11/30/17: Steve Winwood “Back In The High Life Again” 

The voice in my head cannot be confused with anyone else’s voice. Steve Winwood has never sounded like anyone else, and still doesn’t! He’s 69 now, and his voice sounds the same as it did when he was 15!  He was just starting out with the Spencer Davis Group. Back then he was known as “Stevie” Winwood. He can play just about every musical instrument out there: guitar, bass, drums, violin, mandolin — you name it, he can probably get a tune out of it. He’s best known as a keyboard player, but his finest instrument is his voice. Winwood has sung not only with Spencer Davis, but also with Traffic and Blind Faith, and, of course, he’s had a great deal of success as a solo artist as well. He’s one of the most admired and respected superstars out there.

Over the years, this talented Englishman has performed and recorded with Eric Clapton, Roger Daltrey, Rod Stewart, Bonnie Raitt and so many others. Plus, in the early days, he sang backup with legendary blues artists, such as Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf, and B.B. King. He has said that he modeled his singing after Ray Charles. Just listen to these great tunes recorded with one group or another:  “Keep On Running,” “Gimme Some Lovin’,” “I’m A Man,” “Paper Sun,” “The Low Spark of High Heel Boys,” “Dear Mr. Fantasy” and “Can’t Find My Way Home.” As a solo artist, there’s “Higher Love,” and “Valerie” and “Roll With It” and “While You See A Chance” and “The Finer Things.” And the one that’s echoing in my head today,”Back In The High Life,” which also happens to feature the voice of another great singer and songwriter, Chapel Hill’s own James Taylor.

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After playing a show at The Cat’s Cradle in July, at Local 506 in August, The Carrboro Music Festival in September; and The Southern Village Green in November,  the School of Rock students’ next BIG public LIVE performance will be Saturday January 6th at the Pittsboro Roadhouse.

At 1pm, its “Rock Goddesses” with Music from Stevie Nicks, Tina Turner, Janis Joplin and More. This is followed at 3pm with the songs of Led Zeppelin I and II. January 6th at the Pittsboro Roadhouse, put it on your calendar now!

The School of Rock Chapel Hill is a music school located in the 501 Diner location on Fordham Blvd in front of Eastgate, in the Blue Hill District!

Why should the kids have all of the rock and roll fun? The School of Rock Offers adult programs as well. It is never too late to learn how to rock!

Locally owned, locally operated, locally staffed, locally sourced instruments, and locally built!

You are invited to stop in for a tour or schedule a free demo session. Their hours are Monday-Thursday 3PM-9PM and Saturday 10AM-4PM!  

Learn how to play a real rock and roll song in just 30 minutes!

School of Rock Grand Opening

AND, through a partnership with the Public School Foundation; they’ll donate 1% of their gross revenue to support music in the local public schools, so help bring music to our community and enroll today!

Click Here to See Photos of the Grand Opening Celebration!

Sign-up at chapelhill.schoolofrock.com, or call 919-338-1011.


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