Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Richie Furay formerly of Buffalo Springfield and Fefe Dobson added to 2010 Rock Hall Benefit Line-up

Proceeds will benefit the Museum’s educational activities

CLEVELAND (May 5, 2010) –The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is pleased to announce that Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Richie Furay and Fefe Dobson have been added to the performance line-up for the 8th annual It's Only Rock and Roll Spring Benefit on Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 8 p.m. at the historic Public Hall at the Cleveland Convention Center.  Furay is a founding member of Buffalo Springfield, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997, and later formed country-rock band Poco in the 1960s. Dobson is a two-time Juno award nominated singer-songwriter currently climbing up the charts with her infectious pop rock sound.

This event is presented by PNC and sponsored by Ohio Natural Gas, The North Olmsted Auto Collection, Time Warner Cable, Hard Rock Cafe and Consolidated Graphics Group. WKYC Channel 3, Clear Channel Radio, Ohio Magazine and Cleveland Magazine will provide generous media support of the Benefit.

The kickoff event begins on Friday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Rock Hall’s Foster Theater with a Legends Series event featuring Tommy James. He will be interviewed in front of a live audience by Jason Hanley, director of education at the Museum. Seating is no longer available for this event. Please email edu@rockhall.org or call (216) 515-8426 to RSVP for the waitlist should any seats be released.

The 8th annual It’s Only Rock and Roll Spring Benefit will include performances from:

·    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Richie Furay formerly of Buffalo Springfield (“For What It’s Worth,” “Kind Woman”)
·    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Terry Sylvester formerly of the Hollies (“He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother,” “Long Cool Woman,” “Bus Stop”)
·    Fefe Dobson (“I Want You,” “Ghost,” “In Your Touch”)
·    Tommy James and the Shondells ("Mony Mony," "I Think We’re Alone Now")
·    Gene Chandler (“Duke of Earl,” “Groovy Situation”)
·    Sheila E. ("The Glamorous Life,” “A Love Bizarre”)
·    Mark Farner formerly of Grand Funk  ("The Loco-motion," "Aimless Lady," “Some Kind of Wonderful,” “Bad Time”)
·    MC Hammer ("U Can’t Touch This," “Too Legit to Quit”)

The house band will feature some of rock and roll’s most talented musicians:  Ricky Byrd (Joan Jett, Roger Daltrey) and Jeff Carlisi (.38 Special) on guitar; keyboardist Rob Arthur (Joan Osborne, Peter Frampton); Liberty DeVitto (Billy Joel) on drums and Jeff Adams (Starship) on bass.

Balcony tickets are $15 and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, via phone at (800) 745-3000, online at www.ticketmaster.com and at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Box Office. 

A limited number of VIP Benefit Donor packages are available. They include dinner and floor seating and are partially tax deductible.   For more information on table packages or individual floor tickets, please call the Museum Development Office at (216) 515-1208 or visit www.rockhall.com.
 
Live Auction Items
Rock Hall benefit dinner attendees will have the opportunity to bid on exciting one-of-a-kind- packages including:

·    Mercedes Benz—Germany Adventure and VIP Tour of Mercedes Factory—Donated by North Olmsted Auto Group
Tour Europe and the Black Forest for 5 nights in a brand new Mercedes Benz. Airfare, insurance, use of car and luxury hotel included.

·    Cavaliers Game Package –Donated by the Cleveland Cavaliers
A suite for a 2010-11regular season Cavs game, autographed LeBron James jersey and warm-up  passes.

·    U2 VIP Concert Experience and an Eagles VIP Concert Experience
Both concerts include tickets, hotel and VIP passes.

All ticket purchases and auction proceeds benefit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's nationally-acclaimed educational activities.

About Richie Furay

Richie Furay is an American singer, songwriter, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee who is best known for forming the bands Buffalo Springfield with Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Bruce Palmer, and Dewey Martin, and Poco with Jim Messina, Rusty Young, and Timothy B. Schmidt. His best known song (originally written during his tenure in Buffalo Springfield, but eventually performed by Poco, as well) was "Kind Woman," which he wrote for his wife, Nancy.

In the late 1960s he formed the country-rock band Poco with Jim Messina and Rusty Young. This band was influential to many future country-rock acts, Furay's best known songs, "Pickin' Up The Pieces" and "Good Feelin' To Know," however, have reached classic status and appear on many country rock compilations. Furay left Poco in 1974 to form the Souther Hillman Furay Band. Souther, Hillman, Furay's self-titled first album was certified Gold and yielded the top thirty hit “Fallin’ in Love.”

In 2007 he toured with a new formation of the Richie Furay Band. At the Boulder and Bluebird Theatres in Colorado they recorded a double live CD ALIVE. The ALIVE set covers 29 songs of Furay's career. The Richie Furay band continues to tour.

About Fefe Dobson

From the cheeky, nursery rhyme playground anthem and first single, “I Want You,” the tribal percussion of “Can’t Breathe,” produced by rock legend Bob Ezrin, to the dance-floor thump of the tongue-in-chic “Paranoia” and the arena, flick-your-Bic torch song, “In Your Touch,” Fefe Dobson has finally found the sweet spot in her mix of rock and club beats.

Dobson busted onto the music scene as a precocious 18-year-old, releasing her debut album in 2003, which spawned four singles, including “Bye Bye Boyfriend,” “Take Me Away,” “Everything” and “Don’t Go (Girls and Boys).” She appeared as Tina Turner in the NBC series, American Dreams, opened for Justin Timberlake’s European tour, and was featured in a Tommy Hilfiger commercial. The album also earned her two Juno Award nominations for Pop Album of the Year and New Artist of the Year.

Four years later, Dobson is back, with an album called Joy that is a clear indication that she will be doing things her way, or not at all.  In fact, Fefe Dobson is just getting started.
 
About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Annual Spring Benefit Concert

The Rock Hall It’s Only Rock and Roll Benefit proceeds will support the Museum's award-winning educational activities, which explores the impact that modern music has had on our culture, politics and society. Programs reach 50,000 students and educators on site and at great distances each year and nearly 500,000 visitors through our engaging exhibits. 

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s education programs have become one of the most celebrated and award-winning emanating from any fine arts museum in the nation. More than 25,000 Northeast Ohio students and teachers are reached annually through the popular Rockin' the Schools program. More than 25,000 students in more than 40 states as well as France, Australia, Canada, England, Guatemala, and Mexico have experienced On the Road, the Rock Hall's distance learning program. Now in its 10th year, the Museum's Toddler Rock program has served more than 4,000 at-risk three to five year-olds in Cleveland. On Wednesday evenings each month the Museum hosts free educational programs for adults including From Songwriters to Soundman: The People Behind the Hits, Rock and Roll Night School and Teachers Rock for area educators. For more information on the Museum's FREE educational programming, please visit www.rockhall.com/education.

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, $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(7625) or visit www.rockhall.com.  The Museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

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