The GRAMMY Museum will unearth the history and evolution of the "Rare Groove" movement, considered to be the second wave of funk and soul, with an intimate evening of conversation hosted by KCRW’s Jeremy Sole and featuring musicians Gabriel Roth (Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Daptone Records); James Gadson (Bill Withers, Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band); Miles Tackett (Breakestra, Funky Sole); Fanny Franklin (Orgone, Macy Gray, Dakah Hip Hop Orchestra); and Todd Simon (Ethio Cali, Breakestra, Kelis, Quantic). Rare Groove pays homage to the “Butterfunk” era spanning from the mid-1960s to the early 1970s—when artists were recreating soul and funk music. During the early 1990s, pioneers of the genre such as The Poets of Rhythm (Germany) and the Soul Providers (early predecessor to the Dap-Kings) released recordings of dirty and dusty tracks reminiscent of James Brown and the New Orleans sound of Eddie Bo. This “new” sound (sometimes incorporating elements of jazz, hip hop, reggae, Afrobeat or Latin rhythms) went on to create a sensation across the globe inspiring future projects such as Breakestra, Orgone, The Quantic Soul Orchestra, New Mastersounds, The Bamboos, and El Michels Affair. Luminaries such as Amy Winehouse, Sharon Jones, and Charles Bradley found success via the Rare Groove movement.
Rare Groove: The 2nd Wave Of Funk & Soul
Ahead of the premiere of his all-new AXS TV original reality series “Real Money” on April 8, multi-platinum rock superstar Eddie Money will visit the GRAMMY Museum’s Clive Davis Theater for an intimate conversation and sneak peek at the first episode of his new show. The evening will be hosted by GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Scott Goldman, and will culminate with a special performance. “Real Money” follows the daily lives of Eddie Money as he deals with the struggles and joys of life at home with his wife, eight pets, and five talented children. With a legendary career spanning over 40 years, Eddie Money has long-established himself as one of rock’s most beloved entertainers. His journey to rock superstardom began in 1968 when he decided to follow his lifelong dream of becoming a musician after serving as a New York City policeman for two years. Exchanging his native Brooklyn for the blossoming Berkeley music scene, Money tirelessly worked the local clubs until 1976 when a chance encounter with legendary producer Bill Graham changed his life forever. Under Graham’s guidance, he signed with Columbia Records and took the world by storm with his celebrated self-titled debut album—a double-platinum success featuring the signature Money singles “Baby Hold On” and “Two Tickets To Paradise.” His star continued to rise on the strength of a slew of smash albums, Top 40 hits including “Take Me Home Tonight,” “Shakin’,” “Think I’m In Love,” “I Wanna Go Back,” and many more, and over 28 million records sold.
Featuring a post-screening Q&A with Billy Vera and director Alan Swyer
Often called "the most famous person most people have never heard of," Billy Vera is a singer/songwriter who has been said "to have a hit every 20 years whether he needs one or not." The first white male to play Harlem's famed Apollo as part of a duet with a black woman (Judy Clay), Vera has penned hits for artists as varied as Dolly Parton, Ricky Nelson, the Remains, and Lou Rawls, and had a No. 1 song called "At This Moment," whose journey is one of the miracles of the music business. Director Alan Swyer’s documentary Harlem To Hollywood gives a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to succeed in the music industry and build a career that stands the test of time. It is the story of a man who pursued his dream, faced struggles, had downfalls and victories, reached success and through it all stayed true to himself.
The film takes viewers from Vera’s early career in New York, performing at venues ranging from the Peppermint Lounge to Harlem’s legendary Apollo Theater, and onto his reinvention in Hollywood as leader of Billy Vera & the Beaters with his No. 1 hit, “At This Moment,” made famous on the TV sitcom “Family Ties.” The GRAMMY Museum will present a special screening of this film, followed by an intimate conversation moderated by GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Scott Goldman featuring Billy Vera and Alan Swyer.
Ahead of the release of her new album, Liberty, on March 30, the GRAMMY Museum welcomes Canadian singer/songwriter Lindi Ortega to the Clive Davis Theater for an intimate conversation and performance, hosted by Museum Executive Director Scott Goldman. A two-time Juno Award nominee and Canadian Country Music Association award winner, Ortega is an artist on the rise in the North American alt-country scene. Her upcoming release, Liberty, is a concept album, in which a central character emerges—one who finally sheds the darkness of her past and emerges into the light. The melodies and arrangements draw on the epic work of Oscar-winning composer Ennio Morricone, who became one of Ortega’s musical obsessions during the writing and recording of Liberty. Ortega enlisted Nashville producer Skylar Wilson (Justin Townes Earle, Rayland Baxter) when she discovered their shared passion for Quentin Tarantino movies. The sonic landscape of Liberty is also enhanced by Nashville band Steelism, known for their dramatic blend of pedal steel guitar and electric guitar, as well as Country Music Hall of Fame member Charlie McCoy on harmonica.
The GRAMMY Museum is thrilled to welcome GRAMMY® Award-winning multiplatinum-selling artists Charlie Musselwhite and Ben Harper to the Clive Davis Theater for a special evening of conversation and performance surrounding their new collaborative album, No Mercy In This Land (March 30). The evening will be hosted by GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Scott Goldman. The album is the first of new music from the pair since 2013’s Get Up!, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Blues Albums Chart and won a GRAMMY in 2014 for Best Blues Album. A musical expression of the kinship between the two, the album recounts both Musselwhite and Harper’s personal stories and adds to the sonic history of American struggle and survival.