ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM CELEBRATES ITS 15TH ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND WITH ROCK HALL BALL

Senator George V. Voinovich to be honored;
Leo M. Mintz Gallery dedication;
Live performances by DJ Tommie Sunshine, Foxy Shazam and more to be announced


CLEVELAND (July 29, 2010) –
Channel your inner rock star, don your finest stage costume or rock attire and get ready to rock the Hall during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s 15th Anniversary Celebration Weekend. The weekend will kick off at the Museum on Thursday, September 2 with the Leo M. Mintz Gallery dedication in the Architects of Rock and Roll exhibit, and culminate with the party of the year, Rock Hall Ball, on Friday, September 3. Live bands and DJs will perform throughout the Friday night event, including DJ Tommie Sunshine and alternative rock band Foxy Shazam.  A special VIP pre-party will honor Ohio Senator George V. Voinovich for his efforts in bringing the Rock Hall to Cleveland and his continued support of the Museum. This evening is sponsored by KeyBank, Kia Motors and Ohio Natural Gas.

Tickets for the Rock Hall Ball go on sale Friday, July 30, 2010 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at (800) 745-3000, online at http://www.rockhall.com/event/rock-hall-ball and at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Box Office. This event is expected to sell out.

Rock Hall Ball guests will have the opportunity to choose between two different admission levels and party like a rock star through the night:

·    Platinum Ticket ($55 member/$65 non-member): Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Party includes hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine until 12:30 a.m. and entertainment until 2 a.m.
·    Vinyl Ticket ($15):  Doors open at 10 p.m. Party includes cash bar and entertainment until 2 a.m.

Preceding the 8:30 p.m. Rock Hall Ball will be a VIP Reception to honor Senator George V. Voinovich upon his retirement from public office, for all he has done for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Northeast Ohio. Tickets start at $250 for the VIP Reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails and are invited to stay for the Rock Hall Ball. Proceeds will benefit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s mission programs. To purchase tickets for the VIP Reception and help us honor Senator Voinovich, call (216) 515-1207 or email clovinger@rockhall.org.

On Thursday, September 2, at 10:30 a.m. the Leo M. Mintz Gallery will be dedicated in the Museum’s Architects of Rock and Roll exhibit. Mintz, the owner of Cleveland’s Record Rendezvous, was instrumental in the early promotion of rock and roll and is widely credited with urging Alan Freed to introduce the music to a broader audience. The Friday night Rock Hall Ball Anniversary Celebration will also mark the grand public opening of the Leo M. Mintz Gallery. 

Exhibits will be open to tour during the Friday Night Rock Hall Ball, including From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen, the world’s first major artifact-driven exhibit about Springsteen’s legendary career. Other special exhibits include Great Music. No Limits. Celebrating 35 Years of Austin City Limits and the Hall of Fame’s 2010 Inductees Exhibit.

Since the opening of the Museum on September 3, 1995, the Rock Hall has welcomed nearly eight million visitors from around the world. The Museum has been home to seven floors of exhibition space spanning 150,000 square feet, offering visitors a five to six hour touring experience of 18 permanent exhibits, six special rotating exhibits, six interactive listening stations and 125 minutes of film in five different theaters.  The Rock Hall has also brought more than 1.5 billion dollars in economic impact to the Northeast Ohio economy in its 15 year history. The Museum’s award-winning education department reaches more than 50,000 students and educators each year through its education programs on site, like Rock and Roll Night School and Rockin’ the Schools, and at great distances through its distance learning program, On the Road. More than 100 artists and musicians come to the Hall each year to be part of education panel discussions, perform, meet with fans and show their support.
For more information on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s 15th anniversary celebration, please visit http://www.rockhall.com/event/rock-hall-ball.

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 (and Saturdays through Labor Day), the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Museum admission is $22 for adults, $17 for seniors (65+), $13 for youth (9-12), $18 for adult residents of Greater Cleveland. Children under 8 and Museum members are free. The Museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. 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 216.515.8425 for information on becoming a member. For general inquiries, please call 216.781.ROCK(7625) or visit www.rockhall.com.

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