ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM KICKS OFF 2012 WITH FREE EVENING EDUCATION PROGRAMS THIS MONTH

Live performance by rockabilly artist Rosie Flores, film screening, and Rock and Roll Night School course will focus on Women Who Rock


CLEVELAND (January 5, 2012) --  The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will kick-off the new year with a set of educational evening programs offered free of charge this month surrounding the Rock Hall’s latest exhibit, Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power. The month will begin with a special film screening of PBS presents Women Who Rock, followed by a Rock and Roll Night School course devoted to women in punk, and culminate with a live performance and tribute to Janis Martin by rockabilly artist Rosie Flores. The Museum’s award-winning education department will lead the events, which are geared towards adults interested in gaining more knowledge about rock and roll history, and take place in the Rock Hall’s Foster Theater.

Rosie Flores: A Tribute to Janis Martin
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 7 p.m.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will welcome contemporary rockabilly artist Rosie Flores for a live performance in the Foster Theater. The evening’s performance will pay tribute to Janis Martin, one of the early pioneers of rock and roll. Because of her enthusiasm, brilliant stage presence and rocking vocal style, Martin was also known as “the Female Elvis” and had a hit with "Will You, Will Yum"/"Drugstore Rock and Roll" in 1956. In 2007, near the end of Janis’s life, she and Flores worked together with Bobby Trimble to produce 11 new songs. Sadly, cancer cut Martin’s life short, and she never got to tour behind the long awaited CD, which will be released later this year. Rosie will be taking this opportunity to share Janis’s great legacy of songs and stories at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Flores and Marti Brom will tell Martin's fascinating life story through songs, discussion, photographs, and video. Backing Rosie and Marti will be a stellar band from Austin, Texas featuring T Jarrod Bonta on keys, Bobby Trimble on drums, Kevin Smith on bass and Tjarko Jeen on guitars.

Rosie Flores whips rock and roll, honky tonk, early rockabilly, blues and jazz with the traditional sounds of her roots in San Antonio, TX. She took flight in Southern California, and has been a figure in the Los Angeles, Austin, TX and Nashville music scenes – as well as Europe and Japan.

Rosie's reputation as a high-octane rockabilly and country star is well established, and recent accolades have only made her musical bouquet fuller. Her 1995 album Rockabilly Filly garnered her most attention, reintroducing rockabilly pioneers Wanda Jackson and Janis Martin to audiences worldwide through their duets with Flores and a successful tour with Jackson.

More recently, Bloodshot Records, together with Jon Langford (Mekons, Waco Brothers) at the wheel as producer brings her latest release, Girl of the Century, which was recorded with ace Chicago based band, the Pine Valley Cosmonauts.
This event is FREE with a ticket reservation online at http://tickets.rockhall.com, in-person at the Rock Hall Box Office or calling (216) 515-8426. Tickets will become available to Members on Thursday, January 12 at 10 a.m. EST and will become available to the general public on Friday, January 13 at 10 a.m. EST.

Additional educational evening events this month include:

Screening of PBS presents Arts from Cleveland: Women Who Rock
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 7 p.m.

From Bessie Smith to Janis Joplin to Lady Gaga, this performance documentary vibrates with energy as it traces the indelible mark that amazing women musicians have made on America’s soundtrack. Inspired by the Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Women Who Rock reveals new insights into what it means to be female in the male-dominated world of rock and roll, while exploring how those dynamics between the sexes have changed with time. The film is produced by Susan Wittenberg and Carol Stein with assistance from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

This event is FREE with a ticket reservation online at http://tickets.rockhall.com, in-person at the Rock Hall Box Office or calling (216) 515-8426. Tickets will become available to Members on Friday, January 6 at 10 a.m. EST and will become available to the general public on Saturday, January 7 at 10 a.m. EST.

Rock and Roll Night School: Revolution Girl Style Now! Punk Glory

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 7 p.m.

Self-consciously rebellious and defiant, punk rock emerged in the 1970s as a subculture that rejected what it saw as the overblown and outdated mythology of rock and roll history dominated by male performers.  This new punk attitude opened doors for women to actively engage rock and roll culture in fresh and exciting ways.  From Patti Smith to Bikini Kill, Siouxsie Sioux to L7, this class will examine the female musicians who claimed punk as their own into the 1980s and 1990s and created music that challenged listeners to listen in a new way, to challenge long held beliefs and to redefine the position of women in society.
This event is FREE and reservations are not needed.  Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information on these and other Rock Hall educational programs, visit rockhall.com/education.
                   
About Rock and Roll Night School

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum presents Rock and Roll Night School, a monthly series of educational, discussion-based evening classes offered free of charge from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the 4th Wednesday of each month. This series will focus on Women Who Rock for the 2011-2012 season.  The award-winning education department leads the classes, which are geared towards adults interested in gaining more knowledge about rock and roll history. The program explores the history of rock and roll from its roots to its current incarnations. Unless otherwise noted, RSVPs are not needed to attend Rock and Roll Night School.

Special attention is given to the music’s impact on society, its reception by fans, and its most innovative practitioners. Each class includes a presentation, music and video clips, and group discussions. Unless otherwise noted, RSVPs are not needed to attend Rock and Roll Night School.

For more information, visit rockhall.com/events/rock-and-roll-night-school.

About Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has opened a groundbreaking and provocative new exhibit that illustrates the important roles women have played in rock and roll, from its inception through today. Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power highlights the flashpoints, the firsts, the best, the celebrated -- and sometimes lesser-known women -- who moved rock and roll music and American culture forward.

The interactive exhibition spotlights more than 70 artists and fills two entire floors of the museum. The exhibit features artifacts, video and listening stations, as well as a recording booth where visitors can film a short story or moment of inspiration related to women in rock. The exhibit moves through the rock and roll eras, weaving a powerful and engaging narrative that demonstrates how women have been the engines of creation and change in popular music, from the early years of the 20th century to the present. Women Who Rock is sponsored by PNC, Time Warner Cable and Biography. The exhibit is open through February 26, 2012.

For more information, visit http://rockhall.com/exhibits/women-who-rock.

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, 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 www.rockhall.com.  The Museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

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