Rock 101 comes to shame JCC New event space

Moderated by Louis P. Masur, Rock 101 will be a deep dive into the stories of 10 songs that had a profound impact on world culture and history. Photo courtesy of Thoughtful Productions

Shame on JCC on The Hudson will host Rock 101: The Music and Stories of Ten Classic Songs on Sunday, September 15.

Moderated by Louis P. Masurprofessor of American studies and history at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, Rock 101 takes place in the brand new JCC event space known as The Ark.

The Ark was officially opened on June 3, but Rock 101 will be one of the first headlining events.

“Our ambition is for The Ark to become the social and cultural center of Westchester County,” the spokesperson said Jamie Weiss-Yagodasenior director of community outreach and communications at Shames JCC.

“We are very happy with it Rock 101 as one of the kick-off events for (The Ark). This event is an example of what we hope this space is; one where people can participate and learn, that is interactive, educational, entertaining and can uplift those in attendance,” he said.

“Our ambition is for The Ark to become the social and cultural center of Westchester County.” – Jamie Weiss-Yagoda. Photo provided by Shames JCC

While Rock 101 will be a deep dive into the stories of 10 songs that have had a major impact on world culture and history, there will be no live performances of these songs. However, there will be extended video and audio versions of each version. Masur sees the event as one that will entertain and inform at the same time, through the lens of some of the songs that most event attendees know well.

“The show came from the idea that I am both a historian and a rock ‘n’ roll fan,” Masur said. “I firmly believe that rock ‘n’ roll changed my life; I open the show saying that this music makes me feel alive and has fueled my dreams of escape.

Rock 101 is the brainchild of Steven Schragisfounder of Well thought-out productions. Schragis previously founded One Day University, which allowed intellectually curious “adult students” to return to college for just one day. Previously, he was director of the Learning Annex, publisher/founder of Citadel Press, and publishing director/co-founder of Spy magazine. Since then, he has been working to create new and expanded events, all focused on entertainment.

As part of this process, he has been in contact with various local entertainment groups such as theaters, performing arts centers and JCCs.

With the opening of The Ark he saw a perfect match.

“The idea of Rock 101 is to position the event as more exciting things coming to The Ark,” Schragis said. “This is the first show booked there for the autumn season, which sends the message that The Ark is also looking for more interesting events.”

Ideal for history buffs and music lovers alike, Rock 101 will take The Ark back generations, as the music discussed generally falls into the period of the 1950s and 1990s.

Masur adds that he asked his students at Rutgers to name the song that is the most important in their lives. Whether it’s rock ‘n’ roll or another genre, those involved in this event share a common theme: music plays a prominent role in their lives in one way or another.

Except Rock 101, De Ark has a complete calendar of events in store. The space will bring people together in a community center to learn, discuss, educate and have an experience that comes with being part of a community.

Other upcoming events The Ark will host include children’s movie nights, comedians, small community theater companies and food drives.

Weiss-Yagoda notes that what makes The Ark even more appealing is its ability to function as a multi-functional space. It can organize lectures, attract an older target group and organize events with a more intellectual benefit.

“This allows us to take talent to the next level and celebrate people here in the community,” she added.