WHERE: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Foster Theater
TO RSVP: This event is FREE with a reservation through the Rock Hall website athttps://tickets.rockhall.com or at the Rock Hall Box Office. Seating is limited.
VIEW ONLINE: Can’t make it to Cleveland for this event? No worries! This event will be live streamed on rockhall.com. You can find the stream here or below.
This live stream event is scheduled for Friday, June 20 at 1:00 p.m. EST.
Original members of Sly and the Family Stone Cynthia Robinson (trumpet), Greg Errico (drums) and Jerry Martini (sax) will be interviewed by Lauren Onkey, vice president of education and public programs.
As rock’s first integrated, multi-gender band, Sly and the Family Stone became funky Pied Pipers to the Woodstock Generation, synthesizing rock, soul, R&B, funk and psychedelia into danceable, message-laden, high-energy music. In promoting their gospel of tolerance and celebration of differences, Sly and the Family Stone brought disparate audiences together during the latter half of the Sixties. The group’s greatest triumph came at the Woodstock Festival in August 1969. During their unforgettable nighttime set, leader Sly Stone initiated a fevered call-and-response with the audience of 400,000+ during an electrifying version of “I Want to Take You Higher.”
Sly and the Family Stone dominated the late Sixties charts with such essential singles as “Dance to the Music” (#8 pop, #9 R&B), “Everyday People” (#1, pop and R&B), “Hot Fun in the Summertime” (#2 pop, #3 R&B), “Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin” (#1, pop and R&B) amd “Family Affair” (#1, pop and R&B). Today, the Family Stone continues the musical experience that has brought them in front of over half a million people through the United States and Europe – spreading the roots of funk that is The Family Stone.
The Hall of Fame Series, which began in April 1996, is a cornerstone of the Museum’s curatorial and educational efforts. By bringing inductees to Cleveland (and occasionally to venues in other parts of the country) on a regular basis, the series offers audiences rare and unique access to Hall of Famers in an intimate setting. Formats for these once-in-a-lifetime events have inspired spontaneous conversation and impromptu performances, special presentations, and audience-participation question and answer sessions. The series celebrates the careers of some of rock music’s biggest names and allows the public to learn about the history and influence of rock and roll from the people who made it. Each Hall of Fame Series is audio and/or videotaped for use in the Museum’s future Library and Archives.