Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Booker T. Jones will bring his band to Newton North High School on Saturday, November 17, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds from “Songs and Stories from the Birth of Soul" will support the work of Historic Newton, which inspires discovery and engagement in our community’s stories through education, stewardship, and performance as a living tradition of American history. Tickets and information are now available.
As the architect of one of the first racially integrated rock bands (Booker T. and the M.G.'s), Booker T. Jones originated the sound of modern soul music, creating classic hits like “Green Onions” and backing artists ranging from Otis Redding, Mavis Staples and Neil Young to Ray Charles, Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan. In a career that has spanned nearly 60 years, including recent collaborations with bands The Roots and Drive-By Truckers, Jones has become one of the most famous Hammond B3 organ players in history.
“For the past five years, Historic Newton has been presenting concerts by musicians who perform historic American styles of music,” said Lisa Dady, director of Historic Newton. “We’re thrilled that Booker T. will help us continue this living tradition.”
Called “one of the legends of soul music” by The New Yorker, Jones has produced classic albums such as Willie Nelson’s multi-platinum hit “Stardust” and Bill Withers’ “Just As I Am,” featuring the hit song “Ain’t No Sunshine”. Booker T. also lent his trademark keyboard chops to some of these classics. As for his solo career, Booker T. ’s albums “Potato Hole” (2009) and “The Road From Memphis” (2011) both won GRAMMY Awards for Best Pop Instrumental Album. Jones is currently working on a new recording project, writing his memoir, and touring worldwide with his solo band.
The “Songs and Stories from the Birth of Soul" concert with Booker T. and his band is sponsored by Wayne Towle Master Finishing and Restoration, Meyer and Meyer Architecture and Interior, Brookline Bank, DHK Financial Services, and Schnee Architects.
General admission tickets to the concert range from $85 to $55. Individual sponsor tickets start at $150 per person. All sponsors are invited to join Historic Newton after the concert for a festive after party with Booker T. Jones. For more information, please call 617-796-1450.