Tickets are on sale now for The Isley Brothers’ Oct. 6 concert at JACK Casino Cincinnati. And you might want to act fast if you want to see Cincinnati natives Ronald and Ernie Isley live in their hometown — last year’s show at the casino was a sell-out. Tickets are $45.
Raised in Lincoln Heights and Blue Ash, the Isleys began playing music together in the mid-’50s. By the end of the decade, they’d moved to New York City and were well on their way to having one of the more remarkable careers in the latter half of 20th-century popular music, leaving a huge mark on R&B, Pop and Rock & Roll.
It’s staggering to look at the breadth of material the Isleys found success with since the group’s origins in Cincinnati 64 years ago. From “Shout,” “Twist and Shout” and “This Old Heart of Mine” through “Fight the Power,” “That Lady,” “It’s Your Thing” and beyond, an Isley Brothers’ greatest hits album would be worthy of sending to aliens if they wanted a sense of what this popular “music” thing we on this big blue marble love so much is all about. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the early-’90s — a no-brainer, though an argument could be made that they deserved to be among the first acts inducted within the first couple of years of inductions.