This event is part of Ladies First: Celebrating African-American Women Who Rock during Black History Month at the Rock Hall.
This event is currently at capacity. Seats are no longer available.
The Rock Hall is pleased to welcome DJ Spinderella for a live interview and DJ demo performance on its Foster Theater stage. Dee Dee Roper, internationally known as DJ Spinderella, is a Grammy award winning DJ, producer, rapper and writer. She is one of the original pioneers of hip hop music beginning her career as a member of the iconic rap group Salt-N-Pepa, selling over 15 million albums and singles worldwide. Now, more than two decades after her groundbreaking entrance into hip hop, the Brooklyn native still sets the standard for “turntablist” all over the world, winning MTV and BET Awards along the way. She has also enjoyed success with her radio show “The BackSpin. Movies, and More” symposium at Cal State Dominguez Hills, and has performed DJ sets at high profile events for the official Espy Awards, Academy Awards, Kentucky Derby, Glamour Magazine and more. Spinderella still performs with Salt-N- Pepa, and recently gave an electric performance on Oprah in April of 2011, which showcased “Women Who Rock.”
In February, the Museum focuses its attention on a specific African-American root or offshoot of rock and roll. Events include free performances by local and national groups, film screenings, lectures, and intimate evenings of conversation, all celebrating the traditions of blues, soul, rhythm & blues and gospel. Since 1996, performers have included Robert Lockwood, Jr., The Temptations, Charles Brown, Ruth Brown, Mavis Staples, Take 6, Al Green, the Ohio Players and the Manhattans.
Cleveland earned its place on the rock and roll map in the early Fifties when local deejay Alan Freed was the first to call the R&B music he was playing on his nightly radio show “rock and roll.” From the 1950s to the 1970s, Clevelanders produced powerful soul and rhythm and blues music in a rich network of clubs, recording studios and record labels. This February, as part of Black History Month, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will celebrate Cleveland’s rich musical legacy, highlighting great moments in the city’s rhythm and blues and soul music history. Fans are encouraged to share their knowledge, memories, and photos through the Rock Hall’s Facebook and Twitter page.
In addition to the public programs held in February (see schedule below), the month will also include:
· A special class in the Rock Hall’s K-12 program Rockin’ the Schools, offered through the month of February
· A new photo exhibit at the Library and Archives spotlighting the Jimmy Baynes photo collection
· An online subject guide highlighting Black History Month resources at the Library and Archives
· The installation of the Rock Hall’s newest artifact - Robert Lockwood Jr.’s guitar