Neptune Theatre University District
Tue., April 21 2015 All Ages
Recommended by Kathy Fennessy
There might be people who haven’t heard of Leon Russell, but everyone’s heard his music, because he’s worked on stone-cold classics like the Byrds’ “Eight Miles High” and Ike & Tina Turner’s “River Deep, Mountain High.” Much like the late, great Billy Preston, the singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist was among the under-sung heroes of the 1970s. Aside from his session work (Dylan, Rolling Stones) and solo joints, most recently 2014’s Life Journey, he’s run labels and organized rock spectaculars, like Joe Cocker’s Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour (check the YouTube videos to revel in his sartorial splendor). In addition to this year’s engagements, 2015 represents the reemergence of Les Blank’s Russell documentary, A Poem Is a Naked Person, which will be making the theatrical rounds in July.