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Cleveland’s Rock Timeline

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.

1939

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.

1952

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.”

1952

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.

1955

Elvis Presely plays in Cleveland at Brooklyn High School, his first concert above the Mason-Dixon Line.

1962

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.

1966

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.

1995

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.


Headlining in 2012

Hi everyone. We’re getting excited for the 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony being held in Cleveland on Saturday, April 14. To celebrate we’re giving away tickets, talking about all things Cleveland music and tweeting with the hashtag #ClevelandRocks to share event details, celeb sightings and more.

We’re kicking things off this week by highlighting famous CLE musicians who made it the main stage and some of this year’s major headliners headed to Cleveland.

LOCAL MUSIC SCENE ON THE RISE

It’s not just headlining national acts making all the noise these days.  The local Cleveland music scene has always been known to belt out iconic bands onto the mainstream radio waves.  Take a look at some of Cleveland Plus’ favorite musicians that made it to the main stage:

Bone Thugs N Harmony
Eric Carmen
Tracy Chapman
Devo
James Gang
Levert
Macy Gray
Nine Inch Nails
O’Jays
Pere Ubu
The Pretenders 
Raspberries
Robert Lockwood, Jr.

HEADLINING IN 2012

Cleveland, Ohio, the birthplace of rock and roll is often a “not-to-miss” stop on concert schedules. And with a variety of concert venues, and travel costs 30-40 percent less than competitive first tier cities, visitors can rock out to their favorite headliners on a starving artist budget. The following bands and festivals have already announced their tour dates in Cleveland, providing the perfect opportunity to start planning that once-in-a-lifetime concert getaway.

Eric Church – Blood, Sweat and Beers Tour
Wolstein Center
2.24.12
www.wolsteincenter.com

MUTE MATH
House of Blues
3.4.12
www.houseofblues.com/venues/clubvenues/cleveland/

Boyz II Men
House of Blues
3.16.12
www.houseofblues.com/venues/clubvenues/cleveland/

The 5th Cleveland Blues Festival
PlayhouseSquare
3.16.12
www.playhousesquare.org

The Black Keys
Quicken Loans Arena
3.20.12
www.theqarena.com

The Saw Doctors
House of Blues
3.23.12
www.houseofblues.com/venues/clubvenues/cleveland/

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Quicken Loans Arena
4.17.12
www.theqarena.com

Hot Chelle Ray: Beautiful Freaks Tour 2012
House of Blues
4.18.12
www.houseofblues.com/venues/clubvenues/cleveland/

Tri-C JazzFest
PlayhouseSquare
4.19.12 – 4.29.12
www.tricjazzfest.com

Rammstein
Quicken Loans Arena
5.3.12
www.theqarena.com

Yanni
PlayhouseSquare
5.17.12
www.playhousesquare.org

Lady Antebellum
Blossom Music Center
6.1.12
www.livenation.com

The Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Quicken Loans Arena
6.1.12
www.theqarena.com

Neil Diamond
Quicken Loans Arena
7.1.12
www.theqarena.com 

Vans Warped Tour
TBD
7.11.12
www.vanswarpedtour.com

Brothers of the Sun Tour featuring Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw
Cleveland Browns Stadium
7.29.12
www.clevelandbrowns.com

Madonna World Tour 2012
Quicken Loans Arena
11.10.12
www.theqarena.com

– Submitted by April Ingle, Communications Assistant 

CLE Bands to Watch (03.19.09)

Band stickers on the door of Music Saves in Collinwood (Credit: KFCrisafi)

Band stickers on the door of Music Saves in Collinwood (Credit: KFCrisafi)

This admittedly biased guide’s is entitled “CLE Bands to Watch.”  In the humble opinion of many Cleveland music lovers, this city’s always been home to artists and performers worth championing.  Punk rockers, metalheads, folksters and even good ol’ meat-and-potatoes classic rock lovers love their locals. We’re good like that.
 
A quick scan of pop media might bring up superstar rock duo The Black Keys, and their emerging cohort, Jessica Lea Mayfield. Now, the Keys are from Cleveland’s southern sister, Akron, and Ms. Mayfield is from a little bit even further out, but that doesn’t mean Clevelanders won’t let them into the musical family that’s been scattered here for 30 plus years.
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CLE’s Independently-Owned Concert Clubs (02.22.09)

The back bar @ Beachland Ballroom. (Photo: KFCrisafi)

The back bar @ Beachland Ballroom. (Photo: KFCrisafi)

It’s well known that Cleveland has a vibrant live music scene encompassing a wide variety of styles to entice any serious fan. Bands on the scene range from acoustic folk and polka to the heaviest of metal and intricate math-rock. The biggest challenge for any concertgoer traveling to CLE for the first time, however, is actually finding the spots where each kind of music gets performed. Cleveland is not like other large cities that have a critical mass of great music clubs on one street or in a small district. While the House of Blues, Blossom Music Center and other big venues are easy to spot, some of Cleveland’s best clubs are smaller and independently-owned. These local favs are distributed equally east and west of downtown. Each club adds a specific spice to Cleveland’s musical gumbo. 
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