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February 17 @ 9:00 pm - 12:30 am
Will Roc has been instrumental in the advancement of such acts as: The World Class Wrecking Cru, Michel’le, DOC, Rick James, Mannie Fresh (Cash Money Records), Bill Summers, Herbie Hancock, Hubert Laws, Faith No More, Will Kennedy (Yellowjackets), Boo-Yaa Tribe, Albert Collins, Kid Frost, Mellow Man Ace, DJ Battlecat, John Lee Hooker Jr. and DJ Quik. He’s also shared the stage with such acts as BB King, Roy Ayers, Bo Diddley, Deacon Jones, Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy, Lakeside and Dr. Dre to name a few. The styles that Will has been exposed to come together in a complex yet easy to listen to conglomeration of synths, horn patches, piano, and Hammond B3 organ. After producing Herbie Hancock’s “Dis is da Drum” disc, the title track was nominated for a 1996 Grammy (Best Video). Will also produced two John Lee Hooker Jr’s discs that went on to earn several awards including a 2005 Grammy nomination and 2008 Grammy nomination (Best Traditional Blues). Touring with Herbie Hancock nationally and internationally as a keyboardist taught Will a lot about entertaining a crowd with the eighty-eights. Most notably, he learned not only do you have to play well, but you have to play well and have fun while you are doing it. So play well he does and with his R&B, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Funk, and Blues background, it becomes so apparent in his band’s music why his role is so vital.