Rock & Pop, Seasonal Special Happenings

Leon Russell

When: Sat., July 19, 8 p.m. 2014

Bands such as Mumford & Sons and the Avett Brothers have signaled a renewed interested in all things Americana as they've won huge awards and gained devoted followers for a signature mix of country, folk and rock. But the genre started with artists like Leon Russell rocking it out from behind the keys of a piano. Russell has collaborated with just about everyone in rock 'n' roll, from Jerry Lee Lewis to Elton John on the duo's critically acclaimed 2010 album The Union. The album's single, "If It Wasn't For Bad", was nominated for a Grammy and widely considered to be some of the best work by the long-time artists in years. However, songs like "Humming Bird" epitomize the Americana style for which this legendary artist is known. Russell is touring in support of his new studio album, Life Journey, a collection of covers and originals produced by local hero Tommy LiPuma. Tonight's concert, a benefit for the local non-profit the Human Fund, will be preceded by a performance by a group of students from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. All proceeds go to the All-City Arts Program. (Niesel)

Price: $150

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