CLEVELAND (July 23, 2008) - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is pleased to announce the Celebration Festival, an afternoon of live performances that will showcase gospel music. Local gospel acts The Prayer Warriors, “THE WORD” Church Praise Team, Maurice Cooke, and Walter Barnes, Jr., & Men of Ministry are scheduled to perform on the Main Stage at the Rock Hall on Sunday, July 27, 2008 from 1- 4:30 p.m.

This event is made possible through sponsorship by Target and KeyBank and generous support from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. Official media sponsors are WEWS NewsChannel 5 and Radio One. The Celebration Festival is FREE, however paid admission is necessary to tour the Rock Hall exhibits.

The festival will open with Walter Barnes, Jr. & Men of Ministry, nine talented young men who write, sing, play and produce their own music as proven on their latest album, Appointed Time. Walter Barnes, Jr. & Men of Ministry have shared the stage with artists such as Brian McKnight, Patti LaBelle, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, The O’Jays and Ruben Studdard.

The Prayer Warriors consist of 20 members and began performing for nursing homes and in coffee houses, and have since played to audiences at Quicken Loans Arena and Public Hall. The group performs a broad selection of songs, including the infamous “Amazing Grace” and Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall.”

Maurice Cooke is a professional roller skater, well known in the Cleveland area for wowing crowds with his theatrical skating to a variety of musical styles, including gospel. “THE WORD” Church Praise Team performs every Sunday in Warrensville Heights at “THE WORD” Church, a community of over 20,000 members. 

As part of an ongoing community festival series at the Rock Hall, the Celebration Festival offers the opportunity for Cleveland’s diverse communities to become more familiar with the Museum and the vast array of music genres and cultures it celebrates.

For more information on the Target Community Festival series at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, please visit

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. For general inquiries, please call 216.781.ROCK or visit