Music Tonight: This evening you can celebrate the birthday of Scotland's great poet Robert Burns (pictured) in a fitting setting — downtown gastropub Nicholson's. The Scottish restaurant is joining in on the Burns Night tradition (also known as a Burns supper), which was started near the end of the 18th century by a group of Burns' friends to celebrate the anniversary of his death (July 21, 1796). The Burns supper tradition was later moved to celebrate the birthday of Burns, originally thought to be Jan. 29. In the early 1800s, it was discovered that he was actually born on Jan. 25; the celebration now occurs on or around that date annually. And around the world. Nicholson's Burns Night party starts at 7 p.m. Along with such ceremonial traditions as the "entrance of the Haggis," whereby Burns' poem "Address to a Haggis" is read before the culinary curiosity is sliced, the event will feature food (of the non-Haggis variety), drinks, toasts galore and the lively traditional Celtic Folk sounds of rowdy local crew Unlucky Charms. —-
Momentous Happenings in Music History for January 23
On this day in 1986, the first induction ceremony for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame took place, not in the city that houses the Hall (Cleveland), but rather New York City, where the danger of a river catching fire isn't as immediate. Though bitching about Rock Hall inductions is a popular sport, it's hard to argue with the first class inducted — James Brown, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly, The Everly Brothers, Chuck Berry, Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, Little Richard and Elvis Presley. Other inductees included Robert Johnson, Jimmie Rogers, Jimmy Yancey, John Hammonds, Sam Philips and Alan Freed.
The inaugural ceremony ended with an unexpected all-star jam, which became one of the hallmarks of the induction ceremonies in future years. Meanwhile, John Fogerty notably performed his CCR hit "Proud Mary," which was the first time he had played a song by his old band in public since 1972 (due to legal quarrels with his old label). Check the raw footage from that moment below:
Born This Day: Musical movers and shakers born Jan. 23 include: Singer for classic Rock/Power Pop band Cheap Trick, Robin Zander (1953); R&B star Anita Baker (1958); bassist for hit British Reggae/Pop act UB40, Earl Falconer (1957); and Jazz pioneer, guitarist Django Reinhardt (1910).
Reinhardt's music continues to find an audience with each successive generation. You can discover bands performing "Gypsy Jazz" (Django's trademark style) all over the world, played by musicians of all ages. One of Cincinnati's most beloved bands, The Faux Frenchmen, plays his music and their own music inspired by Django around town on a regular basis. In honor of what would have been Django's 102nd birthday, check out the Frenchmen on WNKU performing as part of an earlier birthday celebration of the legend's life and work.