Musical revue showcasing Houston’s contribution to the evolution of music

 benefits Music Doing Good and Houston Blues Museum

Houston, Texas, April 26, 2018… The heartbeat of life is punctuated by music.  From the dawn of time, music has had a profound impact on civilization, shaping history in unimaginable ways. Consider the role music played in the fall of the Soviet Union, the civil rights movement and so much more.   With roots in both African and European cultures, what started as field hollers by Slaves on the plantation grew into the blues, jazz, gospel, funk and soul with musicians like Blind Lemon Jefferson, Leadbelly, Robert Johnson, Louis Armstrong, etc. leading the way. Songs like Little Richard’s “Tutti Frutti,” Bill Haley and Big Joe Turner’s “Shake, Rattle and Roll” and Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” are just the tip of the iceberg.  Hear them all May 18 at 7 p.m. when The Barry Sea Paradox band takes to the stage with its new musical revue WHO PUT THE “H” IN RHYTHM & BLUES: 80 SONGS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD—performed live at AD Players, George Theater.

What does the “H” stand for?  Houston of course.  Houston has strong ties to many of the hits that rocked the world.  Find out what Elvis Pressley hit was created in Houston, why Ringo Starr wanted to move to H-Town and how rhythm and blues was launched here.   Wikipedia has nothing on this not to be missed, funky, get out of your seats and dance, celebration of music and musical facts.

What is rock and roll, really?  When was funk first played?  What musical genre has been the most globally-influential?  WHO PUT THE “H” IN RHYTHM & BLUES: 80 SONGS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD will entertain, expand your musical mind, and much more.


Proceeds from the show benefit the, Music Doing Good and Houston Blues Museum. All local not-for-profit organizations committed to keeping music alive in Houston.

Show creator Barry “Sea” Siegel is a blues aficionado.  His passion for jazz, rock ‘n roll and R & B is why he founded The Barry Sea Paradox in the first place.  He, and his wife Bobbie, met at a live music club in New York where Bobbie played the drums.  Bobbie, readily admits her groove was inspired by her mentor, legendary drummer, Bernard Purdie. That shared love of R&B has been a mainstay in the couple’s lives and they love sharing it with others.  “At a time when everything we see and hear in the news is tearing us apart, music is something that can bring us

together,” said Siegel.  “Music is a unifier and we want to invite Houstonians to this show.  We promise you’ll not only have a blast, but also learn something new about your favorite songs.  And, have the chance to help bring music to the youth of Houston through several incredible music organizations,” added Siegel.

The Barry Sea Paradox band members include:  Siegel on saxophone and vocals, Bobbie Sea Siegel on drums and vocals, Kenne’ Smith, (musical director), keyboards and vocals, Anne LeSear, vocals, Morris “Monk” Barnes, bass and vocals and Steve Hitt, guitar and vocals.

Tickets for WHO PUT THE “H” in RHYTHM AND BLUES: 80 SONGS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD are $40 in advance; $45 at the door.   VIP tickets are available for $50.  Show time is 7 p.m. -10 p.m., Friday May 18 at the AD Players George Theater, 5420 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX 77056.  Purchase tickets: http://www.barrysea.com/event/.

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