The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and Case Western Reserve University announced Sept. 26 the details of its full week of events that will honor the Rolling Stones at the 18th Annual Music Masters series “It’s Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It): The Music of The Rolling Stones." The series begins Oct. 21 and ends with an all-star tribute concert on Oct. 26.
Highlights include the tribute concert on Oct. 26, which will feature musicians who have performed with the Rolling Stones over their 50-year career. Also, a new collection of previously unpublished photographs taken by Bob Bonis, the U.S. tour manager for the Stones between 1964 and 1966, will be available beginning Oct. 2 as part of the “Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction” exhibition.
Here are the weeklong series of events:
- Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. – Author Series with Bill Janovitz at Cuyahoga Community College’s Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts in the Black Box Theater (adjacent to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Library and Archives, 2809 Woodland Avenue, Cleveland). Janovitz is the author of “Rocks Off: 50 Tracks That Tell the Story of the Rolling Stones” (St. Martin’s Press; $25.99; Hardcover), the story of the Rolling Stones as told through fifty of their most representative songs and “Exile on Main Street” (from the critically acclaimed 33 1/3 series) about the iconic Stones album. This event is free with a reservation. Seating is limited. Reservations can be made through the Rock Hall website at https://tickets.rockhall.com or at the Rock Hall Box Office. Rock Hall Members can RSVP starting at 10 a.m. on Monday, September 30. General public can RSVP starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 1.
- Oct. 23 at 4:30 p.m. – Teachers Rock “Following the River”: Exploring the Roots of the Rolling Stones in the Rock Hall’s “Eat to the Beat” on the third floor -- a special teacher workshop inspired by the Rolling Stones and their musical roots. Teachers will learn how to connect their classroom curriculum to the artistry of the Stones by examining the history of the American roots music that inspired them. This workshop is appropriate for upper-elementary through high school teachers and is designed for educators around Northeast Ohio. This event is free with a reservation. Space is limited. Reservations can be made through the Rock Hall website at https://tickets.rockhall.com.
- Oct. 23 at 8 p.m. – “Songwriters to Soundmen” with Steve Jordan, Bobby Keys and Steve Madaio in the Rock Hall’s Foster Theater on the fourth floor. Jordan (the musical director for the October 26 tribute concert), Keys and Madaio will be interviewed in front of a live audience by Jason Hanley, the Rock Hall’s Director of Education, and will answer questions from the audience. They will discuss the musicians’ previous work with the Rolling Stones and the music from the Stones 50-year long catalog. This event is free with a reservation. Seating is limited. Reservations can be made through the Rock Hall website at https://tickets.rockhall.com or at the Rock Hall Box Office. Rock Hall Members can RSVP starting at 10 a.m. on Monday, September 30. General public can RSVP starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 1.
- Oct. 24 at 7:00 p.m. – Keynote Lecture by Alan Light at Case Western Reserve University’s Ford Auditorium, 11000 Euclid Ave. Alan Light's keynote will examine the latter-day Rolling Stones, and their longevity. Light is the former Editor-in-Chief of Spin and Vibe magazines, a frequent contributor to the New York Times and Rolling Stone, and the author of The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley and the Unlikely Ascent of “Hallelujah.” This event is free and reservations are not required. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Oct. 26 from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. – Annual Music Masters Conference in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Foster Theater. A reflection on the career of the Rolling Stones and their impact on rock and roll music. The conference will feature a screening of ABKCO film’s “Charlie Is My Darling: Ireland 1965” (2012, 64 minutes), an interview with singer Merry Clayton, the voice on “Gimme Shelter”; and additional presentations. Tickets are $25 ($10 lunch voucher included) and are available through the Rock Hall website at https://tickets.rockhall.com or at the Rock Hall Box Office. Rock Hall Members can purchase tickets starting at 10 a.m. on Monday, September 30. General public can purchase tickets starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 1. Admission to the Museum is free with the purchase of a conference ticket. Portions of this event will be streamed live on rockhall.com.
- Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. – Annual Music Masters Tribute Concert at PlayhouseSquare’s State Theatre: Grammy Award-winning drummer Steve Jordan will lead the house band as musical director. Jordan has assembled a group of musicians, including Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Ian McLagan, Bernard Fowler, Bobby Keys, Trevor Lawrence, Steve Madaio, Waddy Wachtel and Willie Weeks to perform. Joining the tribute concert lineup are Merry Clayton and Sarah Dash. Due to a scheduling conflict, Lisa Fischer and Ivan Neville are no longer performing. Tickets to the October 26th tribute concert range from $30 - $80 and are available at the PlayhouseSquare box office, by calling (216) 241-6000, or by visiting www.playhousesquare.org.
Also featured, a special program for students:
- Oct. 21 at 1:00 p.m. – On the Road “You Got Me Rocking”: The Musical Roots of the Rolling Stones: A special distance learning class for students to be streamed LIVE on the Rock Hall’s website at www.rockhall.com/education. Rock Hall Educators will demonstrate how the Rolling Stones drew from blues, rhythm and blues, and early rock and roll to create a sound and style that helped to define the British Invasion. This class is appropriate for middle and high school classrooms.
For more information, visit rockhall.com.