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Jews Who Rock: A Musical History Tour

Bob Dylan. Beastie Boys. Paula Abdul. Neil Diamond. The Ramones. Drake. P!nk. Steely Dan. And Many More!
This exciting exhibit examines the Jewish influences in rock and roll and popular music through representational sampling of the countless singers, songwriters, musicians, concert promoters and record company executives who worked on stage and behind the scenes to build a musical foundation and rich legacy which continues to thrive today. Well before the birth of rock and roll more than 60 years ago, music inspired and was inspired by historical, cultural and social events. Arrangements and beats originating in Eastern Europe and Russia crossed the Atlantic to America where they found footing at Tin Pan Alley and fused with diverse sounds to create scores to delight theater and movie going audiences on both coasts before permeating the nation and nearly every melodic category to become part of the world's collective musical consciousness where it continues to influence the industries cutting edge. Through biographies and stories exploring the breadth and diversity of rock, and artifacts, including concert posters, records, books and photographs, this exhibit illustrates the importance of Jews in the evolution and popularity of this genre of contemporary music

Presenting Sponsors - Anonymous Foundation, Gene & Ruth Posner Foundation
Promoters - Friebert, Finnerty & St. John, Kevin & Meg Kinney, Krukowski & Costello, S.C., Moshe & Debra Katz
Disc Jockeys - Jim & Nancy Barnett, Moog Foundation
Other - Heidi Rattner

Programming Partners: Arts@Large, Peck School of the Arts at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, PJ Library, School of Rock, Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, Young Jewish Adults of Milwaukee

Member Preview: Talk and Discussion with Piet Levy
Thursday, April 24, 7:00 pm

Cost: $8 per person – includes wine and dessert reception; RSVP by clicking here.

Public Opening
Sunday, April 27, Noon – 4:00 pm

Bring family and friends to ROCK OUT!
Cost: Free with Museum Admission

JMM After Hours: Jews Who Rock
Thursday, May 15, 7:00 - 9:00

Meet, schmooze, network and just have a good time with other young Jewish professionals from throughout the Milwaukee area. Enjoy drinks (from Karma Bar & Grill) and snacks while engaging in fun, cultural activities – including trivia about the artists included in Jews Who Rock with Trivia Master, Ari Domnitz. This is part of the regular programming that YJAM, MJF and JMM will provide for changing exhibits for this exciting After Hours series! With support from the BYFI Alumni Venture Fund.
Cost: $8 per person, Free for Museum Members

PJ Library and JMM Present: JEWS WHO ROCK, The Concert!
Featuring the House Band from School of Rock
Sunday, June 22, 4:00 pm

Celebrate Jews Who Rock: A Musical History Tour with a special set list, featuring the house band from School of Rock and a story from PJ Library! School of Rock: Teaching kids to rock onstage and in life!

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