Rock & Pop, Seasonal Special Happenings

Hall & Oates

When: Wed., June 24, 8 p.m. 2015

Believe it or not, the Hall & Oates' Hall of Fame induction in 2014 was a controversial topic for those who only consider the work that the Philadelphia-bred duo did together in the '80s. That somehow makes them less worthy in the eyes of some — which is kind of funny, because really, shouldn't they be eligible on the strength of that period of songwriting alone? However you want to frame it, when you take away the decades of hits, the albums and concert tickets that have been sold, you're left with the most important thing: the influence that Daryl Hall and John Oates have had as musicians and songwriters on generations of people who are making music now. Just witness the words of Questlove, the Grammy-winning drummer for the Roots (presently, the house band for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon) and a fellow Philly native, who honored the importance of their contributions during his speech inducting them into the Rock Hall. It was their work with David Ruffin and Eddie Kendrick of the Temptations in the mid-'80s that would spark new interest in both the Temptations and classic Motown, Questlove said, while noting that because their songs covered so many different genres, "their music became prized amongst hip-hop artists." Hall & Oates "cross all of the boundaries, because that's what great music does." Expect to hear lots of boundary crossing at tonight's show. (Matt Wardlaw)

Price: $59.50-$87.50

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