One of the many special things about Cleveland is that we are home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Cleveland is drenched in rock and roll history, which makes us more than worthy to host this museum in our great city. Legends like The Beatles, Elvis, The Rolling Stones and countless others have graced this city with legendary performances, many of which were performed in the iconic Public Hall.
Cleveland is also home to the Rock Hall Induction Ceremony every third year. Why New York City gets it at all is beyond me, but at least we get to host the event every few years. Along with hosting the Induction Ceremony comes a slew of events leading up to main act, the possibility of spotting a few famous faces around town and a pride for our city as we welcome local and famed guests. In addition to the stars being inducted, we might catch a glimpse of Paul McCartney, John Mayer, Yoko Ono, John Legend, Michael J. Fox or Stevie Wonder around town.
Leading up to the event, The Music Box Supper Club will be celebrating Rock Week: Decade by Decade through April 17. Other notable events include Green Day performing for the first time in over at year at the House of Blues on Thursday, April 16th and Foxygen, an indie rock duo from California performing with opener Alex Cameron at the Rock Hall tonight. On Friday at 6 p.m. flock to the red carpet at the Rock Hall for the “Induction Eve” party. While the party itself is not open to the public, you might catch a glimpse of one of your favorite performers.
The actual Induction Ceremony takes place this Saturday, April 18th with Ringo Starr, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Green Day, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Lou Reed, The “5” Royales, Bill Withers, and The Paul Butterfield Blues Band being inducted during the 20th anniversary year of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. As usual, the Induction Ceremony will take place at Public Hall, which has been the stage to several of the artists being inducted. The “5” Royales played at Public Hall in 1953 and The Beatles made their first Cleveland appearance in September 1964.
Cleveland used to be considered one of the big live music hubs in our country. While not all of the inductees performed at Public Hall, many have fond memories of Cleveland. Joan Jett played at the Agora before it burnt to the ground, saying that Cleveland was the greatest place to play – real people for real rock and roll. Lou Reed of The Velvet Underground played in Cleveland at La Cave when other venues in the country wouldn’t book them. The Velvets called Cleveland their home away from home, as they played two dozen times in Cleveland between 1967 and 1968.
So if you’re a Clevelander who hasn’t yet made it to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum (and I know there are quite a few of you), now might be a good time to immerse yourself in some rock and roll history. The special inductee exhibit is now on display at the museum, giving you a glimpse of these talented performers. Ringo Starr’s drum set from when he played with The Beatles, including their 1966 performance at Cleveland Municipal Stadium will also be on display throughout the year. And lastly, the Herb Ritts: The Rock Portraits exhibit is also up on the 5th and 6th floors and deserves a visit!