The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum welcomes the English Beat to
Chef Jam 2011

Food & Wine and Food Network among evening’s special guest judges;
Proceeds will benefit the Ohio City Farm and the Rock Hall’s award-winning education activities

CLEVELAND (May 31, 2011) – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is pleased to announce that the English Beat will perform at Chef Jam 2011 on Sunday, June 12 at 7 p.m. at the Rock Hall. Cleveland’s top chefs will serve up specialties inspired by their favorite band or musician and dress like the rock stars they are featuring.  The evening will also feature special performances by the Naked Cowboy, the Cream of the Crop All Stars and Cleveland’s own Abbey Rodeo with special guest Jim Bonfanti of the Raspberries. This event is presented by Maker’s Mark and sponsored by KeyBank, Time Warner Cable, Great Lakes Brewing Company, Ohio Natural Gas and Event Source.

Spend an evening sampling culinary delights prepared by the best of the best in Cleveland at nearly 20 different food stations. Maker’s Mark will be conducting an infusion challenge inviting chefs to create a special dish that utilizes their bourbon. The winning chef will receive a trip to the Maker’s Mark distillery in Louisville. Celebrity judges will include Food & Wine editor Daniel Gritzer, Chef Koren Grieveson of Chicago’s avec restaurant and the Food Network’s Iron Chef judge and food writer Akiko Katayama. 

Tickets are $65 and on sale now. Each ticket includes samples of all the dishes offered at each food station during the event, as well as Great Lakes Brewing Company beer, wine, artist performances and tours of the Museum’s exhibits. Tickets are available through the Rock Hall website at or at the Rock Hall Box Office. Proceeds from the event will go to support the Rock Hall’s education activities and the Ohio City Farm.

Participating restaurants include:

Amp 150
B Spot
Bar Cento
Blue Canyon
Blue Point Grille
Flying Fig
Greenhouse Tavern
Pier W
Prosperity Social Club
Sweet Moses
Zack Bruell Restaurants

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s education programs have become among the most celebrated and award-winning emanating from any fine arts museum in the nation:

·         More than 30,000 Northeast Ohio students and teachers are reached annually through the popular Rockin' the Schools program. More than 30,000 students in more than 40 states as well as France, Australia, Canada, England, Guatemala, and Mexico have experienced On the Road, the Rock Hall's distance learning program. Teachers across the country have selected On the Road for Teacher’s Choice Awards four years in a row.

·         Now in its 11th year, the Museum's Toddler Rock program has served more than 4,000 at-risk three to five year-olds in Cleveland. Toddler Rock has been honored by the President’s Committee as a Coming Up Taller Semifinalist putting it in the top 50 Art Humanities based programs in the country and has been recognized by the Ohio Museum Association for Institutional Excellence.

·         On Wednesday evenings each month the Museum hosts free educational programs for adults including From Songwriters to Soundmen: The People Behind the Hits, the Hall of Fame Series, Rock and Roll Night School and Teachers Rock for area educators. For more information on the Museum's FREE educational programming, please visit

The Ohio City Farm is a project that is being developed by the Ohio City Near West Development Corporation, The Refugee Response and Great Lakes Brewing Company. Located within the historic Market District, The Ohio City Farm will be one of the largest contiguous urban farms in America. Just shy of six acres, the Farm has quality soil and an unparalleled proximity to the nearly 100 year old West Side Market. The Ohio City Farm will provide healthy food access to underserved Cleveland communities by developing a cluster of urban food and farm business incubators that will both utilize the distribution and retail opportunities of Cleveland’s historic West Side Market  as well as catalyze the Ohio City Market District.

About the English Beat
The Beat (known in North America as The English Beat) was a ska revival band formed in Birmingham, England, in 1978. The original line up of the English Beat consisted of singer Ranking Roger, vocalist and guitarist Dave Wakeling, Andy Cox on guitar, bassist David Steele, drummer Everett Morton drums, and Saxa on saxophone. Each of the band’s individuals brought certain elements to the group that allowed them to blend many different genres of music including ska, pop, soul, reggae, and punk rock. The group released three studio albums in the early 1980s: “I Just Can’t Stop It” in ‘80, “Wha’happen?” in ‘81, and “Special Beat Service” in ‘82. These records yielded numerous Top 100 UK hits for the group. The English Beat broke-up in 1983, but all individual members continued to tour and record albums with other musicians. Wakeling still performs across the world under the English Beat name.

About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational programs.

The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays (and Saturdays through Labor Day), the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Museum admission is $22 for adults, $18 for adult residents of Greater Cleveland, $17 for seniors (65+), $13 for youth (9-12), children under 8 and Museum Members are always free, for information or to join the membership program call 216. 515.8425. For general inquiries, please call 216.781.ROCK(7625) or visit  The Museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

About Cleveland Food Rocks
Founded in 2009, in the Rock and Roll Capital of the World, Cleveland Food Rocks is a collaborative, grassroots organization of Northeast Ohio chefs dedicating to promoting and encouraging a vigorous regional dining scene by forging a link between great food and live music. For more information visit