Legend Bo Diddley and Friends to Appear at Center for the Arts

Posted: October 25, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Bo Diddley is an artist with legendary stature and a remarkable five-decade career. Called “The Originator” for his role in the birth of rock ’n roll and his impact on the direction of popular music over the decades, he had such hits as “Bo Diddley,” “I’m a Man,” “Who Do You Love?” and “Roadrunner.”

He will bring his trademark sound to George Mason’s Center for the Arts on Saturday, Nov. 4, at 8 p.m. in a concert including sets by bluesman and GRAMMY award winner Alvin Youngblood Hart and Ruthie Foster, who has been compared to Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin.

Diddley celebrated his 50th anniversary in music last year, and the 78-year-old powerhouse shows no signs of slowing down as he continues to entertain and inspire new generations of musicians.

With a rhythm that evolved on the streets of Chicago — “the Bo Diddley beat” — he caught the attention of Chess Records in 1955, creating a double-sided hit with “Bo Diddley/I’m a Man.”

During the next several years, Diddley played on several Chuck Berry recordings, including “Memphis Tennessee” and “Sweet Little Rock and Roller,” while recording some of his own hits like “Diddy Wah Diddy” and “Who Do You Love?” He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

Alvin Youngblood Hart was nominated for 2003’s “Best Traditional Blues Album,” and received the 1997 W.C. Handy Award for “Best New Artist.” His 2000 recording, “Soul,” was named one of the New York Times’ Top 10 Releases, as well as the BBC’s Blues Record of the Year.

Ruthie Foster’s performing style is a hybrid of blues, gospel, roots and folk music. Foster has performed on Austin City Limits and in numerous festivals and venues, including a 2004 UK tour with Eric Bibb.

A pre-performance discussion will be held 45 minutes prior to the event on the Hall’s Grand Tier.

This performance is part of the American Echoes series of performances sponsored by Verizon Federal Network Systems.

Tickets are $44, $36 and $22. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or www.tickets.com.

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