11/30/17: Bruce Hornsby “The Way It Is” 

Bruce Hornsby is the guy whose music is in my head today, and he’s come a long way from “Bobby Hi-Test & The Octanes!” That’s the band that Bruce’s older brother started back when he was in high school in Virginia, with the express purpose of playing at fraternity parties. Bruce was in that band playing the keyboard, and it would eventually turn out to be his life’s work!

Bruce Hornsby grew up close to Williamsburg, Virginia, and he played basketball in high school – unsurprising, since he’s 6’4”! He received a degree from the University of Miami, but also studied music at the University of Richmond and Berklee! His outfit, Bruce Hornsby & The Range, hit it big in 1987 as “New Artist of The Year” with a great song called “The Way It Is.” The tune had a strong message against intolerance and prejudice. That song was followed by some other hit records, and a huge helping of mainstream success. I’ve always considered that first breakout hit to be one of his best, though.

These days, Bruce Hornsby is well respected as a singer, songwriter, and well-rounded musician. He’s played on stage in the studio with Bonnie Raitt, The Grateful Dead, Eric Clapton, Sting, The Dave Matthews Band, Bob Dylan, Hall & Oates, and even Don Henley! If that’s not an impressive list of references, I don’t know what is, and Hornsby’s musical resume includes a variety of style from county and bluegrass to blues and jazz. He’s played Motown music, dabbled in folk, and sang gospel… and don’t forget that good ol’ fashioned rock n’ roll!

He’s sold thousands upon thousands of records and by all accounts, in spite of his acclaim and success, Bruce has remained a humble and down-to-earth guy. Maybe that’s just the way he is.

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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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