The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum

Black History Month

In celebration of Black History Month each February the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum recognizes the extraordinary contributions that African-Americans have made to popular music. Since 1996, the Rock Hall’s Black History Month events have included film screenings, lectures, intimate evenings of conversation, and performances by local and national groups such as Robert Lockwood, Jr., The Temptations, Charles Brown, Ruth Brown, Take 6, Al Green, the Ohio Players, Lloyd Price, the Manhattans and Little Anthony and the Imperials.

These programs are part of a series of events celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and the return of the Induction Ceremony to Cleveland. Throughout 2015, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will host a number of events to engage music fans, thank the community of supporters and celebrate the spirit and passion of rock and roll.

Friday, February 6

Sonic Sessions Concert Series with Sinkane
Klipsch Audio Main Stage, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
8 p.m. Doors / 9 p.m. Show
with Muamin Collective
Tickets: $5.50 (includes tax)
. On sale now at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame box office, or online at
This event is general admission, standing room only.
 The Sonic Sessions are sponsored by Magic Hat Brewing Company


Unless noted, all events listed below are free with a reservation at or in-person at the Rock Hall Box Office.  Tickets for all FREE events will become available to Rock Hall Members on Monday, February 2 at 10 a.m. EST and will become available to the general public on Tuesday, February 3 at 10 a.m. EST.  

Monday, February 9 at 7pm

Inductee Author Series with George Clinton of Parliament-Funkadelic

Black Box Theatre of the Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C), adjacent to the Rock Hall’s Library and Archives
2809 Woodland Avenue, Cleveland

George Clinton revolutionized R&B, twisting soul music into funk by fusing together influences as diverse as Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles, Phil Spector and Sly Stone. His Parliament-Funkadelic machine ruled black music during the seventies, capturing more than forty R&B hit singles (including three at #1) and recording three platinum albums. As a forefather of funk and godfather of hip-hop, samples of P-Funk can be heard on albums by Outkast, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliot, De La Soul, Fishbone and many others. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. Following this program, Clinton will sign copies of his newest memoir, BROTHAS BE, YO LIKE GEORGE, AINT’ THAT FUNKIN’ KINDA HARD ON YOU? (Atria Books; ISBN: 978-1-4767-5107-8; $27.00), written with New Yorker editor Ben Greenman. 

Wednesday, February 18 at 7pm

An Evening with Hip-Hop Photographer Joe Conzo

With special guest Grandmaster Caz of legendary rap group the Cold Crush Brothers
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s Foster Theater

Hip-hop photographer Joe Conzo will discuss his photographs featured in the Rock Hall’s latest exhibit, Fresh, Wild, Fly and Bold, which documents the pioneering days of hip-hop as well as life in the Bronx in the 1970s and 1980s.  Conzo will be joined by legendary hip-hop MC and DJ Grandmaster Caz of the Cold Crush Brothers.  Joe Conzo was the official photographer of the Cold Crush Brothers and the group is featured prominently in the exhibit.  The exhibit can be seen at the Museum’s Patty, Jay and Kizzie Baker Gallery. The collection of 26 photographs is courtesy of the Cornell Hip-Hop collection.

This event will also be streamed live on

Friday, February 20 at 7pm

Film Screening of "Underground Dance Masters: Final History of a Forgotten Era" and lecture/dance demonstration with director Thomas Guzman-Sanchez

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s Foster Theater
This program will feature a film screening of Underground Dance Masters: Final History of a Forgotten Era (2012), followed by a discussion and a dance demonstration hosted by director Thomas Guzman-Sanchez and producer Paul Guzman-Sanchez.  Thomas Guzman-Sanchez will also discuss the companion book to the film.
The Ohio Arts Council supports the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The Museum is also generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

Unless noted, all events are at the Rock Hall and are FREE with a reservation here or in-person at the Rock Hall Box Office.

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