Third Monday in January annually
Free Museum admission day
To celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will once again open its doors to the public free of charge on Monday, January 16 in a celebration of community spirit and civic pride. This marks the 11th straight year that the Museum offers FREE admission to the public. The Rock Hall’s Community Festivals are sponsored by KeyBank.
The festival will feature an array of musical talent throughout the day on the Museum’s Main Stage, beginning with performances at 11 a.m. by the Antioch Spiritual Arts Choir, followed by Cleveland poets Nina Borsay and the Distinguished Gentlemen of Spoken Word, vocalists Londyn and Indianapolis’ Whitney Coleman, and headlined by Grammy Award-nominated singer and songwriter, Ledisi. The event will be emceed by Jason Walker of Terry Macklin Entertainment.
Show Order (subject to change:)
Antioch Spiritual Arts Choir
Distinguished Gentlemen of the Spoken Word
J Hope feat. the Universal Funk Mob
Verve Forecast recording artist, Ledisi, received 3 Grammy® nominations for her critically acclaimed album, Pieces of Me. In the company of Marsha Ambrosius, Chris Brown and Cee-Lo Green, who also received multiple nominations, Ledisi is nominated in the following categories: BEST R&B ALBUM, BEST R&B SONG and BEST R&B PERFORMANCE, which is a career total of 7 nominations for the Oakland native. Speaking on her multiple nominations, “I thought this year could not get any better than Pieces of Me charting so well. Then, I went on my first headlining tour, performing for all my fans across the country, and now to be nominated is truly another dream come true. I am deeply moved by my peers for giving me this honor. I am also extremely grateful to everyone who supports me. Wow....Thank You so much. God is Amazing!"
No stranger to the Grammys®, Ledisi was nominated for Best New Artist and Best R&B Album after her 2007 breakthrough album Lost & Found. In 2010, she garnered two more nods, Best R&B Album and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, for her album Turn Me Loose. The album reached #1 on the Billboard R&B charts and #14 on the Billboard charts and was her highest charting album at the time. Ledisi just wrapped up her first headlining tour entitled “Pieces of Me,” which sold out many dates across the country including, NYC, LA, DC, Chicago and Dallas. She reached the top 5 on the Urban AC Radio charts for her latest single “Stay Together”, the second single off Pieces of Me to do so.
Ledisi recently performed alongside Stevie Wonder at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Dedication in Washington D.C. in front of thousands of spectators and President Obama.
Pieces of Me has not only become a fan favorite, but has also earned critical praise across the nation, from The New York Times to The Los Angeles Times. USA Today remarked “Ledisi fits ‘Pieces’ together perfectly,” and People magazine commented “After surprisingly scoring a Grammy Best New Artist nomination…she continues to prove that was no fluke, displaying shades of Chaka Khan on funky cuts such as ‘Coffee’ and ‘Shut Up.’”
The Rock Hall will be open from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Visitors to the Museum will have the opportunity to tour the facility free of charge until closing. For a list of current exhibits and for more information about this and other Rock Hall events, visit rockhall.com.
All festivals are FREE and open to the public. Paid admission is necessary to tour the Museum unless otherwise noted.
Third Monday in January
JANUARY 21, 2013
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., FESTIVAL
Free admission day
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum celebrates this National Holiday with free admission to the general public. A celebration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is the focus of this glorious day of song and dance by outstanding national and local artists.
Third Saturday in May
MAY 18, 2013
ROCK YOUR WORLD
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum partners with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Arts Education Department in the presentation of its All City Arts Festival. This event is designed to feature the best work in all the arts disciplines of the students of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, from grades K-12.
Last Sunday in June
JUNE 30, 2013
ROCK AND SOUL FESTIVAL
This festival celebrates the contributions of African-Americans to the growth and development of rock and roll music. Both national and local artists participate in this festival.
Last Sunday in August
AUGUST 25, 2013
LATINO HERITAGE FESTIVAL
This festival celebrates the rich Hispanic culture and musical traditions. Both national and local artists participate in this festival.
Second Sunday in October annually
OCTOBER 13, 2013
The greater Cleveland area is a rich mosaic of ethnic groups, each with their own traditions and musical legacies. This colorful festival with participants in their native costumes celebrates each culture through song and dance.