2018 Rock Week Line Up
Rock Week kicks off the celebration of the 33rd Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony,
and in the Rock & Roll City, the Rock Hall, City of Cleveland, Inductees, partners, fan clubs, members and local organizations are helping the Rock Hall amplify its mission to engage, teach and inspire through the power of rock and roll with events around town, beginning March 24. Here's the complete run down of official Rock Week events, including ticket details and special livestream opportunities.
SATURDAY MARCH 24: ROCK x CPL POWERED BY PNC
12-4 p.m. EST, Cleveland Public Library Main Branch, FREE
The Rock Hall is partnering with the Cleveland Public Library for a family friendly day of programming, presented by PNC, at the Library’s Main Branch. The day will include live music, educational activities and food trucks. Performers include the Brent Kirby Trio, Marcus Alan Ward, Hey Mavis, and the Chris Allen Trio. The Rock Hall will display a history of Northeast Ohio music exhibit, and guests are invited to bring memorabilia, chat with an archivist, and even donate.
TUESDAY, APRIL 3: CLEVELAND CONNECTS: ROCK ON A ROLL
7 p.m. EST, Rock Hall Foster Theater, FREE with RSVP at eventbrite.com
As Rock Week excitement begins to build, a community conversation will examine the inception of the Rock Hall, its impact on the city of Cleveland and its future direction. Panel moderated by Ideastream’s Rick Jackson featuring guests Martha Reeves, 1995 Inductee, Greg Harris, president and CEO of the Rock Hall, Dennis Barrie, principal of Barrie Projects and former executive director of the Rock Hall from 1993-1996, and David Abbot, executive director of The George Gund Foundation. Presented by PNC, Cleveland.com, Ideastream and the Rock Hall.
FRIDAY, APRIL 6: CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: BAD REPUTATION FILM SCREENING
7:30 p.m. EST, Rock Hall’s Foster Theater, tickets on sale Friday, March 23 at 11 a.m. at clevelandfilm.org
Bad Reputation, a new documentary that follows Joan Jett’s life story, will be screening during the Cleveland International Film Festival. The documentary covers Jett’s early days with the all-female rock band The Runaways, to her partnership with her longtime manager and collaborator Kenny Laguna, to her enduring success fronting The Blackhearts.
SATURDAY, APRIL 7: CELEBRATION DAY POWERED BY PNC
10 a.m. to 11 p.m. EST (Fireworks at 9 p.m.), Rock Hall, FREE
A community celebration with free admission and filled with live music, family activities, new exhibits, educational programs, a Bon Jovi album listening, food trucks, and film screenings. Just announced: Special guests RSO (Richie Sambora + Orianthi) will perform on the PNC main stage at 8 p.m.
Fans will be the first to see the new Hall of Fame and get a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to become an Inductee, sit front row for 33 years of Induction performances in the Power of Rock Experience and hear stories about this year’s class in the 2018 Inductee exhibit with an entire floor dedicated to Inductees.
Daytime performances include fusion, Maddie Finn (The Whiskey Hollow), the Backbeats, Diana Chittester, a Nina Simone tribute by Mariama Whyte, Thor Platter, Samfox, School of Rock, and 2018 Tri-C Rock Off champion Montage. Evening festivities begin at 7 p.m. with a performance by Wesley Bright & Honeytones and special guest RSO (Richie Sambora + Orianthi) will take the stage at 8 p.m. for a headliner performance.
The day will conclude with a dance party on the plaza featuring DJ Red-I and a Rock ‘N Blast Firework Show (9 p.m.) to an Inductee-themed playlist. The fireworks show can be viewed from the Rock Hall plaza and various locations around town. A live audio simulcast of the fireworks show can be heard on 106.5 The Lake.
Sponsored by Greater Cleveland Partnership, Downtown Cleveland Alliance, Medical Mutual and the George Gund Foundation.
MONDAY, APRIL 9 TO SATURDAY, APRIL 14: STORIES OF ROCK, INDUCTEE SPOTLIGHTS & ALBUM SPOTLIGHTS
Daily schedules posted on rockhall.com, Rock Hall, FREE with admission
Stories of Rock trivia contests tests fans knowledge about rock and roll. Prizes will be awarded to winners. Visitors can also participate in Inductee Spotlights and Album Spotlights. Sessions last 45-60 minutes and are designed to explore the lives and music of the 2018 Inductees. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Silent No More: #MeToo and the Music Industry
Thursday, April 12 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
The City Club of Cleveland
850 Euclid Avenue Cleveland, Ohio 44114
Tickets $35 (Nonmember) / Tables $350-$450 BUY TICKETS
Over the last several months, the #MeToo has shaken the entertainment industry. Actors and film executives resigned or were dismissed as allegations of sexual harassment and gender discrimination mounted, yet somehow, leaders in the music industry seemed unscathed.
But not for long. Days before the 2018 Grammy Awards, a report commissioned by the University of Southern California's Annenberg Inclusion Initiative showed the stark reality - in the previous six Grammy awards, only nine percent of the nominees were women. Taking a cue from Hollywood actresses who wore black to the Golden Globes in support of the work of the Time's Up coalition, female musicians wore white roses to the Grammy's to draw attention to their own grassroots effort, Voices in Entertainment.
It has been argued that the entertainment industry as a whole is built on perpetuated structural inequality. As the Rock world prepares to induct another class into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, including Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Nina Simone, we'll speak with influential female music professionals about the industry and their perspectives on sexism, sexual misconduct, and the power of the female voice to affect lasting change.
Assistant Curator, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Co-Lead Singer, Fitz and the Tantrums
Professor of English, Columbian College of Arts & Science, The George Washington University,
Moderator: Lauren Onkey, Ph.D.
Senior Director, NPR Music
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11: AUTHOR SERIES WITH GAYLE WALD
7 p.m., Rock Hall’s Foster Theater, FREE with RSVP at ticketing.rockhall.com
The Rock Hall’s Author Series will spotlight Gayle Wald as she discusses her book Shout, Sister, Shout!: The Untold Story of Rock-and-Roll Trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe during an interview with Senior Director of Library and Archives, Andy Leach. The event will conclude with a Q&A session and book signing. Wald’s book will be available for purchase in the Rock Hall store.
THURSDAY, APRIL 12: HALL OF FAME SERIES WITH THE MOODY BLUES
SPECIAL ROCK HALL HOURS: 10 A.M. to 9 P.M.
8 p.m., Rock Hall’s Klipsch Audio Main Stage, FREE with Rock Hall admission (limited capacity)
Join the Rock Hall and SiriusXM for a Hall of Fame Series with 2018 Inductees The Moody Blues. Justin Hayward, John Lodge, and Graeme Edge of The Moody Blues will discuss their Induction, careers, and influence. The event begins at 7 p.m. with a Moody Blues-themed happy hour featuring food and drink specials. The event will be live streamed on the Rock Hall’s Facebook page. Please note: this event is limited capacity standing room only and space is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
SATURDAY, APRIL 14: RED CARPET LIVE STREAM
5:30-7:30 p.m., rockhall.com, Rock Hall Facebook or YouTube (youtube.com/user/rockhall) page, FREE
Get a sneak peek at all the action with red carpet arrivals on rockhall.com, the Rock Hall’s Facebook page, or on the Rock Hall’s YouTube page.
SATURDAY, APRIL 14: 33rd ANNUAL ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY, PRESENTED BY KLIPSCH AUDIO
7:30 p.m., Public Auditorium, SOLD-OUT
The sold-out ceremony will honor Bon Jovi, The Cars, Dire Straits, The Moody Blues, Nina Simone, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. The Ceremony will air on HBO at a later date.
SATURDAY, APRIL 14: SIMULCAST PARTY
7:30 p.m. (Doors at 6:30 p.m.), Rock Hall, SOLD-OUT
The only place outside of Public Auditorium to watch the 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony live, uncut and uncensored on the night of the show. Sponsored by Fat Head’s Brewery, Great Lakes Brewing Company, Magic Hat Brewing Company, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Pepsi, Medical Mutual and Downtown Cleveland Alliance.
SATURDAY, APRIL 14: INDUCTION AFTERPARTY WITH DJ QUESTLOVE
11 p.m. (Doors), House of Blues, Tickets On Sale to Public Friday, March 16 at 10 a.m. at ticketmaster.com
Rock and roll all night at the official Induction Afterparty after the 33rd Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. DJ Questlove will be hosting a 3-hour afterparty set.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18: HALL OF FAME SERIES WITH BILL BRUFORD OF YES
7 p.m., Rock Hall’s Foster Theater, Tickets are $10 and on sale Thursday, March 22 at 10 a.m. EST via ticketing.rockhall.com, Member on-sale begins Tuesday, March 20 at 10 a.m.
2017 Rock Hall Inductee Bill Bruford of YES will discuss his career with fans during a Hall of Fame Series moderated by the Rock Hall’s Vice President of Education and Visitor Engagement Jason Hanley. The discussion includes a Q&A with the audience. There is an 8 ticket limit per transaction.