50s and 60s Style – Rock Baby Rock at The Hard Rock Cafe Chicago (January 4, 2016)

Million Dollar Quartet’s run in Chicago is ending, but you can still enjoy Lance Lipinsky’s portrayal of Jerry Lee Lewis in Rock Baby Rock. The show features Lipinsky and the Lovers performing songs from the first two decades of Rock & Roll. Before each number, Lance explains the history of the song and reveals pieces of memorabilia which are on display in the The Hard Rock Café Chicago. In one segment, the musicians perform “Shake Rattle & Roll” in three different styles, as the song was varied when played by three different artists in the 1950s.

Two female singers join the men on stage and are introduced as The Lovettes. Together they sing “Mr Lee” by The Bobbettes (https://open.spotify.com/track/0TldeVYuHpAJaU7zAZsNXD). The harmonies are excellent! Modern music should take note as beautiful harmonies with talented singers are a bit lacking today.

Towards the end of the night, they perform a few Beatles tracks. These tunes provide a contrast to previous songs, which demonstrate the shift in rock music that the Beatles started. Lance’s expertise is demonstrated when he plays two songs from MDQ, “Great Balls of Fire” and “Whole Lotta Shakin Goin’ On”. Lance proclaims that the show will live on through these songs, “hopefully for a long time”! Catch Rock Baby Rock on Mondays and Tuesdays now!

Quinn Delaney

 

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