Feb. 18-23


Orpheum Theater

409 S. 16th St.

Tues-Thurs: 7:30 p.m. Fri: 8 p.m. Sat: 2 & 8 p.m. Sun: 1:30 & 7 p.m.

Tickets: $30-$90http://www.omahaperformingarts.org

Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley surge forth again, not as museum replicas, nor exploitative impersonations, but as soulful, gutsy, down-home, full-blown talents. In 1956, almost by accident, they collectively moseyed into a Memphis’ Sun Records studio which gave birth to their careers, This depicts that real, one-time gathering, mostly doing so in a mighty fine bunch of 23 songs. Recall, mind, how such southern white guys learned to emulate rhythm and blues from black singers, soul singers and down-home back- country guitarists. Out of those fundamental sources, these good buddies began doing their own things, making names for themselves, making hits, making big bucks, the music and words sounding like the origins even when it was their own new stuff. In their 20s, they were there when rock and roll was being born. Great balls of fire, there’s a whole lot of shaking going on.

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