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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to honor The Everly Brothers

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Duo will be honored with tributes at the 19th Annual Music Masters® series this October

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in collaboration with the Case Western Reserve University will pay homage to two of rock and roll’s founding pioneers, The Everly Brothers. The pair will be honored during the 19th Annual Music Masters® series that will take place this October. Don and Phil Everly were among the first class of inductees in 1986

Serving as musical director of the tribute concert will be two time Grammy Award winner Rodney Crowell. The tribute concert will take place on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at PlayhouseSquare’s spacious State Theatre. Tribute concert artist’s names will be forthcoming during the following months.

“I’m honored and proud as I know Phil would be for the recognition being given to the Everly Brothers,” said Don Everly. “I’d like to thank the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and fans for keeping the Everly Brothers alive and accept with great appreciation this special celebration. I wish Phil were here to share this honor with me. It has cost many tears and taken many miles and several decades to arrive at this point.”

Phil Everly passed away in January of this year, shortly before his 75th birthday. His family shared their thoughts on the honor. “Phil would have been tremendously honored and humbled by the recognition you have bestowed upon him. He would say it was hard to believe, when he and Don started, that there would even be a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, let alone that they would among the original inductees. The Everly Brothers sang about heartbreak and love in equal measure - both to the world and to each other. If he were here today he would thank the amazing Everly Brothers fans for believing in them and supporting them all these years. He would thank the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for bestowing this tremendous honor and he would above all thank his big brother Don for taking this journey with him. It wasn’t always easy, but together, they gave the world something extraordinary and changed music forever.”

Musical director Rodney Crowell spoke on the duo’s legacy and impact, saying, “The Everly Brothers were the first Appalachian born recording artists to bring close harmony to the rock and roll mainstream, which greatly influenced the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, the Hollies, the Byrds, Crosby, Stills & Nash and so many more. And their rhythm guitar style is still being copied today. The Everly Brothers gave modern teen angst its first beautiful voice.”

The week of celebration starts on Monday, October 20m 2014 and will include interviews, panels, films and educational programs through the entire week leading up to the tribute concert. There will also be a keynote lecture at Case Western Reserve University. Also on the schedule is a conference to be held on October 25 at the Rock Hall that will explores the impact that the Everly Brother’s music had on popular music and rock and roll in particular.

The tribute concert will be held Saturday, October 25, at 7:30 p.m. at PlayhouseSquare’s State Theatre in Cleveland. Ticket information will be announced in the coming weeks. A limited number of VIP packages beginning at $300 are available by contacting the Rock Hall’s development office at (216) 515-1201 or development@rockhall.org.

About the Annual Music Masters Series

The Annual Music Masters series, a co-production of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities at Case Western Reserve University, celebrates the lives and careers of artists who changed the shape and sound of rock and roll music. Beginning in 2013, the series was renamed the Annual Music Masters series to better reflect the evolving and expanding rock and roll story. Each year, the Music Masters series explores the legacy of a pioneering rock and roll figure in a range of events that includes Museum exhibits, lectures, films, a major conference and a tribute concert benefiting the Rock Hall’s education programs. Drawing together experts, artists, fans and friends, these events provide new perspectives on the most beloved and influential musicians of the past century.

The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment of all Ohioans.

About Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University is among the nation’s leading research institutions. Founded in 1826 and shaped by the unique merger of the Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University, Case Western Reserve is distinguished by its strengths in education, research, service, and experiential learning. Located in Cleveland, Case Western Reserve offers nationally recognized programs in the Arts and Sciences, Dental Medicine, Engineering, Law, Management, Medicine, Nursing, and Social Work. The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities was established in 1996 with a generous gift of endowment from Eric and Jane Nord to celebrate the achievements of the arts and humanities. The Center facilitates cross-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary collaborations that address questions and problems of broad human interest. www.case.edu

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 www.rockhall.com. 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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