First Friday / Talk + Live Music

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June 1, 2012 / 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Art Center Lobby
Admission $5 (members FREE)

FIRST FRIDAY: Bob Tyler & the Reckless Hearts / 5 - 8 pm
TALK + LIVE MUSIC: The Coming of Rock and Roll / 6:30 pm

Start the weekend off right with First Friday. Enjoy an incredible mix of live music with some
of the best musicians in town. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and world-class
art round out the evening.

This week, enjoy Michael Lasser, Music Historian and Host of National Public Radio’s
“Fascinatin’ Rhythm”, accompanied with live music performed by Bob Tyler & the Reckless Hearts.

The Fifties marked the beginning of widespread affluence and what someone would eventually
call “the country of the young.” When white teenagers discovered rhythm & blues in the early
1950s, and then whites began to write and sing it for white audiences, disc jockey Alan Freed
dubbed the music “rock and roll.” In March 1953, Freed drew 80,000 teenagers to a Cleveland
stadium that seated 10,000. Something called “youth culture” was arriving at much the same time
as Abstract Expressionism in the world of art. The music was loud and raucous, with jangling
electric guitars, driving rhythms, and a strong accent on the offbeat that suggested something
disruptive, overheated—even defiant. It was, in its way, the audio version of what Jackson Pollock
and Willem de Kooning were painting.

Abstract Expressionism is often compared to jazz because both are essentially improvisational,
but while jazz in the 1950s was cool, the paintings were hot, strident, and in the viewer’s face.
The energy beneath cool jazz often remained implicit; the music became increasingly buttoned up.
But both Abstract Expressionism and rock flaunted their vitality and their sexual combustion—hot
music and hot art.

Performing together since 2007, Bob Tyler & the Reckless Hearts feature an eclectic, yet authentic
blend of honky tonk, rockabilly, and rock 'n roll. 

View the full Summer on the Hill schedule here.


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