The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum

LIVE STREAM: Rock and Roll Night School: “Rock the City with their Congo Dances,” a Special Presentation by Ned Sublette (October 27, 7-9 pm EST)

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Wednesday, October 27: 7 p.m.
The first known use of the verb rock to refer to African American music and dance referred to the jams at Congo Square in New Orleans in 1819 -- about a block from where Roy Brown recorded “Good Rockin’ Tonight” in 1947. Ned Sublette, author of The Year Before The Flood, The World that Made New Orleans, and Cuba and Its Music, will talk about the impact of music from Afro-New Orleans and Afro-Cuba on twentieth-century music in the United States. Includes a special shout out to the late New Orleans drummer Earl Palmer, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee and founding drummer of rock and roll.

This event is free with a reservation. Email or call 216.515.8426 to RSVP.

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This is the second of three Rock and Roll Night School events presented in conjunction with the Rock Hall’s 15th Annual American Music Masters celebration.