The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum


Exhibits, free performances, screening of rare Inductee footage and more will focus on the anniversary of an event that defined an era

CLEVELAND (August 3, 2009) – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum welcomes music fans for a weekend of events devoted to celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair from August 21-23, 2009. The weekend will surround the Museum’s exhibit WOODSTOCK: The 40th Anniversary.  This event is sponsored by LavaLite. Special event partners include Newschannel 5, 107.3 The Wave and Cain Park.

On Friday, August 14 at 8 p.m., Soul and Heart: A Two-Hour Festival of Folk, Blues and Pop-Gospel will kick off the spirit of Woodstock at Cain Park’s Evans Amphitheater. Long Road, pop-gospel of the Prayer Warriors and acoustic singer-songwriter Noah Budin will perform. The Rock Hall is proud to partner with Cain Park for this event. Additional details are available at cainpark.com

The Woodstock Music and Art Fair was billed as three days of peace and music. Over the course of a weekend—August 15 to 17, 1969—it defined a generation, landmarked an era and validated the ethos of a movement.  The weekend hosted performances from an unprecedented array of artists, including Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees the Who, Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, the Band, Santana, the Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Sly and the Family Stone and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, along with Joe Cocker, Arlo Guthrie, Johnny Winter, Joan Baez and Richie Havens. The Rock Hall’s exhibit tells the story of the festival, utilizing a vast array of artifacts from Woodstock executive producer Michael Lang and many of the artists who appeared at the festival.

The Woodstock 40th Anniversary events will include:

Friday, August 14
• 8 p.m.: Soul and Heart: A Two-Hour Festival of Folk, Blues and Pop-Gospel at Cain Park’s Evans Amphitheater. Rock Hall members can see the show for half-off the ticket price of $20 by showing their Rock Hall membership card at Cain Park’s ticket office.

Friday, August 21


Induction Ceremony Highlights (Ahmet M. Ertegun Main Exhibit Hall Theater)

• Continuous loop throughout the day of rare Induction footage of artists who performed at the 1969 Woodstock festival including Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, the Band, Santana, the Grateful Dead, and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.

Eco Presentations (Plaza)

• Throughout the day, five Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC) organizations will be on-site with tips and presentations on how to live a greener lifestyle.

Woodstock Exhibit (Ahmet M. Ertegun Main Exhibit Hall)

• 2 -3 p.m.:  Meet the Curator – Special in-depth presentation by chief curator Jim Henke examining the historical significance and influence of artifacts in the Woodstock exhibit.

Saturday, August 22

Induction Ceremony Highlights (Ahmet M. Ertegun Main Exhibit Hall Theater) and Eco Presentations (Plaza)

Woodstock Exhibit (Ahmet M. Ertegun Main Exhibit Hall)

• Noon – 1 p.m.: Meet the Curator – Special in-depth presentation by chief curator Jim Henke examining the historical significance and influence of artifacts in the Woodstock exhibit.

Rock Hall Main Stage

• 1-3 p.m.:  The Paul Green School of Rock Music, Rocky River will take the stage in Cleveland and 39 other Schools of Rock nationwide will do the same at Woodstock tributes in their own respective cities. Seventeen students will perform 24 songs from the festival by artists including Jimi Hendrix, the Who, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Santana and CSNY. They will be decked in homemade tie dyes and other 60s garb, fully prepared to spread the message of peace and love which will include their own version of “The Fish Cheer.”

Sunday, August 23

Induction Ceremony Highlights (Ahmet M. Ertegun Main Exhibit Hall Theater) and Eco Presentations (Plaza)

Rock Hall Main Stage – 1 – 3 p.m.

• Long Road formed in 2007, initially for the purpose of preserving and performing the songs of the late-‘60s singer-songwriters.  The group has vastly expanded its repertoire, but still plays much ‘60s music, and arranges all of its songs to sound like the acoustic music of that era. Long Road has performed concerts at Cain Park, Nighttown and many other local venues. Long Road is David Budin (guitar, vocals), Kevin Richards (guitar, mandolin, vocals), Bob Sandham (guitar, pedal steel, vocals), Celia Hollander Lewis (guitar, banjo, autoharp, hammered dulcimer, mountain dulcimer, Irish harp, bowed psaltery, vocals), Charlie Lewis (guitar, mandolin, banjo, vocals) and Ray DeForest (bass).

• The Prayer Warriors “Inspirational Groove” runs the gamut from Amazing Grace to Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall” (and includes such songs as “I Can See Clearly Now,” “Love Train” and “Rockin’ in Jerusalem”).  This award-winning group took the non-traditional route to become one of the most dynamic groups around. The group has also performed backup for many artists, including Diana Ross, Foreigner, Josh Groban and Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul & Mary), and local artists including the Colin Dussault Blues Project and Walkin’ Cane.

• Noah Budin has been a singer-songwriter since he was in high school. He was a member of the Chicago based a capella music and comedy group Four Guys Standing Around Singing during the 1980s and ‘90s. The group toured nationally, performing on college campuses (winning the “Entertainer of the Year” award three years in a row from the National Association of Campus Activities), at summer festivals, state fairs and corporate events. They opened for or headlined with artists including Jerry Seinfeld, Rich Little, Janeane Garofalo and Chubby Checker. 

• Woodwind instrumentalist Rob Williams was born and raised in Stockton, CA. He arrived in Cleveland in 1990 and that year, he launched the Afro Cleveland Orchestra, a jazz-fusion group that still performs. Rob is a dedicated and well-traveled musician who has won the Free Times award for Best Horn Player.  Equally adept on flute, clarinet and alto, tenor and soprano sax, Rob is well-versed in many musical genres, including blues, jazz, rock, R&B, calypso, reggae, ska, soca, salsa and other African-based rhythms.  He has performed and recorded since the mid-’90s with the Swing Lizards and traveled widely with the Mike Petrone Quartet. 

**The first 1,000 visitors on August 22 and 23 will receive a complimentary miniature lava lamp courtesy of LavaLite.  Visitors can also register to win tickets to the 14th Annual American Music Masters concert on November 14, tickets to Taking Woodstock film, a SIRIUS Sportster 5 Satellite Radio with 3-month subscription to SIRIUS Everything Plus The Best Of XM, Woodstock box sets courtesy of FYE and memberships to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

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Stay all weekend and save – Two-day passes available
Two-day passes are available through the Museum’s box office. Passes are $33 for adults, $25 for seniors and $20 for children. Passes are good for two consecutive days only.

Museum Members – Free Admission
To learn about becoming a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, visit rockhall.com/support/membership.
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About the WOODSTOCK: The 40th Anniversary exhibit
This exhibit tells the story of the festival, utilizing a vast array of artifacts from Woodstock executive producer Michael Lang and many of the artists who appeared at the festival. 

Featured collections pieces include:
• Michael Lang Vest
• John Sebastian Tie-Died Cape and Jacket
• Press Release
• Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young Performance Contract
• Original Handwritten Plan for the Woodstock Festival
• Letter from Apple Corps Ltd. to Michael Lang

About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum 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 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), 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

 

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