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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Tri-C to celebrate hip-hop music

Gimel Keaton, aka Young Guru
Gimel Keaton, aka Young Guru

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in cooperation with Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) will be hosting a three day series of events in celebration of hip-hop music.

Among the events schedule will be an interview with Young Guru (engineer to jay-Z), several student workshops at Tri-C’s Recording Arts and Tchnology (RAT) Program, a panel conversation as well as a live performance.

The full schedule of events is as follows:

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Songwriters to Soundmen
With Young Guru (engineer to Jay-Z)
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
Foster Theater

Young Guru has mixed 10 of Jay-Z’s 11 albums and has made significant contributions to the current hip-hop scene. He will be interviewed by Jason Hanley, the Rock Hall’s director of education. This interview is FREE with a reservation. Seating is limited. Reservations can be made through the Rock Hall website at or at the Rock Hall Box Office.

Thursday, March 20, 2014
7:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion
With Young Guru, Aaron Kleinstub
And Jonathan Mannion

Moderated by Jason Hanley, director of education, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Black Box Theatre of the Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts, Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) (2809 Woodland Avenue, Cleveland).

The Rock Hall’s Library and Archives and Tri-C’s RAT studio will extend their hours, and all attendees are welcome to visit and explore before the event. Both areas will close at 7:15pm.

This panel discussion is FREE and open to the public with a reservation on Eventbrite at Seating is limited.

Friday, March 21, 2014
8:00 p.m.
The Mix
A blend of dance and sound
With Special appearance by The Legendary Young Guru
Mainstage Theatre of the Metropolitan Campus
Cuyahoga Community College Garage 5
Off of Woodland Ave.

Join legendary DJ Young Guru, local hip-hop dancer Tony Fresh, and a talented cast of Tri-C dancers for an eclectic mix of gravity-defying dance from modern to hip-hop, all set to contemporary music from numerous sources for an invigorating evening of entertainment.

All tickets are $10 and available at or by calling 216-987-4444. Limited seating.

About Young Guru
Throughout his illustrious, decorated career, Gimel "Young Guru" Keaton has resoundingly earned his reputation as one of the most renowned recording and mixing engineers in music today. Wisened after years of successful endeavors (multi-platinum albums, and multiple Grammy nods) Young Guru is now also elevating the discourse of audio engineering philosophy, science and technology, emerging onto the lecture circuit as one of the subject's most distinguished and dignified speakers, and further proving why he is one of audio's most important minds and essential voices. Traveling the country, Guru's intellect and eloquence have been tapped by a broad variety of impressive venues, garnering him recognition from such media outlets as CNN, Fox News, Billboard and Village Voice.

Young Guru possesses over a decade of experience in sound engineering, production, and has also served as an A&R for Roc-A-Fella Records and Def Jam Recordings. Heralded most for sonically shaping some of hip-hop's brightest talents, Young Guru has established himself as consistently in-demand: mixing 10 of Jay-Z's 11 albums, and DJing on the Watch the Throne tour, as well as Jay-Z's legendary Carnegie Hall and Barclays Center shows. On several recordings, Jay-Z himself offers verbal acknowledgements of Guru's importance, an immensely respectful testament to Guru's exceptional skills behind the boards.

Student Wortkshops

On Thursday March 20 and Friday March 21, 2014 Aaron Kleinstub and Young Guru will participate in several workshop with students from Tri-C’s Recording Arts and Technology program, in collaboration with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. For more information about the Tri-C “RAT” program, visit For more information about Rock Hall educational programs, visit

About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational activities.

The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays (and Saturdays through Labor Day), the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Museum admission is $22 for adults, $18 for adult residents of Greater Cleveland, $17 for seniors (65+), $13 for youth (9-12), children under 8 are free. A six percent admission tax that goes to support Cleveland Metropolitan Schools is added to each ticket at purchase. Museum Members are always free, for information or to join the membership program call 216. 515.8425.

For general inquiries, please call 216.781.ROCK (7625) or visit The Ohio Arts Council supports the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The Museum is also generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

About Cuyahoga Community College
Ohio’s largest community college, Tri-C provides high-quality, affordable educational programs and services to our multicultural community, serving more than 60,000 students annually through degree and certificate

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