Rock Hall's New Woodstock Exhibit To Open May 1

click to enlarge Rock Hall's New Woodstock Exhibit To Open May 1
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The Rock Hall has just announced that its new Woodstock 50 exhibit will open on Wednesday, May 1, and remain on view through fall of 2019.

The night of May 1, the Rock Hall will host a special Woodstock-themed Rock Hall Nights with Inductees and Woodstock performers Freddie Stone of Sly & the Family Stone and Michael Carabello of Santana.

The exhibit features rare prints, performance outfits, video footage, tickets and original signage. Highlights include the following: a photo exhibit with rare prints and contact sheets from renowned photographer Jim Marshall (the Rock Hall is the only museum in the country celebrating Woodstock with Marshall’s collection); a Jimi Hendrix guitar strap used at Woodstock during his rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” along with his handwritten lyrics to “Voodoo Chile (Slight Return),” the last song he would ever perform live; a hand-drawn map of festival grounds with aerial views highlighting prominent locations and a telegram from festival organizer Michael Lang envisioning the event with plans to secure the filming and clearance for showing footage after the festival; rare video footage from the Rock Hall collection captured during Woodstock ’69; an outfit worn by the Lovin’ Spoonful’s John Sebastian; and shoes worn by Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong at Woodstock ’94.

At the Rock Hall nights event, which begins at 6 p.m., fans can meet Rock Hall Inductees and Woodstock performers Freddie Stone of Sly & the Family Stone and Michael Carabello of Santana, play Woodstock trivia, explore artifacts from the Rock Hall’s Library and Archives, make flower headbands and take pictures in a festival photo booth.

This is the last Rock Hall Nights of the season. The monthly program will return in the fall with new themes.

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Jeff Niesel

Jeff has been covering the Cleveland music scene for more than 20 years now. And on a regular basis, he tries to talk to whatever big acts are coming through town, too. If you're in a band that he needs to hear, email him at [email protected].
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