The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is located in Cleveland, but why? Major milestones, including influential people and events, that have developed and shaped the genre took place right here, making Cleveland the birthplace of rock and roll.
Leo Mintz opens The Record Rendezvous in Cleveland, a store specializing in rhythm and blues known then as “race music.” About 12 years later Mintz convinces local deejay Alan Freed to start playing those records on the air, effectively launching the rock ‘n’ roll era.
Cleveland disc jockey Alan Freed begins his “Moondog Show” on WJW, broadcasting only rhythm and blues music. It quickly becomes a hit with all audiences. He calls the music “rock ‘n’ roll.”
On March 21, 1952, Freed puts on the first ever rock and roll show in Cleveland and calls it “The Moondog Coronation Ball.” The show, oversold by more than 10,000 tickets, causes an overflow of the crowds breaking down the doors and storming the arena where a full-scale riot escalates and ultimately cancels the show. Rock n’ roll music makes headlines everywhere and controversy ensues.
Elvis Presely plays in Cleveland at Brooklyn High School, his first concert above the Mason-Dixon Line.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Jane Scott becomes the first established rock writer, beginning a teen music column in 1962. Scott went on to become known as the “oldest living rock critic,” staying on with the paper until 2002.
The Beatles invade Cleveland and play Public Hall. The crowd rushes the stage numerous times which leads police to delay the show multiple times before finally cutting the performance short. The following year, The Beatles are banned from playing in the city.
1973 – 1986
WMMS dominates the Cleveland radio airwaves and gains a national reputation as a forum for new rock acts.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum opens its doors on North Coast Harbor. The pyramid-like shape is designed to reflect a guitar shooting up to the sky.
– April Ingle
Note: The return of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony to Cleveland, on April 14, is the perfect opportunity for music-lovers of any kind to schedule their tour stop in the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll. Visit www.clevelandrockweek.com for a list of events, hotel packages, dining options and your chance to win four tickets to the sold-out induction ceremony.
Just some updates:
Last week, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum announced a week long list of events surrounding the 27th Annual Induction Ceremony. In addition to the formal ceremony to be held on Saturday, April 14, fans can take advantage of free admissions and concerts and attend a live simulcast of the main event.
Tickets will be made available to the public for each event and although some events are free, tickets are required so snag them while they last.
Saturday, March 31
Saturday, April 7
Tuesday, April 10
Thursday, April 12
Saturday, April 14
PLUS the grand opening of the Rock Hall’s Library & Archives
Still haven’t seen the inductee list? Check it out:
Guns N’ Roses
Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Small Faces/The Faces
The Famous Flames
The Blue Caps
And for more rock week news follow twitter hashtag #rockhall2012 and visit www.clevelandrockweek.com where we’ll be making four people really, really happy when they win tickets to the 27th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
– Corinne Allie
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions will be held in Cleveland, Ohio on April 14, 2012. To celebrate we’re immersing ourselves in all things music. This week we’re searching for Cleveland’s jukeboxes and we need your help. We’ve gotten things started below. If you could be so kind as to comment with your favorite jukebox in CLE we’d be forever grateful.
5004 Lorain Ave., Cleveland, OH 44102
Steve’s Lunch is a classic 24-hour Ohio City (near westside) diner with tabletop record-playing jukeboxes. It’s a late-night hotdog place that’s been around since the ’50s that insiders in Cleveland know and love. Music aside, the chili dogs are an attraction within themselves.
15711 Waterloo Road, Cleveland, OH 44110
The Beachland Ballroom is a former Croatian hall and a nationally-recognized live music venue with an acclaimed jukebox. Blender Magazine (02.01.08) named the Beachland’s jukebox the best in the US saying, “The vintage 1966 Rock-Ola at Beachland is free, plays a handpicked mix of vinyl … It holds 80 records, which means 160 sides, all lovingly chosen by Beachland’s crate-cruising co-owner Mark Leddy.” Best of all? Playing a tune on Beachland’s jukebox is free.
South East Harley-Davidson’s Harley Diner
23105 Aurora Road, Cleveland OH 44146
This 1946 diner car inside of a Harley Davidson dealership serves up breakfasts and lunches that draw riders and non-riders from all over. And the jukebox? From a recent AP article: “Across the lunch counter, Neil Cole and his brother Richard sit in the diner car enjoying lunch, just as they have at least once a week for the last nine years. Little Eva sings the classic “Locomotion” from the jukebox at their table.”
Mitzi’s Jerman Café
3840 St. Clair Ave. N.E., Cleveland, Ohio
Mitzi’s is a great dive bar known for its character, its characters and its jukebox. From Blogging Ohio, “Mitzi’s is a gem of a bar. There are cheap drinks, an awesome jukebox, a pool table. You even have to get buzzed in the front door. Once in, it’s welcoming and comfortable.”
Pats in the Flats
2233 West Third Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44113
There is a jukebox of note in this working man’s bar in the Flats of Cleveland (by the steel mills). Family-owned, this rockin’ live music venue is much beloved by Clevelanders.
Little Kings Lounge
3009 Payne Ave., Cleveland, OH 44114
A friendly little biker bar offering a classic Frank Zappa jukebox. But our favorite feature is the wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling men’s room graffiti. There’s raunchy humor, wisdom for the ages and a tremendous collection of limericks.”
– the marketing team
When you first walk into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, you immediately see giant props. Held up by a series of cables and wires, decorated Trabant cars from U2’s Zoo TV tour dangle precipitously from the ceiling. The names Moby and Gwen, references to the DJ and the former No Doubt singer who collaborated together in 2000 on the Top 40 hit “Southside,” are illuminated in bright lights. The huge stone-like sculpture that was on Pink Floyd’s 1994 album The Division Bell sits high in the rafters. But while those large-scale in-your-face items are immediately striking, the Rock Hall has a number of hidden gems that are well worth seeking out.
One of the Hall’s best artifacts is also one of the oldest. The guitar that John Lennon played during the two infamous “bed-in for peace” events he staged in 1969 to protest the Vietnam War is included as part of the Beatles’ display on the first floor. It has been part of the Rock Hall’s collection since the museum first opened 15 years ago.
“John [Lennon] had it painted psychedelic in 1966 by the same people who painted the outside mural at the Apple Boutique and his Rolls Royce,” says Assistant Curator Meredith Rutledge. “You can still see the blue paint inside the sound hole. The guitar was blue and red with swirls that went all the way up to the neck.”
Situated on the shores of Lake Erie, appropriately in the birthplace of rock and roll, is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. It’s the world’s first museum dedicated solely to rock, and one of Cleveland’s most popular tourist attractions, inviting thousands inside each year to share with them the great history of musical geniuses like The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles and The Supremes. Inside these glass walls, fans are immersed in the lives, dreams and legends of rock’s greatest contributors.
Impeccably designed by master architect I.M. Pei, the “house that rock built” mimics Pei’s design for the famous Louvre in Paris. Surrounded by a 65,000 square foot plaza where concerts are held during the summer and visitors may take a minute to admire Lake Erie and the surrounding Cleveland skyline, the pyramid shaped, glass front museum creates a picturesque vision. No matter the time of day, the impressive structure provides a feeling there’s something much larger inside than you or I.
Visitors are met with 55,000 square feet of exhibition space. Organized into categories and decades, the museum is easy to navigate and deserves a whole day, maybe more, if you can spare. The costume wing is my favorite along with the hand-written lyrics, personal belongings from another time and place that put you closer to the creative process behind some of rock’s most talked-about.
A gallery dedicated to the architects of rock and roll put into perspective the birth of rock and the genre’s rough journey to recognition and respect. Alan Freed, the man who coined the term “rock and roll” and introduced rhythm and blues on a white radio station is highlighted here along with Les Paul and the first electric guitar and Sam Phillip’s Sun Studio where Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and others made their first recordings.
At the top of the pyramid you’ll find the Hall of Fame Inductee Gallery. To be eligible for induction into this prestigious group, the artist must have released a record at least 25 years prior to the year of induction. According to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, “an artist’s musical influence on other artists, length and depth of career and the body of work, innovation and superiority in style and technique” are all factors considered when inducting a musician, “but musical excellence shall be the essential qualification of induction.” So far there have been 25 induction ceremonies for a total of 605 inductees all of which you can learn more about through interactive displays and videos at the Rock Hall. Ceremonies are held every year, and are hosted in Cleveland every third year.
The story of the progression of rock and the roles it played in society is one we should all know and there’s no better place to learn about it than the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Admission is $22 for adults, $17 for seniors 65+, $13 for children ages 9-12 and free for children 8 and under. The museum is open every day from 10am to 5pm except Thanksgiving and Christmas and it’s open late on Wednesdays until 9pm. To learn more visit www.rockhall.com. Take a photo tour here. – Submitted by C.A., video by F.C.
The Doubletree Hotel in downtown Cleveland recently underwent a full renovation (and flag change to become a Doubletree–it was a Holiday Inn) and I must admit I like their style. A new layout in the lobby opens things up and makes room for Starbucks. Dark wood floors and comfortable furniture fill the lobby offering a nice setting for travelers to check email, read or relax. Other hotel amenities include an indoor pool, free wi-fi throughout, an attached sports bar/restaurant, covered parking, workout facility, meeting rooms and a large ballroom.
The Doubletree is in walking distance to many downtown attractions like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, PlayhouseSquare, Browns Stadium and the Great Lakes Science Center, as well as examples of Cleveland’s flourishing culinary scene in the Warehouse District and along East Fourth Street. The Doubletree also offers shuttle service within the downtown area. (Oh, and warm, delicious chocolate chip cookies for its arriving guests!)
So, whether you’re on a family vacation or traveling for business, the Doubletree will accommodate your needs. And all of this comes with an incredible view of Lake Erie.
Well, no, not really – but after seeing a preview of U2 3D in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum‘s recently-turned-up-to-eleven Foster Theater, my 12-year-old daughter and I left the place feeling like we had actually seen the band in person.
I’ve never seen U2 live, and I didn’t get a chance to see this movie during its limited 2007 theatrical run, so during the opening moments after we’d put on our viewing glasses, I felt that pre-show excitement in my gut.
And when the first notes of the opening number roared through the speakers, I got a genuine goosebump rush–which would happen again at least a half-dozen times during the 85-minute movie.
The depth and natural effectiveness of the 3-D projection is absolutely fantastic. We said afterward that during some of the wide-angle shots, it seemed as though we were watching the foreground projected on a scrim while the stadium was an actual physical backdrop on the stage behind the screen.
At the same time, the audio was loud enough to engulf us without being distorted or hurting our hears, and sounded rich with directional layering and detail. There were a few moments when I really couldn’t tell if a fan’s cheer was a concert-goer captured live or someone in the theater next to me.
If you live in Cleveland Plus, you’re very aware that summertime equates to time spent outside. It’s a fact of life, and for many of us, an addiction. We’re a region of people that bust out our shorts on an unseasonably warm 65-degree day in March, and squeeze every last remnant of warm weather out of a weekend in September.
I’m pretty much the most un-athletic person I know and all my friends and family would probably agree (last gym class: May 27, 1999 = happiest day of my life). But there’s a certain something about a bike ride that helps phys. ed. haters feel special. And for those of us who love the area, City Bikes is a dream come true.
My husband and I took the opportunity to experience City Bikes on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in July. Situated next to Zocalo on East 4th Street, the bike station is manned by one of the Downtown Cleveland Alliance’s ambassadors. For $15 (they only accept credit/debit) you get a two-hour bike rental, helmet and bike lock. For kids, the same goes for $12. (Head to the Cleveland Plus Visitors Center to pick up a buy one get one free coupon.) After paying, you’re asked to sign a waiver and off you go.
Were you psyched about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony? For the first time since 1997, Cleveland hosted the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony – something that usually takes place in New York City. But if you think the Rock Hall is the only Cleveland organization hosting musical inductions this year . . . think again.
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame.
Polka, you ask? Yes, folks, polka. That jolly two-step dance accompanied by the lively accordion beat is a Cleveland pastime that we mustn’t forget. And, thanks to our friends at the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame in Euclid, forgetfulness is out of the question.
After the documentaries. After the dramas. After the animated shorts and the experimental puzzlers. What’s a movie buff at the 33rd Cleveland International Film Festival (March 19-29, 2009) to do?
Good and plenty, with many options under one roof.
Every spring, the festival takes over Tower City Center, a downtown mall filled with shopping and restaurants. Those who tire of popcorn and Milk Duds can find everything from burgers and beer at Hard Rock Cafe, to regional organic cuisine at Muse, and steaks at Morton’s or Hyde Park.