WHO: 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels of Run-D.M.C. will be participating in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s signature Hall of Fame series as a part of the Rock Hall’s annual Summer Teacher Institute, Electrifying the Classroom, a weeklong workshop for teachers dedicated to bringing rock and roll into the classroom.

The Hall of Fame Series, which began in April 1996, is a cornerstone of the Museum’s curatorial and educational efforts. By bringing inductees to Cleveland on a regular basis, the series offers audiences rare and unique access to Hall of Famers in an intimate setting. McDaniels will discuss his experiences as an innovative hip-hop performer and his work as a tireless advocate for arts education.

WHEN:  Wednesday, June 24 at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
4th Floor Theater
1100 Rock and Roll Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44114

RSVP: This event is FREE with a reservation. Please email edu@rockhall.org to RSVP. If you do not have access to email, please call 216.515.8426. Please note that seating is limited.

MORE: The Summer Teacher Institute immerses participants in a week of multimedia presentations, hands-on workshops, and lectures featuring classroom-tested instructional methods of experienced educators.  The award-winning education staff of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum also shares resources, activities, and methods developed in the museum’s K-12 programs.  Participants will explore the history of rock and roll from its roots to its branches, examining blues, soul, punk, funk, hip-hop and more.  For more information visit http://www.rockhall.com/teacher/summer-teacher-institute.

About Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels

Innovator, motivator, philanthropist, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels changed music and made history when he broke down cultural barriers 25 years ago with his legendary band Run-D.M.C.  It would be hard to overstate his influence on popular culture.  From the first rap group to grace the cover of Rolling Stone to the first to appear on MTV, to the first to go gold and platinum, Run-D.M.C. impacted the world.  30 million record sales later, and six years after the untimely death of his bandmate Jam Master Jay, DMC still continues to create, inspire and motivate.

His critically acclaimed 2006 single “Just like Me” featuring Sarah McLaughlin spoke to his new revelation of discovering he was adopted and began his journey down another life path, in search of his birth mother.  His struggle was captured in the 2007 Emmy Winning VH1 documentary DMC: My Adoption Journey, giving him tremendous insight and purpose and prompting him to become an advocate for adoption and children in foster care.  In between his work as a musician, published author and speaker, DMC co-founded the Felix Organization- a nonprofit that works with adoptees and foster children.  He’s received numerous awards for his many philanthropic endeavors and his many advocacies for the Arts and Education, including the Hard Rock’s 2007 Love All Serve All Award. Run-D.M.C. was recently inducted into the 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. For more information, visit http://www.me-dmc.com.

About Run-D.M.C.

Founded by Joseph “Reverend Run” Simmons, Darryl “D.M.C” McDaniels, and Jason “Jam-Master Jay”
Mizell, Run-D.M.C. took hip hop from the streets of New York to the national stage.  Formed in Hollis, Queens, the group is arguably the most important and influential act in the history of hip hop. They were the biggest act in hip-hop throughout the 1980s and is widely credited with breaking hip hop into mainstream music. In 2004, Rolling Stone named them one of the greatest musical artists of all time. In 2007, the trio was named Greatest Hip Hop Group of All Time by MTV.com. They were also named Greatest Hip Hop Artist of All Time by VH1. Run-D.M.C. was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 4, 2009 at Cleveland’s historic Public Hall.

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 (and Saturdays through Labor Day), 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 or visit http://www.rockhall.com.  The Museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.