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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Rock Hall Releases the Schedule of Events for Its Martin Luther King Day Celebration

Posted By on Tue, Dec 18, 2018 at 3:31 PM

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On Jan. 21, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will once again offer a free admission day in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Throughout the day, there will be live performances, an art demonstration, education programs and family activities that “highlight how people have used music to find their voice and create a sense of community.”

Jason Walker will serve as the MC and DJ for the event, and the Rock Hall will also take donations of hats, scarves, gloves and other cold weather clothes to benefit Clevelanders in need.

Here’s the schedule with the descriptions that the Rock Hall sent out this morning:



10:15 a.m. Standing in the Shadows of Motown, Foster Theater

An evocative profile of Motown's studio musicians known as the Funk Brothers, the house band that backed the Temptations,the Supremes, the Miracles, the Four Tops, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Mary Wells, among others.

10:30 a.m. Performance by Rainey Institute Dance Team, Klipsch Audio Main Stage

Rainey Institute develops positive growth for Greater Cleveland’s youth, ages 3 and up, through education and engagement in visual and performing arts.

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Family Activities, Voinovich Atrium

Enjoy crafts and activities such as creating your own protest signs and adding to the Rock Hall’s dream wall.

11:30 a.m. Performance by Distinguished Gentlemen of the Spoken Word, Klipsch Audio Main Stage

A powerful performance arts and spoken word group comprised of adolescent males from Cleveland communities

12:30 p.m. Album Spotlight: Janet Jackson's Control, Foster Theater

Listen to 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Janet Jackson's classic 1986 album Control like never before! Rock Hall experts introduce the album and audience members are encouraged to share their Janet Jackson memories.

1 p.m. Performance by Jul Big Green, Klipsch Audio Main Stage

A soul rock fusion band from Cleveland.

1:30 p.m. Cleveland is the City: A Family Educational Session, Foster Theater

Explore the history of soul and rhythm and blues music in Cleveland, one of the cities that gave birth to rock and roll music. The class explores artists from Screamin’ Jay Hawkins to LeVert and venues such as Leo’s Casino that helped to create the city’s culture.

2:30 p.m. Rock & Roll and the Civil Rights Movement

Learn how a range of artists, from Mahalia Jackson and Sam Cooke to Berry Gordy at Motown and rock & roll pioneer Fats Domino created a popular music that empowered African Americans to take their rightful place in American society.

3 p.m. Performance by Mourning [A] BLKStar, Klipsch Audio Main Stage

A local self-described DIY Afrofuturist soul group that’s received national attention and acclaim for their music, which communicates their vision and love for the community while collectively creating greater opportunities to create and share.

3:30 p.m. Standing in the Shadows of Motown, Foster Theater

An evocative profile of Motown's studio musicians known as the Funk Brothers, the house band that backed The Temptations, The Supremes, The Miracles, the Four Tops, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and Mary Wells, among others.

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