CLEVELAND (September 26, 2012) – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and Case Western Reserve University are pleased to announce the full week of events that will honor the Rolling Stones at the 18th Annual Music Masters tribute It’s Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It): The Music of The Rolling Stones. The series begins on Monday, October 21 and culminates with an all-star tribute concert on Saturday, October 26. The series is sponsored by ELS Surround.
The tribute concert on October 26 will be anchored by a group of top flight musicians who have performed with the Rolling Stones over their fifty year career and contributed to shaping the band’s extraordinary sound. Grammy Award-winning drummer Steve Jordan will lead the house band as musical director. Jordan has assembled a group of critically-acclaimed musicians, including Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Ian McLagan, Bernard Fowler, Bobby Keys, Trevor Lawrence, Steve Madaio, Waddy Wachtel and Willie Weeks to perform. Joining the tribute concert lineup are Merry Clayton and Sarah Dash. Due to a scheduling conflict, Lisa Fischer and Ivan Neville are no longer performing. Tickets to the October 26th tribute concert range from $30 - $80 and are available at the PlayhouseSquare box office, by calling (216) 241-6000, or by visiting www.playhousesquare.org. TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE, BUT ARE GOING FAST.
FREE with RSVP – Tuesday, October 22 at 7 p.m. – Author Series with Bill Janovitz at Cuyahoga Community College’s Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts in the Black Box Theater (adjacent to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Library and Archives, 2809 Woodland Avenue, Cleveland)
Bill Janovitz is a singer, guitarist, and songwriter in the band Buffalo Tom. His recent book, Rocks Off: 50 Tracks That Tell the Story of the Rolling Stones (St. Martin’s Press; $25.99; Hardcover) presents the story of the Rolling Stones as told through fifty of their most representative songs. Janovitz is also the author of Exile on Main Street (from the critically acclaimed 33 1/3 series) about the iconic Stones album. Following the program, Janovitz will participate in a book signing. This event is free with a reservation. Seating is limited. Reservations can be made through the Rock Hall website at https://tickets.rockhall.com or at the Rock Hall Box Office. Rock Hall Members can RSVP starting at 10 a.m. on Monday, September 30. General public can RSVP starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 1.
FREE with RSVP - Wednesday, October 23 at 4:30 p.m. – Teachers Rock “Following the River”: Exploring the Roots of the Rolling Stones in the Rock Hall’s “Eat to the Beat” on the 3rd floor.
Join us for a special teacher workshop inspired by the Rolling Stones and their musical roots. Teachers will learn how to connect their classroom curriculum to the artistry of the Stones by examining the history of the American roots music that inspired them. This workshop is appropriate for upper-elementary through high school teachers and is designed for educators around Northeast Ohio. This event is free with a reservation. Space is limited. Reservations can be made through the Rock Hall website at https://tickets.rockhall.com.
FREE with RSVP – Wednesday, October 23 at 8 p.m. – Songwriters to Soundmen with Steve Jordan, Bobby Keys and Steve Madaio in the Rock Hall’s Foster Theater on the 4th floor
Jordan (the musical director for the October 26 tribute concert), Keys and Madaio will be interviewed in front of a live audience by Jason Hanley, the Rock Hall’s Director of Education, and will answer questions from the audience. They will discuss the musicians’ previous work with the Rolling Stones, reflect on the act of assembling the house band for this year’s tribute concert, and how they will interpret the music from the Stones 50-year long catalog. This event is free with a reservation. Seating is limited. Reservations can be made through the Rock Hall website at https://tickets.rockhall.com or at the Rock Hall Box Office. Rock Hall Members can RSVP starting at 10 a.m. on Monday, September 30. General public can RSVP starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 1.
FREE - Thursday, October 24 at 7:00 p.m. – Keynote Lecture by Alan Light at Case Western Reserve University’s Ford Auditorium, 11000 Euclid Ave.
Alan Light's keynote will examine the latter-day Rolling Stones, and the triumphs and challenges of their longevity. Light is the former Editor-in-Chief of Spin and Vibe magazines, a frequent contributor to the New York Times and Rolling Stone, and the author of The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley and the Unlikely Ascent of “Hallelujah”. This event is free and reservations are not required. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Saturday, October 26 from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. – Annual Music Masters Conference in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Foster Theater.
A reflection on the career of the Rolling Stones and their impact on rock and roll music. The conference will feature a screening of ABKCO film’s Charlie Is My Darling: Ireland 1965 (2012, 64 minutes), a legendary but never released film shot during a quick tour of Ireland in 1965; an interview with singer Merry Clayton, the unforgettable voice on “Gimme Shelter”; and additional presentations. Tickets are $25 ($10 lunch voucher included) and are available through the Rock Hall website at https://tickets.rockhall.com or at the Rock Hall Box Office. Rock Hall Members can purchase tickets starting at 10 a.m. on Monday, September 30. General public can purchase tickets starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 1. Admission to the Museum is free with the purchase of a conference ticket. Portions of this event will be streamed live on rockhall.com.
Saturday, October 26 at 7:30 p.m. – Annual Music Masters Tribute Concert at PlayhouseSquare’s State Theatre
Grammy Award-winning drummer Steve Jordan will lead the house band as musical director. Jordan has assembled a group of critically-acclaimed musicians, including Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Ian McLagan, Bernard Fowler, Bobby Keys, Trevor Lawrence, Steve Madaio, Waddy Wachtel and Willie Weeks to perform. Joining the tribute concert lineup are Merry Clayton and Sarah Dash. Due to a scheduling conflict, Lisa Fischer and Ivan Neville are no longer performing. Tickets to the October 26th tribute concert range from $30 - $80 and are available at the PlayhouseSquare box office, by calling (216) 241-6000, or by visiting www.playhousesquare.org. TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE, BUT ARE GOING FAST.
Special programs for students:
Monday, October 21 at 1:00 p.m. – On the Road “You Got Me Rocking”: The Musical Roots of the Rolling Stones
Join the Rock Hall’s award-winning education team for a special distance learning class for students to be streamed LIVE on the Rock Hall’s website at www.rockhall.com/education. Rock Hall Educators will demonstrate how the Rolling Stones drew from blues, rhythm and blues, and early rock and roll to create a sound and style that helped to define the British Invasion. Students will examine how the music of artists such as Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Chuck Berry shaped the Stones as musicians and later, as songwriters. Songs to be discussed include “Little Red Rooster” and “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” Students will have the opportunity to email questions to Rock Hall educators during the live stream. There is no cost to connect. This class is appropriate for middle and high school classrooms.
For more information, visit rockhall.com.
For an expansive Rolling Stones biography written by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, and pictures and video clips from their 1989 induction, please visit www.rockhall.com.
About the Annual Music Masters Series
The Annual Music Masters series, a co-production of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities at Case Western Reserve University, celebrates the lives and careers of artists who changed the shape and sound of rock and roll music. Beginning in 2013, the series was renamed the Annual Music Masters series to better reflect the evolving and expanding rock and roll story. Each year, the Music Masters series explores the legacy of a pioneering rock and roll figure in a range of events that includes Museum exhibits, lectures, films, a major conference and a tribute concert benefiting the Rock Hall’s education programs. Drawing together experts, artists, fans and friends, these events provide new perspectives on the most beloved and influential musicians of the past century.
The tribute concert brings together a diverse mix of artists and musical styles, and as a result, many magical moments have taken place over the years. Chuck Berry took the stage last year and during a performance of his song “Reelin’ And Rockin’” he surprised the audience with his signature move – “the Duck Walk.” In 2004, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss performed onstage together for the first time to honor Lead Belly. The pair was awarded the highest honors of Album of the Year for Raising Sand and Record of the Year for "Please Read The Letter" at the 51st annual Grammy Awards. Honoree Jerry Lee Lewis, who was not scheduled to perform at the 2007 concert, was moved to take the stage at the end of the show. Lewis tenderly played the piano and sang “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”. At the first Annual Music Masters tribute concert, Bruce Springsteen set the bar high and performed in honor of Woody Guthrie. The most star-studded and unique performance by a trio was Aretha Franklin, Solomon Burke and Elvis Costello paying tribute to Sam Cooke in 2005. In 2008, a 93-year-old Les Paul took the stage with his trio and then led an epic jam with some of rock and roll’s greatest guitarists, from Jennifer Batten to Slash. Janis Joplin was honored in 2009 by Grammy winner Lucinda Williams with a song she composed especially for the occasion, and in 2010, Dave Bartholomew brought down the house with a performance in tribute of honorees Fats Domino and Bartholomew himself. In 2011, Aretha Franklin was not planning to perform, but at the last minute she requested a piano and took the stage to perform Leon Russell’s “A Song for You,” which she recorded in 1974. The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment of all Ohioans.
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.
About Case Western Reserve University
Case Western Reserve University is among the nation’s leading research institutions. Founded in 1826 and shaped by the unique merger of the Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University, Case Western Reserve is distinguished by its strengths in education, research, service, and experiential learning. Located in Cleveland, Case Western Reserve offers nationally recognized programs in the Arts and Sciences, Dental Medicine, Engineering, Law, Management, Medicine, Nursing, and Social Work. www.case.edu Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities was established in 1996 with a generous gift of endowment from Eric and Jane Nord to celebrate the achievements of the arts and humanities. The Center facilitates cross-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary collaborations that address questions and problems of broad human interest.