Why is Rock & Roll?

Why Is Rock & Roll?

A Two-Man Play, Rock Concert, and TED Talk

ROCK HILL, SC – Fort Mill’s own, Jay White and his cohort, Jim Alger are performing Why is Rock & Roll? at Sullivan Middle School, 1825 Eden Terrace, Rock Hill, SC 29730, on Saturday, March 11 at 7:30 PM. This two-man show premiered at Spoleto in 2015.

Why is Rock & Roll? is an upbeat history of music that uses the "fourth wall" between the actors and audience like a sliding glass door. One minute, Jay and Jim are speaking directly to the audience about the importance of Elvis' first single, and the next, they have morphed into Bob Dylan and John Lennon (complete with wigs and jackets), and are discussing music at the famed Delmonico Hotel.

Complete with a full cocktail drum kit, a keyboard, and countless period guitars, White and Alger play pieces of over 40 songs covering everything from Bill Haley and the Comets to Elvis, The Beatles, Chuck Berry, The Who, Jim Morrison, The Supremes, and many, many more. In addition to the music, they make many references to the "behind the scenes" movers and shakers like Sam Phillips, Berry Gordy and Ed Sullivan. The timing is chronological, so the audience will see the rapid progression of music through American events like Bob Dylan's performance at Martin Luther King, Jr.'s I Have a Dream speech, to the Nixon/Elvis meeting, to Woodstock. It's a fun combination of a two-man play, rock concert, and TED Talk. | http://www.yorkcountyarts.org/2016-17-on-tour-rock-roll

Jay White was born and raised in Fort Mill, and he's one-of-a-kind. To commemorate the 75th anniversary of his grandfather's 700-mile bike trip in 1939 to promote Rock Hill as a “good town,” Jay jumped on a bike similar to his grandfather’s 1936 Columbia Manufacturing Inc. one-speed cruiser, and recreated the ride, stopping at many of the cities and towns that his grandfather visited between Rock Hill and Flushing, NY.

Why is Rock & Roll?, presented by Williams & Fudge, is a part of the Arts Council of York County’s On Tour! Performing Arts Series. Tickets are available in advance - $15 for members of the Arts Council of York County; $20 for the general public, and at the door - $25, no discounts. Tickets may be purchased online at yorkcountyarts.org, at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC or by phone at (803)328-2787.

The Arts Council is headquartered in downtown Rock Hill, a state-recognized cultural district. For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803-328-2787, by email at arts@yorkcountyarts.org, or visit our webpage at http://www.yorkcountyarts.org.