Benjamin Verdery does it all. When Karen Herlitz from Rockport Music sent me the program for Sunday’s concert with Ben Verdery, I said, Really? Bach & Hendrix in the same concert? Mozart & Prince? Elivs? Actually he’ll play Don’t Be Cruel
written by Otis Blackwell, who also wrote Elvis hits All Shook Up & Return to Sender, along with Great Balls of Fire & Breathless for Jerry Lee Lewis. But it’s Fever, which he co-wrote with Eddie Cooley, that makes Otis Blackwell one of my favorite songwriters. You can listen to Ella Fitzgerald sing Fever here (my favorite version for a lot of reasons) … But I digress …
How can anybody play such a diverse repertoire in a single concert without losing the audience in a swirl of confusion. Well, just listen to this:
Now don’t you want to hear what he does with Bach, Mozart, Prince and Otis Blackwell? Well you can on Sunday in one of the most acoustically perfect places on Earth. Aren’t you glad you live nearby? There are still good seats left. Get them here.
Just for fun, here’s Hendrix’s version of the song live in 1970.
Inspired? Now check out this weekend’s spectacular live music schedule with 35 live shows on Cape Ann starting tonight.