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ROCK'S 'ORIGINATOR' - BO DIDDLEY -- NOVEMBER 4

October 13, 2006
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS PRESENTS ROCK AND ROLL INNOVATOR
BO DIDDLEY & FRIENDS
Rock ‘n roll’s “Originator” shares bill with
Alvin Youngblood Hart
And
Ruthie Foster

Saturday, November 4, 2006


Fairfax, Virginia, October 9, 2006—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, his hits include “Bo Diddley,” “I’m a Man,” “Who Do You Love,” and “Roadrunner.” Bo Diddley brings his trademark sound to George Mason’s Center for the Arts on Saturday, November 4, 2006 at 8:00 p.m. in a concert including sets by bluesman Alvin Youngblood Hart (GRAMMY award winner for his contribution to Beautiful Dreamer—the Songs of Stephen Foster in 2005) and Ruthie Foster (she’s been compared to Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin). A pre-performance discussion is held 45-minutes prior to the event on the Hall’s Grand Tier.

2005 marked Bo Diddley’s 50th anniversary in music, 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”—Diddley 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 received his GRAMMY in 2005; he was also 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’s 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. “The energy she brings with just voice and guitar is stunning,” raves The Philadelphia City Paper, continuing, “it’s impossible to look away, even close the eyes, for one second.” Foster has performed on Austin City Limits and in numerous festivals and venues, including a 2004 UK tour with Eric Bibb.

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This Performance of Bo Diddley and Friends is part of the
American Echoes series of performances sponsored by
VERIZON FEDERAL NETWORK SYSTEMS

Tickets for BO DIDDLEY AND FRIENDS are $44, $36, $22. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa