The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum

Gospel group the Mighty Clouds of Joy, Laura Izibor perform for day of free entertainment


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 January 18 in a celebration of community spirit and civic pride. This marks the ninth straight year that the Museum offers FREE admission to the public. The Rock Hall is proud to partner with NewsChannel 5 for this event.

The festival, emceed by Curtis Jackson, NewsChannel 5 Reporter/Anchor, will feature an array of musical talent from Noon to 4 p.m. Gospel group the Mighty Clouds of Joy will headline the event along with Dublin, Ireland’s Laura Izibor.

The Mighty Clouds of Joy can be considered the forefathers of modern Gospel, R&B, rock and pop.  Joe Ligon, founding member and lead vocalist of the group, teamed with a couple of singing classmates in his early teens to form the Mighty Clouds of Joy.  By 1960, they had a major Gospel record deal with a hit single and album climbing the charts. Now after 49 years, 39 albums, three Grammys and a trophy case full of awards; shows that have run a gamut from the church-house to the White House, and top-billings with a dazzling roster of superstars from nearly every genre of popular music, the Mighty Clouds of Joy are more than a gospel legend.  Today, they find themselves back in the recording studio and delivering new material in their catalogue of classic songs.

Dublin, Ireland’s Laura Izibor continues the lineage set out by artists like Lauryn Hill and Jill Scott; artists who combine a reverence for the traditions of early R&B with a modern sensibility. Having performed several sold-out shows in Ireland, and opening for acts including James Brown, Angie Stone, and The Roots, she’s earned the affectionate moniker “The Soul of Ireland” back home. Her debut album Let The Truth Be Told, includes the sassy, soulful album opener, “Shine,” the deeply personal “If Tonight Is My Last,” and the inspirational “Mmm.” Her tracks have been featured on Grey’s Anatomy, The Hills and The Nanny Diaries.

Also performing at this year’s MLK Day Festival will be Maxwell Shell, Retrospect, Ray Cash and the Adult Ensemble of the Antioch Baptist Church.

In addition to free admission, visitors will be able to enter for a chance to win a Museum membership, as one membership will be given away each hour the Museum is open on this day. 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

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 through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well 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, $17 for seniors (65+) and $13 for youth (9-12). When you become a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the world of rock and roll becomes yours to explore. Call 216.515.1939 for information on becoming a member. For general inquiries, please call 216.781.ROCK (7625) or visit The Museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.