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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces summer programs for ‘Common Ground’

Along with the newest exhibit, “Common Ground: The Music Festival Experience” at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum there will be a host of free public programs.
Along with the newest exhibit, “Common Ground: The Music Festival Experience” at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum there will be a host of free public programs.Mark Horning & Co. Photography

Along with the newest exhibit, “Common Ground: The Music Festival Experience” at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum there will be a host of free public programs that explore the effect that the music festivals have had on music and the world. The various programs will include a Hall of Fame Series, films and special lectures.

Hall of Fame Series
The Family Stone
Featuring Jerry Martini, Cynthia Robinson and Greg Errico
Friday, June 20, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Rock Hall’s Foster Theater
FREE with reservation

Original members of Sly and the Family Stone Cynthia Robinson (trumpet), Greg Errico (drums) and Jerry Martini (sax) are to be interviewed by Lauren Onkey, vice president of education and public programs.

In the 1967 history was made as Sly and the Family Stone burst onto the music scene with the first integrated and multi gender band. By combining rock, soul, R&B, funk and psychedelia the group brought a danceable, relevant and high energy music that caught on like wild fire. It was through their repeated themes of tolerance and celebration of different ethnicities that the group’s concerts became one of the first truly integrated gatherings.

The high water mark for the group came at the Woodstock Festival in August of 1969 when Sly Stone (during an epic nighttime set) began an enthusiastic call-and-response with the 400,000 in attendance during their electrified version of “I Want to Take You Higher.”

Sly and the Family Stone’s chart topping hits included such classics as “Dance to the Music” (#8 pop, #9 R&B), “Everyday People” (#1, pop and R&B), “Hot Fun in the Summertime” (#2 pop, #3 R&B), “Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin” (#1, pop and R&B) and “Family Affair” (#1, pop and R&B). The group continues to share the musical experience that they formulated over 45 years ago with over half a million people in attendance in the United States and Europe.

This event is FREE with a ticket reservation online at or in-person at the Rock Hall Box Office. Tickets can be reserved now. This event will also be streamed live on

Film Screening
Jimi Hendrix
Hear My Train A Comin’ (2013)
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
7:30 p.m.
Rock Hall’s Foster Theater
FREE with a reservation

“Hear My Train A Comin” features previously unseen performance footage and home movies that were taken by Hendrix and drummer Mitch Mitchell as well as rarely seen photos, drawings, letters and more that proved an intimate look inside Jimi’s personality and genius.

The film chronicles the rise of “The Experience”, the creation of his groundbreaking music, the construction of Electric Lady Studios (his state of the art recording facility in Greenwich Village along with footage from his last public performance in Germany in September 1970 just prior to his death at age 27.

This screening is in celebration of Hendrix’s 70th birthday year with interviews with Jimi, his family members, friends and musicians that include Paul McCartney, Noel Redding, Mitch Mitchell, Billy Cox, Eddie Kramer, Steve Winwood, Vernon Reid, Billy Gibbons, Dweezil Zappa and Dave Mason.

This event is FREE with a ticket reservation online at or in-person at the Rock Hall Box Office. Tickets can be reserved now.

Hot Fun in the Summertime
An Interactive Presentation on Music Festivals
1:00 p.m.- 1:45 p.m.
June 27 through august 29, 2014
FREE with Museum admission

As part of the exhibit Common Ground: The Music Festival Experience, this multimedia presentation by Rock Hall educators highlights key performances in the history of music festivals and explore their significance in the history of rock and roll music. Performances will include Bob Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival (1965), Janis Joplin with Big Brother and the Holding Company at the Monterey Pop Festival (1967), Isaac Hayes at WATTSTAX (1972), Radiohead at Glastonbury (1997) and more! Come learn the stories behind these powerful moments of common ground—and share your own festival experiences!

These programs will be available to any Museum visitor with paid attendance. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. As a bonus, “Hot Fun in the Summertime” will also feature two festival-related film screenings in the Museum’s Foster Theater. Visit for updates and detailed schedules.

About Common Ground: The Music Festival Experience

Whether it‘s forging human bonds, building a sense of community, providing broad exposure for musical artists – both old and new – or as one of the most important economic engines of the music industry, the story of the music festival is inextricably linked with music’s powerful cultural impact around the globe.

Spanning two floors of the Museum, the exhibit will surround visitors with the sights and sounds of a rock festival to evoke the experience in a visceral way, utilizing video of the iconic festivals of the past (Newport, Monterey, Woodstock, Wattstax and more) and the vibrant, constantly evolving events of the present (Coachella, Bonnaroo, Glastonbury and more), with an emphasis on establishing a “you are there” environment. Several floor to ceiling photographs of festival fans will invite visitors to examine and interpret the fan experience and become a part of the crowd. Ambient sounds will fill the space: weather, bands tuning up, people talking, radio ads and news reports. Visitors will connect with the intangible elements inherent in the festival experience – identifying with a community, participating in a social event and being part of the creative process.

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 6% 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