The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is celebrating the 27th induction ceremony with loads of special events in Cleveland.
While the induction ceremony arrives on April 14, the partying actually begins on March 31.
Here's a breakdown of all the events:
Saturday, March 31: Majic 105.7 Moondog Coronation Ball 60th Anniversary at Quicken Loans Arena.
Cleveland's annual celebration of the first rock and roll concert featuring special guest Lance Freed (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Alan Freed's son) and performances by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Sam Moore, Creedence Clearwater Revisited (including Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees), KC and the Sunshine Band and Mickey Dolenz of the Monkees. Tickets are $67.50, $52.50 and $37.50 and on sale now at the Q Box Office, charge by phone at (888) 894-9424, online at theQarena.com and at all northern Ohio Discount Drug Marts.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Show starts at 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 7: The Rock Hall and Grog Shop presents Girl Talk at Public Hall.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum partners with the Grog Shop to present Girl Talk live at Public Hall. Tickets are $12 and go on sale to Rock Hall members on Wednesday, February 22 and to the general public on Thursday, Feb. 23 at www.ticketweb.com.
With his live shows described as "the craziest house party ever," Gregg Gillis (who attended Case Western Reserve University) - best known by his stage name Girl Talk - continues to bring audiences across the world to their feet (and sometimes to the stage) with his dance track mashups and high energy performances. From performing at the Vancouver Olympics to playing music festivals such as Coachella, Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, V-Fest, Sasquatch, Rothbury, Monolith, Planeta Terra and headlining gigs in Australia, Japan, South America, Europe and Mexico, Girl Talk has still found time to record and release his fifth album, All Day.
Doors open at 7 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m.
Tuesday, April 10: Rock My Soul: A Gospel Music Celebration Honoring Kirk Franklin at the State Theatre.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will honor Kirk Franklin in a tribute to rock's gospel roots. Franklin will perform and various artists including Fred Hammond, Donnie McClurkin and church ensembles from across Cleveland will honor him through music. Special guest Daymond John will emcee. This event is free but a general admission ticket is necessary. Tickets will be available for Rock Hall members on Monday, March 5 and to the general public on Tuesday, March 6 at www.playhousesquare.org of via phone at (216) 241-6000.
Kirk Franklin's 1993 debut album, Kirk Franklin and the Family, was the first gospel album in history to sell more than one million records. To date, the contemporary gospel artist has won seven GRAMMY Awards, an American Music Award, 35 Stellar Awards, 12 Dove Awards (CCM), five NAACP Awards, two BET Music Awards, a Soul Train Award and more. Franklin is also the host and co-executive producer of the BET original series, Sunday Best, the network's first gospel talent competition.
Doors open at 6 p.m. Show starts at 7 p.m.
Thursday, April 12: The Grateful Dead: The Long, Strange Trip exhibit opens to the public at 10 a.m. at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum on floors 5 and 6.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will unveil its newest special exhibit, The Grateful Dead: The Long, Strange Trip. The exhibit will explore the band from the perspectives of recording artists and a touring group, the fans that devotedly followed them and fellow travelers. It will include finished and working manuscripts for classic songs, handwritten notes from legendary tapers Dick Latvala and Owsley "Bear" Stanley, Bill Graham's "Father Time" robe and the Grateful Dead Hotline answering machine. The exhibit will be open through December 2012.
Thursday, April 12: Free Concert for Cleveland at Quicken Loans Arena.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame presents a free Induction Week Concert for Cleveland with a once-in-a-lifetime lineup showcasing music's unique ability to bridge generation and cultural gaps. Come together to celebrate the return of the Induction Ceremony to Cleveland with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic as well as Cleveland's own Kid Cudi. Additional artists to be named soon.
This event is free but a ticket is necessary for admission. These general admission tickets will be available to Rock Hall members beginning Wednesday, March 7 and to the general public on Friday, March 9. Tickets will be available at the Rock Hall Box Office, the Quicken Loans Arena Box Office, Northern Ohio area Discount Drug Mart locations and online at rockhall.com. Tickets are also available by calling (888) 894-9424. Please note that there will be a $2 per ticket service charge for online and telephone tickets.
Doors open at 6 p.m. Show starts at 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 14: Free Admission Day at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum from 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
The public will be admitted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum for free all day.
Saturday, April 14: The 27th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Simulcast Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum - Doors open at 7 p.m., Show starts at 8 p.m.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will host a live broadcast of the 27th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Museum. Other than at Public Hall, the simulcast will be the only place to watch the Induction Ceremony live on the night of the event. Tickets to the Induction Simulcast are $20 and go on sale to Rock Hall members on Monday, February 27 and to the general public on Tuesday, February 28 at https://tickets.rockhall.com and at the Rock Hall Box Office.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will simulcast the 3+ hour ceremony, including the performances and presentations. The broadcast will be on a giant 12-foot screen on the Museum's Main Stage and several large screens throughout the Museum's theaters. All exhibits will be open to tour during the event, including the Museum's newest exhibits, the Grateful Dead: The Long, Strange Trip and the 2012 Hall of Fame Inductees exhibit.
Saturday, April 14: The 27th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Public Hall.
The 27th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony returns to Cleveland's Public Hall. Tickets to the Induction Ceremony were made available to the public and have now sold out. For information on the 2012 inductees, visit rockhall.com/inductees.
Doors open at 7 p.m. Show starts promptly at 8 p.m.
The museum will host a number of educational activities throughout the week to shine a spotlight on its unique and award-winning programming. Please note: these events are invitation only (with the exception of Teachers Rock):
Monday, April 9: Library and Archives Dedication Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives Cuyahoga Community College - Center for Creative Arts.
- Panel discussion in the Black Box Theater at 5 p.m. with leading journalists, archivists and educators
- Dedication at 6:30 p.m. Reception and tours to follow
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Cuyahoga Community College will dedicate its Library and Archives, the world's most comprehensive repository of written and audiovisual materials relating to the history of rock and roll. The Library and Archives collects, preserves, and provides access to these resources in order to educate people about rock and roll, its roots, and its impact on society. Having opened its doors in early 2012 in downtown Cleveland, the institute serves the needs of scholars, educators, students, the media, and the general public. This event is not open to the public. Media is welcome to attend. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (216) 515-1215 to reserve a spot.
Tuesday, April 10: Toddler Rock at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum (9 - 10 a.m.)
Toddler Rock is a nationally acclaimed music-based outreach/education program for underserved preschoolers, their parents, caregivers and teachers provided by the Rock Hall and sponsored by PNC. The program was designed and is implemented by board-certified music therapists and targets 3-5 year olds. Its purpose is to promote positive interaction of children with their parents and teachers, and to increase the children's academic, social, communication and music skills through the structured use of music. This event is not open to the public. Media is welcome to attend. Please email email@example.com or call (216) 515-1215 to reserve a spot.
Monday, April 9 and Wednesday, April 11: Rockin' the Schools at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Foster Theater (10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.)
The Rock Hall's Rockin' the Schools programs engages more than 20,000 Northeast Ohio students each year in actively exploring the history of rock and roll, while meeting and exceeding Ohio Academic Content Standards for learning in subject areas such as music, language arts, social studies, science, technology, social studies. This event is not open to the public. Media is welcome to attend. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (216) 515-1215 to reserve a spot.
Wednesday, April 11: Teachers Rock: Voice Your Choice Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Foster Theater at 4:30 p.m.
Teachers Rock is a free professional development workshop series for K-12 level educators interested in integrating popular music into their own classroom curriculum. This session will highlight Voice Your Choice, a national project presented by the Rock Hall that invites students to create their own Inductee class. Who would they choose to induct into their own Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and why? The goal is to teach students to develop the ability to make aesthetic judgments, to understand the aesthetic standards of others, and to learn to present a persuasive case about their choices. These goals are key to education content standards around the country - in the arts and across the curriculum. This event is free, but spaces are limited. Email email@example.com or call 216.515.8426 to RSVP.