Great Moments in Vinyl Plays Tribute to Elton John


Jul 13, 2015 – 8:00 PM

3855 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60613 Map

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Great Moments in Vinyl Plays Tribute to Elton John

Those of us who play in Great Moments in Vinyl find each new show is like a journey. We start from a place of merely being familiar with an artist's songs and we travel to a deeper understanding of how that music got made. That's the road we took with U2 and The Police, the journey we went on with Bruce Springsteen and Fleetwood Mac, the treks we made with R. E. M. and Sinéad O'Connor. And for our next outing, we're heading back to the early years of one of the most engagingly flamboyant characters in rock. We'll track him down in the days before the fanciful eyeglasses, the platform shoes, and the colorful costumes. Those were the icing on the cake anyway (though they did make the performances more fun). From his very debut, this was a singer and pianist who had a powerful musical vision. And on two of his earliest albums, he sketched it out with bold, confident strokes, aided by a lyricist who wove tales about life's underdogs and outlaws that captured our imagination.

July 13th at Martyrs', join Great Moments in Vinyl as we play tribute to Elton John and his lyricist Bernie Taupin by performing Elton's albums Tumbleweed Connection and Madman Across the Water.

Vocalist and pianist Alton Smith leads the lineup with Richard Pettengill on guitar, Debbie Kaczynski on keyboards, Tommi Zender and drums and guitar, Peter Manis on drums, Bob Kessler on harmonica, Jerry Paulson on pedal steel, Jennifer Baker on cello, William Lindsey Cochran on bass, plus a full string section, and more.

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