Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announces programming for Black History Month

Special guests include Valerie June, Grammy Award winning producer Boo Mitchell, 2017 Grammy nominee Bobby Rush & more

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will celebrate national Black History month with a series of events and programming. Events include live concerts, film screenings, special programs for Museum visitors, and intimate evenings of conversation.

The Rock Hall’s annual Black History Month celebration is a cornerstone of its programming and outreach, recognizing the extraordinary contributions that African- Americans have made to rock and roll music. Since 1996, highlights have included conversations with Solomon Burke, Holland-Dozier-Holland, Ruth Brown, Al Green, Bobby Womack, Bootsy Collins, Chuck D, Rahiem, and Little Anthony and the Imperials.

Black History Month 2017 events:

Valerie June “The Order of Time” Tour
With supporting act Oh Pep!
Fri., Feb. 10. 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Klipsch Audio Main Stage $5.50 | On sale NOW at

Since the release of her 2013 breakout Pushin' Against A Stone, June has been patiently at work in the garden of song, nurturing seedlings with love and care into the lush bloom that is her stunning new album, The Order Of Time.

This concert is general admission, standing room only. Tickets also include admission into the Rock Hall’s Ahmet Ertegun Main Exhibition Hall.


Hip Hop 2020: Where It started + Where It’s been + Where It’s Going
Wed., Feb. 15 at 6:30 p.m.
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Foster Theater
Free | RSVP at

Join radio, DJ, and production experts as they discuss the development and growth of hip-hop over the last four decades. Cleveland 365 executive Terry Travis will moderate a discussion with Radio One program director Bill Black, Cleveland hip-hop legend Johnny O, WEMZ radio personality Ro Digga, DJ KY, and others. They will dig deep into the roots of hip-hop and its future including global impact, women’s roles, socially conscious messages in hip-hop and more. This event will kick off with short DJ sets by DJ Yulissa, DJ RoadRunner, DJ Ellery, DJ Walk, & Corey Grand.

Take Me to the River (film screening & panel discussion)
Thurs., Feb. 23 at 7 p.m.
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Foster Theater
FREE for Rock Hall members, $5.50 for non-members | On-sale now at

Take Me to the River is a feature film celebrating the inter-generational and inter-racial musical influence of Memphis in the face of pervasive discrimination and segregation. The film brings multiple generations of award-winning Memphis and Mississippi Delta musicians together.

Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion with special guests, including director/producer Martin Shore, Hall of Fame Inductee Jerry Harrison of the Talking Heads, Grammy-award winning producer Boo Mitchell [“Uptown Funk”], Academy Award-winning rapper Frayser Boy [“It’s Hard out here for a Pimp”], 2017 Grammy nominee Bobby Rush, and Critics Choice-winning rapper Al Kapone.


The Big Beat: Fats Domino and the Birth of Rock N’ Roll (film screening)
Sun., Feb. 26
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Forest City/RMS Theater (Main Exhibition Hall) Included with Museum admission

Join the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as we celebrate the 89th birthday of 1986 Inductee Fats Domino. The 90-minute documentary film will play on loop all day in the Forest City / RMS Theater inside of the main exhibition hall. The Big Beat chronicles Fats Domino's extraordinary rise to become one of the most popular, ground-breaking performers in rock and roll. The film features electrifying vintage live performance footage, interviews key collaborators Dave Bartholomew, Cosimo Matassa, and Herb Hardesty, as well as interviews with Fats Domino himself.

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