The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum

Alejandro Escovedo, Patty Griffin, Martie Maguire and more to spotlight ACL’s impact on American culture


CLEVELAND (September 22, 2009) - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will officially designate the Austin City Limits studio as a rock and roll landmark with an historic marker unveiling and educational programs at the KLRU-TV’s Studio 6A on Thursday, October 1.

Terry Stewart, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and Terry Lickona, executive producer of Austin City Limits will unveil an historic marker to designate KLRU ‘s Studio 6A a rock and roll landmark. This event will be the 10th dedication in the Rock Hall’s Landmark Series, which memorializes places across the United States that are essential to the story of rock and roll.

Following the unveiling, Austin City Limits will tape its first hip hop show featuring renowned rapper Mos Def and the rising Somali-Canadian rapper/poet K’naan.

On Friday, October 2 beginning at 11 a.m. the Rock Hall and Austin City Limits will host two 75 minute educational discussion panels moderated by Dr. Lauren Onkey, vice president of education and public programs at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, to spotlight the impact that ACL has on American culture. The first panel will feature seasoned members of ACL’s staff who will talk about the history and evolution of America’s best known music television series. This discussion will lay the groundwork for the second panel beginning at 1 p.m. which will feature artists Alejandro Escovedo, Patty Griffin and Martie Maguire talking about ACL’s impact on music in general . Jim Henke, vice president of exhibitions and curatorial affairs at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will also join the panel to provide a historical perspective. Questions will be taken from the audience. The panels are free and open to the public and will take place in KLRU’s Studio 6A.

Both panels will be streamed live at

Further collaboration between the Rock Hall and Austin City Limits will take place including an exhibition, archival preservation and future programming.

The Rock Hall’s Landmark Series designates historic rock and roll landmarks around the United States that are essential to tell the story of rock and roll music. There are currently nine sites including the Whisky-a-Go-Go in Los Angeles where the Doors were resident performers; King Records in Cincinnati, a prominent American record label started in the 40s, The Crossroads in Clarksdale, Mississippi and the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa . Five sites are located in the Cleveland area and include Brooklyn High School, the location Elvis played his first concert north of the Mason-Dixon line and WJW Radio, home to Deejay Alan Freed who popularized the term “rock and roll.”

Inspired by the music scene that continues to thrive in Austin, ACL has for 35 years presented viewing audiences with live concerts from many of the world’s most acclaimed, accomplished and pioneering talent. At the same time the show has represented Austin to the nation and the world, laying the foundation for Austin’s reputation as the Live Music Capital.
About Austin City Limits

”Great Music. No Limits.” Now the longest-running music series in American television history, ACL showcases popular music legends and innovators from every genre. In addition to being honored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum as a rock and roll landmark, AUSTIN CITY LIMITS is the only television program to ever receive the National Medal of Arts, the nation’s highest award for artistic excellence. Broadcast in high-definition and 5.1-surround sound, the show is produced by KLRU-TV and airs on PBS stations nationwide. Funding for Austin City Limits is provided in part by AMD, Budweiser Select and the Austin Convention Center Department.  Additional funding provided by the Friends of Austin City Limits.

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 both 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 national educational programs.

The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  On Wednesdays the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Museum admission is $22 for adults, $17 for seniors (60+), $13 for children (9-12) and children under 8 and Museum members are free. When you become a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the world of rock and roll becomes yours to explore. Call 216.515.1939 for information on becoming a member. For general inquiries, please call 216.781.ROCK.