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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum free admission for MLK day

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is proud to announce that it will be hosting its 13th annual FREE admission day in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 20, 2014. The Hall of Fame and Museum will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. that day.

• Along with the hundreds of exhibits, the day will be filled with live performances, educational programs and family activities dedicated to the idea of how all people can use music to find their voice and form communities. Visitors are encouraged to tour the Rock Hall’s many exhibits that showcase the history of Rock and Roll and the social change that it has had on the world. The day of events is sponsored by KeyBank.

Main Stage Acts Will Include:

• The Antioch Spiritual Arts Choir, an acclaimed co-ed choir from Antioch Baptist Church who focus on spirituals, folk and gospel music.
• The Distinguished Gentlemen of Spoken Word, a powerful performance arts and spoken word group comprised of adolescent males (age 12-19) from various inner city Cleveland communities.
• Inspire *1* One, a band comprised of students from Cleveland School of the Arts.
• Macey Sampson, an award-winning thirteen year old singer from Akron, Ohio who has performed the national anthem for the Canton Charge and the championship of the MAC basketball tournament.
• Radio Disney Cleveland will be on-site with interactive entertainment, prizes and the hottest music from today's biggest young artists for the whole family. Radio Disney is the #1 radio network devoted to kids, tweens and families on a 24-hour basis, and is widely recognized as the first platform for many of today's most popular young artists.

Programs Being Held In The Foster Theater

There will be two free classes taught by the museums award winning educational staff in the Foster Theater. Seating is limited and attendance will be on a first come, first seated basis.

• “Rock and Roll and the Civil Rights Movement”
This discussion will explore how artists, from Mahalia Jackson and Sam Cooke to Berry Gordy at Motown and rock and roll pioneer Fats Domino created a popular music that empowered African Americans to take their rightful place in American society. Young people of all races flocked to their performances and embraced their music which was truly the music of the people. This early integration of audience members helped to break down the walls and barriers that the Civil Rights movement was fighting against.

• “Cleveland is the City,”
Cleveland is after all the home of Rock and Roll as well as soul, rhythm and blues. This discussion explores the history of that music in Cleveland, one of the cities that gave birth to rock and roll music. The class explores the artists and venues that helped to create the city’s culture. The class is designed to connect young people to the music of their home communities as a way to showcase how music helps create and sustain communities.

Programs being held in the Forest City/RMS Theater

Located on the Lower Level in the Main Exhibit Hall

The Library and Archives will showcase video footage and other materials from its collections in Theater 2 (the Legends of Rock Theater), showcasing artists who have used music as a platform for social change. A variety of past Museum events (including performances, interviews, education programs, and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies) will be featured.

Complete schedule of events

Please note times are subject to change

10:30 a.m.
Cleveland Is the City
A Family Educational Session
Foster Theater

11:30 a.m.
Radio Disney
“D-Tour” Show
Main Stage

11:30 a.m.
Dr. Martin Luther King’s
“I Have A Dream” Speech (20 min)
Foster Theater

12:15 p.m.
Rock and Roll and Civil Rights
Foster Theater

12:45 p.m.
Macey Sampson
Main Stage

1:45 p.m.
Main Stage

2:00 p.m.
Cleveland Is the City
A Family Educational Session
Foster Theater

2:45 p.m.
The Distinguished Gentlemen of the Spoken Word
Main Stage

3:00 p.m.
The Night James Brown Saved Boston (1 hr 15 mins)
Foster Theater

3:45 p.m.
Antioch Spiritual Arts Choir
Main Stage

For updated information, please 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 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.


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