Cleveland, OH (November 16) – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and Case Western Reserve University celebrated Janis Joplin, one of rock and roll’s most passionate and influential artists during the 14th annual American Music Masters® series, entitled Kozmic Blues: The Life and Music of Janis Joplin, last night to a near-capacity audience at the State Theater in PlayhouseSquare. The concert lineup consisted of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees and Santana co-founders Gregg Rolie and Michael Carrabello, Ray Benson, Guy Clark, Roky Erickson, Nick Gravenites, Nona Hendryx, Bettye Lavette, Country Joe McDonald, Bob Neuwirth, Poweel St. John, Susan Tedeschi, Lucinda Williams and Carolyn Wonderland.

Artists performed heartfelt and rousing tributes throughout the nearly three hour concert culminating with Lucinda Williams debuting a yet-to-be titled song written in honor of Janis.

The evening’s tribute, through photographs, video and song, wove a narrative of Joplin’s life and groundbreaking art that broke down barriers for women in rock and roll.  Highlights included Bettye LaVette’s soulful take on “Piece of My Heart,” which she recorded in 1969, Susan Tedeschi’s powerful interpretation of “Kozmic Blues”, Guy Clark’s poignant “She Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” and Nick Gravenites’ “Buried Alive in the Blues” a song Joplin was due to record the week that she died and Bob Neuwirth’s inviting the Joplin Family onstage to join him to sing “Mercedes Benz.”

Terry Stewart, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum presented Joplin’s brother and sister, Michael and Laura with an American Music Masters Award to close the show.

This year’s event has the support of media sponsor Western Reserve PBS.

SET LIST:

HOUSE BAND
Combination of the Two

RAY BENSON
Silver Threads and Golden Needles

GUY CLARK
Trouble in Mind
She Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere

ROKY ERICKSON
You’re Gonna Miss Me
Oh My Soul

COUNTRY JOE MCDONALD
Easy Rider
Janis

POWELL ST. JOHN
Bye Bye Baby

CAROLYN WONDERLAND
Down on Me

NICK GRAVENITES
Buried Alive in the Blues

GREGG ROLIE AND MICHAEL CARABELLO
No One to Depend On
Evil Ways

SUSAN TEDESCHI
Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)
Kozmic Blues
Tell Mama

NONA HENDRYX
Nightbird
Move Over

BETTYE LAVETTE
A Woman Left Lonely
Piece of My Heart

BOB NEUWIRTH
Good Intentions
Mercedes Benz

LUCINDA WILLIAMS
Me and Bobby McGee
Ball and Chain
Debuted Yet-to-be titled song

Please visit http://www.rockhall.com for additional information about the concert, the weeklong series of events and for more information about Janis Joplin.

About the American Music Masters® Series

The American Music Masters® series, a co-production of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities at Case Western Reserve University, celebrates the lives and careers of artists who changed the shape and sound of American culture. Drawing together experts, artists, fans and friends, the series provide new perspectives on the most beloved and influential musicians of the past century.

The tribute concert brings together a diverse mix of artists and musical styles, and as a result, many magical moments have taken place over the years. In 2004, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss performed onstage together for the first time to honor Lead Belly. This year the pair was awarded the highest honors of Album of the Year for Raising Sand and Record of the Year for “Please Read the Letter” at the 51st annual Grammy awards. Honoree Jerry Lee Lewis, who was not scheduled to perform at the 2007 concert, was moved to take the stage at the end of the show. Lewis tenderly played the piano and sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”. At the first American Music Masters tribute concert, Bruce Springsteen set the bar high and performed in honor of Woody Guthrie. The most star-studded and unique performance by a trio was Aretha Franklin, Solomon Burke and Elvis Costello paying tribute to Sam Cooke in 2005. Last year, a 93-year-old Les Paul took the stagewith his trio and then led an epic jam with some of rock and roll’s greatest guitarists, from Jennifer Batten to Slash.

About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission both through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as wel as its educational programs.

The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays, the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Museum admission is $22 for adults, $18 for adult residents of Greater Cleveland, $17 for seniors (65+), $13 for youth (9-12), children under 8 and Museum Members are always free, for information or to join the membership program call 216. 515.8425. For general inquiries, please call 216.781.ROCK or visit http://www.rockhall.com.  The Museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

About Case Western Reserve University
Case Western Reserve University is among the nation’s leading research institutions. Founded in 1826 and shaped by the unique merger of the Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University, Case Western Reserve is distinguished by its strengths in education, research, service, and experiential learning. Located in Cleveland, Case Western Reserve offers nationally recognized programs in the Arts and Sciences, Dental Medicine, Engineering, Law, Management, Medicine, Nursing, and Social Work. http://www.case.edu.

The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities was established in 1996 with a generous gift of endowment from Eric and Jane Nord. Dedicated to celebrating achievements in the arts and humanities, the Center facilitates cross-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary collaborations that address questions and problems of broad human interest.

About Cuyahoga County Public Library
Cuyahoga County Public Library is ranked the Number Two library system in the nation among libraries that serve populations of 500,000 or more. It is the seventh busiest library in the nation with 28 branches that serve 47 communities. The Library’s mission is to provide our community open access to resources that inform, entertain, and enrich.

For more information, visit http://www.cuyahogalibrary.org.

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