Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, February 13 at 10 a.m. EST
CLEVELAND (February 10, 2012) – This February, as part of Black History Month, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will celebrate Cleveland’s rich musical legacy, highlighting great moments in the city’s rhythm and blues and soul music history. On Friday, February 22, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will welcome 2009 Inductee and Cleveland native Bobby Womack for a Hall of Fame Series interview and live concert.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Bobby Womack is a stalwart soul and gospel figurehead whose resume includes significant contributions across the decades as a singer, songwriter and guitarist. In 2012, Womack returned with The Bravest Man in the Universe – his first album in twelve years – which earned rave reviews.
Womack has written songs recorded by Wilson Pickett (“I’m a Midnight Mover”), George Benson (“Breezin’”), Janis Joplin (“Trust Me”) and others. Pickett alone recorded 17 of Womack’s compositions. A solid guitarist who worked on the Memphis session scene for a period in the Sixties, Womack played on sessions for Pickett, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Joe Tex, King Curtis, Dusty Springfield and other soul and R&B artists. He cut an album with jazz guitarist Gabor Szabo, too.
From 1970 to 1990, Womack was popular and prolific, charting 36 singles. These include such major R&B hits as “That’s the Way I Feel About Cha” (#2), “Woman’s Gotta Have It” (#1) and “If You Think You’re Lonely Now” (#3). Womack topped the R&B chart with his 1974 re-recording of “Lookin’ for a Love,” while his contemporary update of a blues classic, “Nobody Wants to Know You When You’re Down and Out,” made it to #2. He was a hitmaking machine in the mid-Seventies, perennially present in the Top Ten with such numbers as 1974’s “You’re Welcome, Stop On By,” 1975’s “Check It Out” and 1976’s “Daylight.”
Friday, February 22 at 5:30 p.m.
Hall of Fame Series with Bobby Womack
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s Foster Theater
Womack will be interviewed in front of a live audience in the Rock Hall’s Foster Theater as part of the Museum’s ongoing Hall of Fame series, which offers audiences rare and unique access to Hall of Famers in an intimate setting. Tickets are $15. VIP Packages are also available at $125 and include access to the Hall of Fame Series interview, a premium seat at the live concert at 8 p.m., a CD signing with Bobby Womack that includes a free copy of the CD The Bravest Man in the Universe, and a complementary beverage ticket. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, February 13 at 10 a.m. EST. Visit http://tickets.rockhall.com or the Rock Hall Box Office.
The Hall of Fame interview will also be streamed live on rockhall.com.
Friday, February 22 8 p.m.
Bobby Womack Live in Concert
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s Main Stage
Womack will perform with his band on the Rock Hall’s Main Stage. Doors open at 7 p.m. and show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 for standing room and $50 for general admission seating, and also include touring access to the Museum during the evening. VIP Packages are also available at $125 and include a premium seat at the concert, access to the Hall of Fame Series interview at 5:30pm, a CD signing with Bobby Womack that includes a free copy of the CD The Bravest Man in the Universe, and a complementary beverage ticket. Tickets go on sale to Rock Hall Members on Monday, February 11 at 10 a.m. EST and the general public on Wednesday, February 13 at 10 a.m. EST. Visit http://tickets.rockhall.com or the Rock Hall Box Office.
Visit rockhall.com/events/black-history-month for the complete schedule of events.
About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum 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 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+), $13 for youth (9-12), $18 for adult residents of Greater Cleveland. Children under 8 and Museum members are free. The Museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. 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.