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TONIGHT! LIVE! CARNEGIE HALL!! We Celebrate the Incredible Artistry of Mr. Bill Withers!

October 1, 2015

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In his brief career, Bill Withers wrote some indelible hits, enough to get him inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year. But since quitting the music business in the mid-1980s, Withers has been so low-key, so media-shy, that most people wouldn’t recognize him if he sat down next to them. In fact that happened once at a restaurant in Los Angeles.

“Yeah, Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles up on Pico. These ladies looked like they had just come from church or something, and they were talking about this Bill Withers song — so, I was going to have some fun with them,” he explains. “I said, ‘I’m Bill Withers.’ And this lady said, ‘You ain’t no Bill Withers. You too light-skinned to be Bill Withers.’ Even after I showed them my driver’s license, they weren’t buying it.”

Withers is getting some proper recognition this week with a Thursday-night tribute concert at Carnegie Hall called “Lean On Him.” Artists will perform songs Withers played in that very space four decades ago, the recordings of which would becomeLive at Carnegie Hall, which Rolling Stone included in its list of the 50 Greatest Live Albums of All Time.

It’s a safe bet the show will include a rendition of its namesake, “Lean on Me,” a song Withers says he wrote about his friends and neighbors as a child. The singer grew up in a coal town in West Virginia, and was first man in his family not to work in the mines. And tonight you can catch Bill Withers and friends old and new at one of the most exciting musical events to hit this town in a very long time.

Here is the amazzzzing line up;

Ed Sheeran
Aloe Blacc
Amos Lee
Keb’ Mo’
Michael McDonald
Gregory Porter
Kathy Mattea
Ledisi
Dr. John
Branford Marsalis
Jonathan Butler
Anthony Hamilton

…and many more surprises….

Get up, Get out, and Get there!

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