The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum

Rock and Roll Night School: “Rock the city with their Congo dances,” a special presentation by Ned Sublette

Wednesday, October 27: 7 p.m.

The first known use of the verb rock to refer to African American music and dance referred to the jams at Congo Square in New Orleans in 1819 -- about a block from where Roy Brown recorded “Good Rockin’ Tonight” in 1947. Ned Sublette, author of The Year Before The Flood, The World that Made New Orleans, and Cuba and Its Music, will talk about the impact of music from Afro-New Orleans and Afro-Cuba on twentieth-century music in the United States. Includes a special shout out to the late New Orleans drummer Earl Palmer, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee and founding drummer of rock and roll. 

This event is free with a reservation. Email or call 216.515.8426 to RSVP.

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This is the second of three Rock and Roll Night School events presented in conjunction with the Rock Hall’s 15th Annual American Music Masters celebration.


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This event is part of:

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Honors Smokey Robinson as 20th Annual Music Masters™ Recipient


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Rock Hall to honor Smokey Robinson at 20th annual Music Masters tribute concert


The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s education department presents Rock and Roll Night School, a monthly series of educational, discussion-based evening classes offered free of charge from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  The award-winning education department leads the classes, which are geared towards adults interested in gaining more knowledge about rock and roll history. The program explores the history of rock and roll from its roots to its current incarnations.

Special attention is given to the music’s impact on society, its reception by fans, and its most innovative practitioners. Each class includes a presentation, music and video clips, and group discussions.

Unless otherwise noted, RSVPs are not needed to attend Rock and Roll Night School. 

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