This event is part of Ladies First: Celebrating African-American Women Who Rock during Black History Month at the Rock Hall.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is proud to welcome singer/songwriter Meshell Ndegeocello for a live performance. Ndegeocello was born Michelle Johnson in Berlin, Germany and raised in Washington DC. By the early 90's, she had landed in New York armed with a demo recorded in her bedroom, joined the Black Rock Coalition, and was soon signed to Madonna's record label. Her albums – eight to date– have offered lyrical ruminations on race, love, sex, betrayal, God, and power, and she has simultaneously embraced and challenged her listeners . A vast array of influences have informed all of her albums, which feature traces of her native go-go, hip hop, rock, R&B, new wave and punk in each. A bass player above all else, Meshell brings her signature warm, fat, and melodic groove to every- thing she does and has appeared alongside the Rolling Stones, Madonna, Alanis Morrisette, James Blood Ulmer, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Tony Allen, John Medeski, Billy Preston, and Chaka Khan. Her latest album, Weather, was released in November of 2011. Produced by Joe Henry, it received rave reviews, and is one of her most diverse collections of songs yet.
Doors open at 7 p.m. and show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets for this event are $15 and available at http://tickets.rockhall.com or at the Rock Hall Box Office. Tickets will become available to Rock Hall Members on Thursday, February 2 at 10 a.m. EST and will become available to the general public on Friday, February 3 at 10 a.m. EST.
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