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2012 Rock Hall Induction Ceremony Ticket Giveaway

Did you miss your chance to purchase tickets to the 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Cleveland? Thanks to the Rock Hall, we have four tickets to give away to one lucky winner. Click the image below and then fill out the form to be entered to win. We don’t ask for anything too personal and it only takes a few seconds. Good luck!

Not to worry if you’re not the chosen one. Cleveland will be full of music inspired events during Rock Induction Week April 5-14. Take advantage of a live simulcast of the ceremony at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a free concert featuring Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic as well as Cleveland’s own Kid Cudi and so much more. For a full list of events and other important Rock Hall Induction Week info like where to eat and stay while in town, visit www.clevelandrockweek.com.


– Corinne Allie

Cleveland’s Jukeboxes

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.

Tweet with us too. Follow @positivelycleve and @rock_hall and the hashtags #clevelandrocks and #rockweek2012 for up to the minute news on this year’s inductions. For a list of inductees, click here.

Steve’s Lunch
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.

Beachland Ballroom
15711 Waterloo Road, Cleveland, OH 44110
216.383.1124, www.beachlandballroom.com
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
216.621.8044, www.patsintheflats.com
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 

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.


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
James Gang
Macy Gray
Nine Inch Nails
Pere Ubu
The Pretenders 
Robert Lockwood, Jr.


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

House of Blues

Boyz II Men
House of Blues

The 5th Cleveland Blues Festival

The Black Keys
Quicken Loans Arena

The Saw Doctors
House of Blues

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Quicken Loans Arena

Hot Chelle Ray: Beautiful Freaks Tour 2012
House of Blues

Tri-C JazzFest
4.19.12 – 4.29.12

Quicken Loans Arena


Lady Antebellum
Blossom Music Center

The Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Quicken Loans Arena

Neil Diamond
Quicken Loans Arena

Vans Warped Tour

Brothers of the Sun Tour featuring Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw
Cleveland Browns Stadium

Madonna World Tour 2012
Quicken Loans Arena

– Submitted by April Ingle, Communications Assistant 

The Little-Known Treasures of Big Name Rockers

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.”

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

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.

Serious Rock Coup Alert: Cleveland’s got U2 booked through Jan. 2, 2010

Legacy of another U2 tour (Zoo TV tour) hang in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Photo: KFCrisafi

Legacies of another U2 tour (Zoo TV tour) hang in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Photo: KFCrisafi

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.

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City Bikes

Spandex not required (obviously).

Spandex not required (obviously).

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. 

That being said, I was super psyched to learn about City Bikes, a new simple program put together by the Downtown Cleveland Alliance where you can rent bicycles in downtown Cleveland.

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.

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Time to Rock and Roll (04.04.09)

Terry Stewart (RRHOF), Walter Williams (the O'Jays), Peggy Zone Fisher (wife of Lt. Governor Lee Fisher) and Bootsy Collins (Parliament-Funkadelic)

Terry Stewart (RRHOF), Walter Williams (the O'Jays), Peggy Zone Fisher (wife of Lt. Governor Lee Fisher) and Bootsy Collins (Parliament-Funkadelic)

It all kicked off a week ago in Cleveland. There was a press conference at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 27 and Ohio inductees Bootsy Collins (Parliament-Funkadelic) and Walter Williams (the O’Jays) got the party started. A press tour exposing the city’s rock cred lead into a series of music events.

There was the Moondog Coronation Ball with Little Richard and others. Concerts around town with Little Anthony and the Imperials and Wanda Jackson. A free concert with the O’Jays at Wolstein Center. Cleveland Food Rocks shows and specials by local restauranteurs and chefs who are sort of our culinary rock stars themselves. Celeb sightings around town of everyone from Bobby Womack to Beyonce.

There was increased traffic in the Visitors Center at Positively Cleveland. People stopping in for directions, restaurant suggestions and a chance to win free tickets to the Induction Ceremony. Nobody in Metallica’s entourage pulling up for a visitors guide, but we did get a chance to meet Sid McGinnis, longtime guitarist in the Paul Shaffer Band on David Letterman. He stopped in the Visitor Centers to grab a Walk Cleveland guide while in between rehearsals for the induction ceremony.  A Pittsburgh native who has lived in New York since 1974, McGinnis said he was looking forward to the Rock Hall festivities and enjoying his stay in Cleveland.
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What To Do When You Are Not In The Dark (CIFF)

09ciff_logoAfter 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.
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Ohio Film Commission Music Video Challenge (02.09)

So, the Rock Hall inductions are coming to Cleveland for the first time since 1997. This year’s inductees are Jeff Beck, Little Anthony & the Imperials, Metallica, Run-DMC, Bobby Womack, Wanda Jackson Bill Black, DJ Fontana and Spooner Oldham. While the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has been in CLE for years, the inductions are generally held in New York City.

The 2009 CLE induction has a host of festivities surrounding it. It’s a week-long celebration of music that includes, among other things, a kickoff party, free public concerts, the Moondog Coronation Ball,a free Rock Hall admission day, a Bruce Springsteen exhibit and contests.

The Ohio Film Commission is sponsoring a contest that launched February 18. It is a 3-week competition that invites filmmakers to team up with musical acts and educational groups to create a “pro-Ohio” video. Videos must include AT LEAST one of the following:

  • a location identified by a historical marker,
  • a sign that displays the word “Ohio” in a positive way,
  • apparel containing Ohio-based team logos,
  • or college and university logos

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