Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will host the 10th annual It's Only Rock and Roll Spring Benefit on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 8 p.m. at the historic Public Hall at the Cleveland Convention Center. The special 10th annual museum benefit will include performances from Tower of Power, War and Wesley Bright & The Hi-Lites.
Balcony tickets are $20 and are on sale now at tickets.rockhall.com or at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Box Office.
A limited number of VIP Benefit Donor packages are available. They include dinner and floor seating and are partially tax deductible. For more information on table packages or individual floor tickets, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.rockhall.com.
All ticket sales benefit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's nationally-acclaimed educational programs.
Tower of Power’s musical odyssey began in 1968 when Emilio Castillo met Stephen "Doc" Kupka. When Doc auditioned during a band rehearsal at Emilio's house, Emilio's father called him into the kitchen and offered the following advice: "Hire that guy, he's got something." Tower of Power soon became very well known in the area. Over the years, the Tower of Power Horns have recorded with hundreds of artists as diverse as Aerosmith, Elton John, Little Feat, Phish, Santana, Heart, and many others, forever infusing the radio airwaves with Tower’s musical DNA. Since the beginning, Tower of Power has continued to tour and record. Their dedication to the music, their creative writing, and their original vision still guides them.
The six founding members of War – the late Papa Dee Allen and Charles Miller, survivors Harold Brown, B.B. Dickerson, Lonnie Jordan, and Howard Scott – were gigging around L.A. for nearly a decade before hooking up with Eric Burdon (ex-Animals) and Danish harmonica player Lee Oskar in 1969. Burdon and producer Jerry Goldstein named them War and they backed it up with a steamy Afro-Latin R&B groove that rocked their debut hit “Spill The Wine.” Less than two years later, Burdon dropped out and War went their own way in 1971. A long string of Top 10 pop/R&B crossover hits established War’s status through the ’70s, always with a social message grounded by their distinctively breezy Southern California vibe. War was nominated to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.
Wesley Bright & The Hi-Lites began as a joint collaboration between Bob Basone and Nick Fritsch. The two came to know each other after touring together in other projects, and both shared a passion for the soul sounds of the 1960's, mainly the sweet northern Detroit soul of the Motown label. Basone, Fritsch and Wesley put together a happening group of talented musicians that could produce the raw soul sounds of the 1960's. Wesley Bright & The Hi-Lites formed in the heart of Akron, Ohio with the interest of being a part of the timeless sound of soul music. Specifically, the band identifies with the "Northern Soul" genre, drawing from the 1960’s era of soul from Motown, Tamla, and many smaller record companies.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s It’s Only Rock and Roll Benefit proceeds support the Museum's award-winning educational programming, which explores the impact that modern music has had on our culture, politics and society. Educational exhibits reach more than 400,000 visitors and programs reach more than 50,000 students and educators each year.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s education programs have become one of the most celebrated and award-winning emanating from any fine arts museum in the nation. More than 25,000 Northeast Ohio students and teachers are reached annually through the popular Rockin' the Schools program. More than 25,000 students in more than 40 states as well as France, Australia, Canada, England, Guatemala, and Mexico have experienced On the Road, the Rock Hall's distance learning program. Now in its 10th year, the Museum's Toddler Rock program has served more than 4,000 at-risk three to five year-olds in Cleveland. On Wednesday evenings each month the Museum hosts free educational programs for adults including From Songwriters to Soundman: The People Behind the Hits, Rock and Roll Night School and Teachers Rockfor area educators. For more information on the Museum's FREE educational programming, please visit www.rockhall.com/education.