The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Announces Free Summer in the City Concert Series

Carolina Chocolate Drops, Free Energy, Deer Tick, Trans Am will perform at the Museum this July and August

CLEVELAND (May 24, 2010) – Summer in the City, a FREE live concert series featuring the most buzzed-about bands on the rise, returns this summer at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum beginning on Wednesday, July 14 on the Museum plaza (weather permitting, if necessary it will be moved inside to the Main Stage). Summer in the City is sponsored by Ohio Natural Gas, Kia Motors, Time Warner Cable, KeyBank, Jim Beam and Twisted Tea.

Some of the country and region’s most popular up-and-coming bands and artists will perform for the first time at the Rock Hall. Each Summer the City artist or band has been invited to blog on to share their experiences with fans: how they got started, their inspirations, their aspirations for the future and what their thoughts are on performing in Cleveland at the Museum.

Summer Sessions free concert series schedule (Local support will be announced at a later date. Please check for complete concert schedule and updates.):

JULY 14 – 7 p.m.               
Carolina Chocolate Drops:

·    Rolling Stone Magazine described the Carolina Chocolate Drops’ style of music as “dirt-floor-dance electricity.”  The band, which formed in 2005 in North Carolina, got their initial start on the music festival circuit and soon shared the stage with Taj Mahal. In 2007, they appeared in Denzel Washington’s film The Great Debaters and joined Garrison Keiler on Prairie Home Companion. A year later, they received an invitation to play on the Grand Ole Opry as the first black string band to perform on its stage. The release of their latest album Genuine Negro Jig this year has confirmed the group's place in the music pantheon. With its tongue in cheek, multiple-meaning title, the album ranges boldly from Joe Thompson’s Cindy Gal to Tom Waits’ Trampled Rose and band member Rhiannon Gidden’s acoustic hip hop version of R&B artist Blu Cantrell’s Hit ‘Em Up Style.

JULY 21 – 7 p.m.           
Free Energy:

·    Philadelphia rock band Free Energy is comprised of ex-Hockey Night band members Paul Sprangers and Scott Wells, as well as Evan Wells, Geoff Bucknam and Nick Shuminksy. The band officially formed in the fall of 2007 and garnered attention with their melodic, hook-laden dance-rock tunes. The group recorded their debut album Stuck On Nothing with producer James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem. Released in March on DFA Records, the same month as their talked about SXSW Music Festival shows, Stuck On You has received critical acclaim from fans and the media: Rolling Stone magazine labeled Free Energy as a band to watch this year and have since appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman.

AUGUST 11 – 7 p.m.               
Deer Tick:

·    Deer Tick may be called indie rock, but are best known for their infusion of sounds rooted in folk, blues and alt-country music. Nevertheless, in part due to singer John McCauley's voice, which has been likened to a hybrid of Kurt Cobain and Gary Louris from the Jayhawks, the influence of grunge in the band’s sound is undeniable. In 2004, McCauley began what would later become Deer Tick at the age of 19 and released the debut album War Elephant in 2007.In May 2009, the band was the first band profiled on BriTunes, the web-only music interview program hosted by NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams. The band's third album, the Black Dirt Sessions, will be released on June 8, 2010.

AUGUST 18 – 7 p.m.           
Trans Am:

·    Nathan Means, Philip Manley, and Sebastian Thomson formed synth-rock band Trans Am in 1990 near Washington, D.C. The band, which started as a side project of a ska collective, signed to Chicago-based independent record label Thrill Jockey. Their self-titled debut album, recorded after only a few rehearsals in 1996, was mainly instrumental and incorporated sounds of bands from the 1970s such as Boston and Yes. Since then, the group has toured with bands like Tool and the Bronx as well as releases seven other albums, solidifying a more rock and roll sound with nods to Kraftwerk, Can and New Order. Their latest album, Thing, was released earlier this year.

Each concert will be held outside on the Museum’s plaza.  In case of bad weather, the shows will be moved indoors on the Main Stage.  Please visit for line-up and schedule updates.

About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

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