The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum


Exhibits, free performances, screening of rare Inductee footage and more will focus on Motown artists including the Jackson 5

 

CLEVELAND (July 17, 2009) – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum welcomes Motown fans from across the region and country for a weekend of events devoted to celebrating the label’s 50th Anniversary beginning Friday, July 31 through Sunday, August 2.  The weekend will surround the Museum’s exhibit MOTOWN: The Sound of Young America Turns 50. Special event partners include Newschannel 5 and Radio One.

In an incredibly short amount of time, the Motown label produced 14 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees. The Motown exhibit features instruments, clothing, programs, posters, sheet music, original music scores, contracts, recordings and more. Items from Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, the Supremes, the Four Tops, the Temptations, the Jackson 5, Rick James, Martha and the Vandellas and many others will be featured. 

“While Motown was lauded as ‘The Sound of Young America,’ it was actually the sound of all of America and a good portion of the world,” said Howard Kramer, director of curatorial affairs for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

The 50th Anniversary of Motown’s weekend of events will include:

Friday, July 31

Induction Ceremony Highlights in the Ahmet M. Ertegun Main Exhibit Hall Theater
• Continuous loop throughout the day of rare Induction footage of Motown artists including Berry Gordy JR, Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops, Holland, Dozier & Holland, Isley Brothers, Martha and the Vandellas, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Jackson 5, and Michael Jackson

Motown Exhibit (in the Ahmet M. Ertegun Main Exhibit Hall)
• 2 – 3 p.m.: Meet the Curator – Special in-depth presentation by curatorial director Howard Kramer examining the historical significance and influence of artifacts in the Motown Exhibit.

Saturday, August 1

Induction Ceremony Highlights in the Ahmet M. Ertegun Main Exhibit Hall Theater
• Continuous loop throughout the day of rare Induction footage of Motown artists including Berry Gordy JR, Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops, Holland, Dozier & Holland, Isley Brothers, Martha and the Vandellas, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Jackson 5 and Michael Jackson.

Rock Hall Main Stage
• 1-3 p.m.:  Motown Showcase with Terry Macklin’s Sounds of Entertainment
DJ Dance Party with Interactive Motown choreography demonstrations and the Hollywood Dazzlers Dance/Skate Spectacular with Maurice Cook

Motown Exhibit (in the Ahmet M. Ertegun Main Exhibit Hall)
• Noon -1 p.m..: Meet the Curator – Special in-depth presentation by curatorial director Howard Kramer examining the historical significance and influence of artifacts in the Motown Exhibit.

Sunday, August 2

Induction Ceremony Highlights in the Ahmet M. Ertegun Main Exhibit Hall Theater
• Continuous loop throughout the day of rare Induction footage of Motown artists including Berry Gordy JR, Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops, Holland, Dozier & Holland, Isley Brothers, Martha and the Vandellas, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Jackson 5 and Michael Jackson.

Rock Hall Main Stage
• 1-2 p.m.:  Motown Showcase with Terry Macklin’s Sounds of Entertainment

• 2 -3 p.m.:  Special performance by Cleveland R&B group, Retrospect, in tribute to Motown.

• 3 - 4 p.m.:  Motown Showcase with Terry Macklin’s Sounds of Entertainment

**Throughout the weekend, visitors can register to win tickets to Cleveland Indians games, a Sirius/XM radio and three-month subscription, Motown 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 an Museum, visit rockhall.com/support/membership.

Cleveland Indians fans
Headed to one of the games against Motown’s own Detroit Tigers July 31-August 2 at Progressive Field?  Show your game ticket at the Rock Hall Box Office to save $2 off a regular adult admission.  One ticket per person required for discount, may not be combined with other discounts.  Not valid for special events or towards the purchase of a two day pass.

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MOTOWN: The Sound of Young America Turns 50
Featured collection pieces include:

• Stevie Wonder’s glasses and Superbowl 1999 “African American” outfit
• Jermaine Jackson of the Jackson 5’s 1977 Fender Jazz Bass guitar
• “Red Hot,” an outfit worn by Mary Wilson of the Supremes on the Ed Sullivan Show
• James Jamerson’s upright bass played on all of his Motown recording sessions until 1963
• A graphic representation of all of the Motown family of labels

The exhibit, located in the Ahmet M. Ertegun Main Exhibit Hall, is open until December 31, 2009.

Detroit Scene Case artifact highlights:
The following collection pieces are part of the Rock Hall’s permanent collection located in the Main Exhibit Hall:

• Smokey Robinson and the Miracles tour itinerary from 1969 and Robinson’s stage suit
• The Temptations microphone stand and tuxedos
• The Supremes poster from 1965
• Martha and the Vandellas stage costumes and performance contracts
• Stage costumes from the Four Tops

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.  The Museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

 

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