Let’s Go! Benjamin Orr and The Cars – Book Release Party with Joe Milliken & Concert with Moving In Stereo

Saturday
12
Jan

Amazing New Wave Tribute!

Just What You Needed

 

Why you should see this show…

The evening will begin with a 45 minute presentation by author Joe Milliken, followed by a 90 minute performance by Ohio’s Favorite Tribute to the Cars: Moving In Stereo. Moving in Stereo incorporates all of the sleek, innovative, new wave sound that put The Cars on the map, and you do not want to miss it as they bring this show to the Music Box. Moving in Stereo goes the extra mile with a show that spans The Cars’ entire discography, bringing you the sights and sounds of the Cars at the height of their powers.
 

Let's Go! Benjamin Orr
Benjamin Orr (born Orzechowski) was the co-founder, co-lead singer, and bassist for the platinum-selling rock band The Cars. Often considered the band’s heartthrob, Orr possessed an incredible voice, diverse musical talent, and rare stage presence, all balanced by an enigmatic personality and a relentless determination to reach rock stardom.

Originally from the Cleveland suburb of Parma Heights, Ben gravitated to music early in life (starting as a drummer at age ten) and during his sophomore year, left high school to concentrate fully on his music career. By the age of seventeen (1964), “Benny 11-Letters” was in one of Cleveland’s hottest bands, the Grasshoppers, which became a live house-band on the nationally syndicated Cleveland television music show Upbeat. Benny was a celebrity, performing onstage alongside such famous acts as Paul Revere & The Raiders, Sonny & Cher, Paul Anka, Eric Carmen, and The McCoys, to name a few.

Selling over 30 million albums worldwide with fifteen Billboard Top 40 hits, The Cars certainly achieved success. Within a decade of the debut album, though, Orr found himself adrift and without a band. Veteran music journalist Joe Milliken draws together interviews with over 120 family members, friends, bandmates, and music associates from Orr’s life, as well as many unpublished and never-before-seen photos from private collections, to reveal an intimate portrait of one of classic rock’s greatest talents. From Orr’s first performances as a house-band musician for the Cleveland TV show UpBeat through his creation of The Cars with Ric Ocasek to Orr’s eventual rebirth with the supergroup Big People, this definitive account of Orr’s life is a rollercoaster ride that sheds new light on the history of The Cars.

Orr is no longer able to rock with The Cars, but the music he made with them continues to attract new generations of fans. Coinciding with the band’s 2018 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, this first-ever biography of Benjamin Orr immortalizes his legacy as a deeply kind-hearted and exceptionally talented musician who would stop at nothing to live his rock and roll dream.

 
Joe Milliken Bio

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Joe Milliken has been a music journalist, editor and website publisher for 20 years. In 2014, he launched Standing Room Only, a website dedicated to promoting music, the arts and specialty food on both a local (Boston, New England) and national level. Originally from Boston, he now resides in southern Vermont with his family. Let’s Go is his first book.

 
Moving In Stereo Bio
The Cars were the most successful American new wave band to emerge in the late ’70s. With their sleek, mechanical pop/rock, the band racked up a string of platinum albums and Top 40 singles that made it one of the most popular American rock & roll bands of the late ’70s and early ’80s. MOVING IN STEREO: a tribute to THE CARS, recreates the sights and sounds of The Cars at the height of their powers! With a song list that spans the bands entire recording career, you’re guaranteed to hear all of your favorite CARS hits! It’ll move you…IN STEREO!
 

Dining Options

You have two dining options when attending a show in our Concert Hall:

Rusty Anchor at the Music Box – If you’d enjoy a more extensive menu, we suggest you dine downstairs in the Rusty Anchor before your concert. The Rusty Anchor menu features a great mix of Cleveland Comfort food including a selection of seafood, steaks & chops. Reservations are required for parties of two or more. To make a dinner reservation, please click here or call our Box Office at (216) 242-1250 and allow 90 minutes to dine prior to the beginning of the show upstairs.

Concert Hall – Our Concert Hall menu is fast to the table and allows you to dine right in your ticketed seat. So, there is no additional reservation required. The Concert Hall kitchen will be open through intermission. Table side beverage service will continue throughout the concert.

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