in Vinyl returns to Wire for a narrated concert featuring two of Jimi Hendrix’s most widely acclaimed recordings, his debut releases Are You Experienced and Axis: Bold as Love.

Credit for coming up with the band name goes to one of Jimi's managers.  It was he who recognized what was in store for listeners.  This was not music you would simply listen to and walk away from.  It was going to be an “experience.”

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Great Moments in Vinyl plays tribute to Led Zeppelin

April 14, 2018 • Martyrs' • Chicago, IL

When Led Zeppelin went to work on a new album at the beginning of 1974, they expected it would be another single record like their previous release, Houses of the Holy.  But the recording sessions turned out to be especially productive, and the band came up with over 50 minutes of music.  In fact, they felt so strongly about the tracks they’d laid down (“real belters” Robert Plant called them later), they couldn’t imagine which ones to leave out in order to create a typical 20-minutes-a-side LP.  

Their solution?  Make their next release a two-record set.  And with that in mind, they began culling through the songs that didn’t make the cut on their previous four releases.  The end result was the impressive double album Physical Graffiti:  eight new songs, freshly recorded, plus another seven tracks that had been rescued from the Zeppelin archives. 

Great Moments in Vinyl plays tribute to Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti, Saturday, April 14th at Martyrs’.  Featuring all the songs from that legendary album plus stories about the music and the musicians who created it.  Performed by Judith Weirauch, Alton Smith, Scott Tipping, Phil Roach, Benji Shefler, and William Lindsey Cochran.

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Great Moments in Vinyl plays a FREE tribute to The Grateful Dead

April 26, 2018 • Lake Forest College • Lake Forest, IL

They were born in the psychedelic Sixties, but as the decade came to an end, The Grateful Dead took a step back from their sonic experimentation and dug deep into the Americana flavors of folk music.  The results were two albums that were both accessible and successful.  As lyricist Robert Hunter explained,

"It was a surprise to us – as it was to everybody else: this machine-eating, monster-psychedelic band is suddenly putting out sweet, listenable material."

Like the title says, this one is a free concert!


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