Sometimes, music says exactly what we'd like to say. Sometimes, music says exactly what we need to hear. The Great Migration brought many changes to Northern Cities over 50 years, from 1915 thru 1965, as African American communities from the South moved North for a fresh start and brought their music, food and culture with them.
No other city was impacted more than Chicago - especially for music - it was in Chicago that the 3 pillars of American Music: Blues, Jazz, and Gospel saw the greatest evolution! Louis Armstrong, Thomas Dorsey, Mahalia Jackson, Muddy Waters…all have an influential role in Chicago. Over the next few decades, the music will continue to evolve, especially with Swing from Jazz, Soul from Gospel, and Rock n’ Roll from Blues! Several music legends performed, recorded and lived in Chicago. We see our tour this afternoon will visit the legendary hit factory Chess Records (now Blues Heaven Foundation). The studio was home to many artists who brought music to our ears and hearts, including Etta James' recording of “At Last", and Chuck Berry's "Johnny Be Goode." Between 1957 and 1967, brothers Leonard and Phil Chess made this modes facility the creative home for artists such as Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Howlin’ Wolf, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, and Maurice White! Its history inspired the Rolling Stones to record their first American album and the Yardbirds to record here in the mid-60s.
Next, we will enjoy an included dinner at the iconic House of Blues.
This evening we will take our seats in the lower balcony at The Nederlander Theatre for MJ, the Tony Award-winning new musical centering on Michael Jackson’s 1993 Dangerous World Tour. The music. The showmanship. The icon. MJ offers not just Michael Jackson’s singular moves and signature sound, but also a thrilling glimpse into the creative spirit that created the biggest pop superstar the world has ever known. Seating is located in the lower balcony.
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