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Saturday, February 24, 2007

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Solomon Burke at State Theater

The State Theater hosts its first performance by a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when Solomon Burke, "The King of Rock and Soul", appears this Thursday, 1 March.

Mr. Burke was a contemporary and colleague of Ray Charles at Atlantic Records in the 1950s and '60s. Like Charles, Burke was a crossover artist who had chart-topping hits in soul, blues, rock, and country.

Burke was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, and won a Grammy for his subsequent album in 2002. He has a new album, "Nashville", that features duets with some of the greatest female talent in country music: Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, Patty Loveless, and Gillian Welch.

Burke's songs have been covered by the Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen, among many others. Tom Waits calls him "one of the architects of American music."

Mr. Burke will appear on the Late Night with Conan O'Brian on NBC on Monday, 26 February, before his State Theater performance. The following week, Burke performs at B.B. King's Blues Club in New York City.

The Ithaca Calvary Baptist Church Choir opens the show in welcoming this legendary figure to Ithaca.

Stephen Burke
for Ithaca Blog

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