The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum


The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum presents Ladies First: Celebrating African-American Women Who Rock during Black History Month

Programming includes classes, film screenings, Meshell Ndegeocello performance, and live interviews with Spinderella and Gloria Jones

CLEVELAND (January 30, 2012) – To celebrate Black History Month, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has planned a month-long tribute to African-American women in rock, entitled Ladies First. This program is presented in conjunction with the Museum’s exhibit, Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power. Throughout the history of popular music, African-American women have played a key role in the creation and advancement of rock and roll. In February, African-American women’s contributions to the history of rock and roll will be highlighted in a series of programs including interviews, films, classes and performances.  

The Rock Hall’s 2012 Black History Month schedule of events (visit rockhall.com/events/black-history-month for the latest updates):

Wednesday, February 8 at 4:30 p.m.
Teachers Rock:  Using the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library + Archives as an educational resource
At the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives, 2809 Woodland Avenue, Cleveland


Teachers Rock is a FREE professional development workshop series for K-12 level educators interested in integrating popular music into their own classroom curriculum. This class will spotlight Library and Archives resources related to African-American women in rock and roll. 

This event is FREE with a reservation. Email education@rockhall.org or call 216.515.8426 to RSVP.

Wednesday, February 8 at 7 p.m.
Say My Name: A film by Mamamess (2009. 73 minutes.)
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s Foster Theater

In a hip-hop and R&B world dominated by men, the unstoppable female lyricists of Say My Name speak candidly about class, race, and gender in pursuing their passions as women in hip hop. From hip hop’s birthplace in the Bronx to grime on London’s Eastside, emerging artists like Chocolate Thai, Invincible, Jean Grae and Miz Korona, to world renowned pioneers like MC Lyte, Erykah Badu, Estelle, and Monie Love, these are women turning adversity into art.

This event is FREE with a ticket reservation online at http://tickets.rockhall.com or in-person at the Rock Hall Box Office.  Tickets will become available to Rock Hall Members on Thursday, February 2 at 10 a.m. EST and will become available to the general public on Friday, February 3 at 10 a.m. EST.  A limited number of tickets will be available for those without internet access through the Rock Hall’s RSVP phone system by calling (216) 515-8426.  

Wednesday, February 15 at 7 p.m.
Legends Series Interview and DJ Demonstration with  DJ Spinderella (from Salt-N-Pepa)
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s Foster Theater


The Rock Hall is pleased to welcome DJ Spinderella for a live interview and DJ demo performance on its Foster Theater stage. Dee Dee Roper, internationally known as DJ Spinderella, is a Grammy award winning DJ, producer, rapper and writer. She is one of the original pioneers of hip hop music beginning her career as a member of the iconic rap group Salt-N-Pepa, selling over 15 million albums and singles worldwide. Now, more than two decades after her groundbreaking entrance into hip hop, the Brooklyn native still sets the standard for “turntablist” all over the world, winning MTV and BET Awards along the way. She has also enjoyed success with her radio show “The BackSpin. Movies, and More” symposium at Cal State Dominguez Hills, and has performed DJ sets at high profile events for the official Espy Awards, Academy Awards, Kentucky Derby, Glamour Magazine and more. Spinderella still performs with Salt-N- Pepa, and recently gave an electric performance on Oprah in April of 2011, which showcased “Women Who Rock.”

This event is FREE with a ticket reservation online at http://tickets.rockhall.com or in-person at the Rock Hall Box Office.  Tickets will become available to Rock Hall Members on Thursday, February 2 at 10 a.m. EST and will become available to the general public on Friday, February 3 at 10 a.m. EST.  A limited number of tickets will be available for those without internet access through the Rock Hall’s RSVP phone system by calling (216) 515-8426.  This event will also be streamed on rockhall.com.

Friday, February 17 at 8 p.m.
Meshell Ndegeocello Live Performance
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Main Stage

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is proud to welcome singer/songwriter Meshell Ndegeocello for a live performance. Ndegeocello was born Michelle Johnson in Berlin, Germany and raised in Washington DC. By the early 90's, she had landed in New York armed with a demo recorded in her bedroom, joined the Black Rock Coalition, and was soon signed to Madonna's record label. Her albums – eight to date– have offered lyrical ruminations on race, love, sex, betrayal, God, and power, and she has simultaneously embraced and challenged her listeners . A vast array of influences have informed all of her albums, which feature  traces of her native go-go, hip hop, rock, R&B, new wave and punk in each. A bass player above all else, Meshell brings her signature warm, fat, and melodic groove to every- thing she does and has appeared alongside the Rolling Stones, Madonna, Alanis Morrisette, James Blood Ulmer, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Tony Allen, John Medeski, Billy Preston, and Chaka Khan. Her latest album, Weather, was released in November of 2011. Produced by Joe Henry, it received rave reviews, and is one of her most diverse collections of songs yet.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets for this event are $15 and available at http://tickets.rockhall.com or at the Rock Hall Box Office.  Tickets will become available to Rock Hall Members on Thursday, February 2 at 10 a.m. EST and will become available to the general public on Friday, February 3 at 10 a.m. EST. 

Wednesday, February 22 at 7 p.m.
Rock and Roll Night School: Ladies First: Women and Hip Hop
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s Foster Theater

This class is part of the Rock Hall’s free monthly lecture series, Rock and Roll Night School. Rock Hall educators will explore the complicated and changing roles of women in hip-hop.  From early pioneers (Sha-Rock and Roxanne Shanté) to the game-changing artists of hip-hop’s second wave (Salt-N-Pepa and Queen Latifah) to today’s leading innovators (Nicki Minaj and Missy Elliott), women have continually and effectively worked to have their voices heard in a genre too often dominated by men.  From marginalized artists to multi-platinum performers, this Rock and Roll Night School will examine the undeniable, yet often overlooked, impact and influence of women in hip-hop – then and now.

This event is FREE and RSVPs are not required.  Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.  This event will also be streamed on rockhall.com.  

Wednesday, February 29 at 7 p.m.
An Evening with Gloria Jones

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s Foster Theater

Cincinnati-born soul singer and songwriter Gloria Jones has been performing for nearly five decades, first appearing in the spotlight in the mid-1960s with her original recording of “Tainted Love.” The song went on to be covered by Soft Cell and reached international success in 1981. Jones joined British rock band T. Rex as keyboardist and backing vocalist in 1974 until the band’s end in 1977. As a songwriter, Jones penned a number of songs  through the years, including “My Mistake” (Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye) and “If I Were Your Woman” (Gladys Knight).  Jones will be interviewed by Maureen Mahon, Associate Professor of Music at New York University.

This event is FREE with a ticket reservation online at http://tickets.rockhall.com or in-person at the Rock Hall Box Office.  Tickets will become available to Rock Hall Members on Thursday, February 2 at 10 a.m. EST and will become available to the general public on Friday, February 3 at 10 a.m. EST.  A limited number of tickets will be available for those without internet access through the Rock Hall’s RSVP phone system by calling (216) 515-8426.  This event will also be streamed on rockhall.com.

Thursday, March 1 at 7 p.m.
“Willie Mae ‘Big Mama’ Thornton’s Blues and the Sound of Rock and Roll,” Lecture by Maureen Mahon, Associate Professor of Music, New York University
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s Foster Theater


Maureen Mahon, a cultural anthropologist, teaches in the ethnomusicology program in the Department of Music at New York University. She will discuss the “transgressive” music and image of “Big Mama” Thornton, who recorded the original version of “Hound Dog.”  Mahon contends that Thornton tapped into a liberated black femininity through which she freed herself from many of the expectations for black women. Mahon is the author of Right to Rock:  The Black Rock Coalition and the Cultural Politics of Race (2004). Her current research on the intersection of gender, race, sexuality, and music production has been published in The Journal of Popular Music, Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture, the reader African American Music: An Introduction, and EbonyJet.com. She is at work on a book about African American women and rock and roll.

This event is FREE with a ticket reservation online at http://tickets.rockhall.com or in-person at the Rock Hall Box Office.  Tickets will become available to Rock Hall Members on Thursday, February 2 at 10 a.m. EST and will become available to the general public on Friday, February 3 at 10 a.m. EST.  A limited number of tickets will be available for those without internet access through the Rock Hall’s RSVP phone system by calling (216) 515-8426. This event will also be streamed on rockhall.com.

ADDITIONAL FEBRUARY EVENTS:

Friday, February 10 at 1 p.m.
An Afternoon with the Dramatics
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Foster Theater

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is pleased to host a live interview with the Dramatics on its Foster Theater stage. The Dramatics formed in 1962 initially under the name the Dynamics, later changed by the group’s record label after a mis-print on their 1966 release “Inky Dinky Wang Dang Doo.” Two years later, the Dramatics signed to Stax-Volt Records, but the group didn’t break through until 1971 upon releasing “Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get,” which peaked at#9 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. Throughout the 1970s, the Dramatics appeared on Soul Train while releasing several R&B hits, including “In the Rain,” “Me and Mrs. Jones,” “I’m Going By The Stars In Your Eyes” and “Be My Girl.” Along the way, the Dramatics line-up saw frequent changes and side projects through the decades. More recently, the group appeared on Snoop Dogg’s debut album Doggystyle in 1993 and sixth studio album Paid Tha Cost To Be Tha Boss. The band’s most recent studio album came in 2002 with Look Inside, and the group continues to tour today.

This event is FREE with a ticket reservation online at http://tickets.rockhall.com or in-person at the Rock Hall Box Office.  Tickets will become available to Rock Hall Members on Thursday, February 2 at 10 a.m. EST and will become available to the general public on Friday, February 3 at 10 a.m. EST.  A limited number of tickets will be available for those without internet access through the Rock Hall’s RSVP phone system by calling (216) 515-8426. This event will also be streamed on rockhall.com.

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, $17 for seniors (65+) and $13 for youth (9-12). 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 216.515.8425 for information on becoming a member. 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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