Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum celebrates Black Music Month with 17th annual Rock and Soul Festival featuring free DJ performance from Biz Markie

CLEVELAND (June 10, 2014) – To celebrate Black Music Month, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will host the 17th annual Rock and Soul Festival, presented by KeyBank, from Noon until 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 29. The general public is invited to attend this FREE festival. No RSVPs are necessary. 

The Rock and Soul Festival is a celebration of African American music. The vitality of Black influence on American music and culture has been irresistible; its impact, profound and lasting. This soulful festival features performances by national and local artists and coincides with Black Music Month. Artists performing include Biz Markie, West Side Community House's Summer of Sisterhood, Humble G Tha Fiddla and Crybaby Gangsta.

17th Annual Rock and Soul Festival Lineup:

Born Marcel Theo Hall in 1964, Biz Markie would gain recognition in 1988 with the release of his debut album Goin’ Off, featuring the singles “Make the Music with Your Mouth, Biz,” “Vapors,” and “Nobody Beats the Biz.” His most successful single would come in 1989, when “Just a Friend” would peak at #9 on the charts. Twenty-five years later, Biz Markie remains in the spotlight, thanks to appearances on late-night talk shows, performances at mega-events and after-parties and television credits including VH1’s “Celebrity Fit Club,” “Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘N Out” on MTV, and Nick Jr.’s “Yo Gabba Gabba,” with whom he currently tours.

West Side Community House's Summer of Sisterhood program began in 2010 under the leadership of Ali McClain, youth services director.  The program teaches girls ages 10-18 how the power of creative expression can positively change their community and even the world.  The girls work intensively for eight week with professional teaching artists to create original songs, music videos, and live performances of their work.

Myles Alexander Keaton Smith a.k.a. Humble G Tha Fiddla is a self-pronounced “hip-hope” artist aiming to bring artistry and class to the modern day rap game. Humble G adds the European flavor of his violin to African drums to create a hybrid “Afripean” sound. In recent years, Humble G has played the 2011 U.S. Open tennis tournament, opened a 2007 campaign rally for Barack Obama, and regularly plays local churches, schools, colleges, clubs and bars.

Marshon “Crybaby Gangsta” Jones hit the Ohio rap scene hardened and hungry with mix-tape appearances that gained him instant street credibility. His raps are easy to understand, but his skills are hardly lacking – he has a loose, easy flow and a talent for piling metaphors and similes on top of one another to perfect the art of modern day storytelling. 

About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum:

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. 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 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 activities.

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 are free. A 6% Admission Tax that goes to support Cleveland Metropolitan Schools is added to each ticket at purchase. 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 (7625) or visit  The Ohio Arts Council supports the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The Museum is also generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.