Beginning this weekend, visitors to the Rock Hall can check out a new main exhibit called Common Ground: The Music Festival Experience. The two-floor experience replaces the Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary exhibit that ran for nearly two years.
The latest exhibit surrounds visitors with sights and sounds of festivals dating back to 1938. It traces the birth of the modern festival all the way through today's Electronic Dance Music stadium shows.
Unique artifacts, instruments and even artist's clothing are on display such as John Mellencamp's corduroy jacket worn during 1985's Live Aid.
The heaviest dose of the exhibit comes on the top floor where giant video screens and speakers pump out the music from Woodstock, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Coachella and more.
"We wanted to put the visitor directly in the middle of the action with other people" said Dr. Lauren Onkey of the Rock Hall's Education Department. "We're trying not to make this a static experience, but an immersive one."
Giant scaffolding in the middle of the exhibit might serve as more of a hindurance for ultimate viewing pleasure, but you'll be able to check out the monitors from different angles.
The exhibit runs through January of 2015.
Meanwhile, the Rock Hall staff is busy editing highlights from the Top 10 music festival performances as voted by the fans (from a list of 20). Here are the results:
1. Jimi Hendrix Experience (Monterey International Pop Music Festival, 1967)
2. Big Brother and the Holding Company (Monterey International Pop Music Festival, 1967)
3. Queen (Live Aid, 1985)
4. Santana (Woodstock Music & Art Fair, 1969)
5. Bob Dylan (Newport Folk Festival, 1965)
6. Otis Redding (Monterey International Pop Music Festival, 1967)
7. Nine Inch Nails (Woodstock Music & Art Fair, 1994)
8. Sly and the Family Stone (Woodstrick Music & Art Fair, 1969)
9. U2 (Live Aid, 1985)
10. Muddy Waters (Newport Jazz Festival, 1960)