Tickets will become available to Rock Hall Members on Thursday, February 7 at 10 a.m. EST and will become available to the general public on Friday, February 8 at 10 a.m. EST.
This event is free with a reservation at http://tickets.rockhall.com or in-person at the Rock Hall Box Office.
Postal worker Jimmy Baynes supplemented his weekly paycheck through Baynes Foto Service at 2220 East 87th Street, primarily photographing local events in the African-American community. Though Baynes was not a trained photographer, the images he created from the 1950s into the 1980s, including weddings, beauty competitions, burlesque shows and musical performances, provide a candid glimpse into African-American life, music and culture. Throughout the years, Baynes’ photographs appeared in Cleveland magazines and newspapers, such as the Call and Post.
The bulk of the photographs in the Jimmy Baynes Collection feature prominent jazz, R&B, and rock and roll musicians of the 1950s and 1960s, including the likes of Louis Armstrong, Ruth Brown, Aretha Franklin, Mahalia Jackson, Louis Jordan, Memphis Slim and Lloyd Price. Also included in the collection are images of local performers, radio deejays, and venues. The exhibit will be on display at the Library and Archives through the end of April.
This program will be hosted by director of library and archives Andy Leach and feature a panel with curatorial director Howard Kramer, head archivist Jennie Thomas, and special guest George Hendricks of Cleveland vocal group the Hesitations. Attendees are encouraged to share stories about Cleveland music history and the places and people depicted in the photographs. Explore the Jimmy Baynes Collection at the Rock Hall's Library and Archives here.
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