The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum announces summer programs in conjunction with its featured exhibit:

Common Ground: The Music Festival Experience


CLEVELAND (June 10, 2014) – In conjunction with its newest exhibit Common Ground: The Music Festival Experience, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has announced a range of free public programs that explore the significance and legacy of music festivals, including a Hall of Fame Series, films and special lectures.

Hall of Fame Series with the Family Stone, featuring Jerry Martini, Cynthia Robinson and Greg Errico

Friday, June 20, 2014 at 1 p.m. in the Rock Hall’s Foster Theater

FREE with a reservation

Original members of Sly and the Family Stone Cynthia Robinson (trumpet), Greg Errico (drums) and Jerry Martini (sax) will be interviewed by Lauren Onkey, vice president of education and public programs.

As rock’s first integrated, multi-gender band, Sly and the Family Stone became funky Pied Pipers to the Woodstock Generation, synthesizing rock, soul, R&B, funk and psychedelia into danceable, message-laden, high-energy music. In promoting their gospel of tolerance and celebration of differences, Sly and the Family Stone brought disparate audiences together during the latter half of the Sixties. The group’s greatest triumph came at the Woodstock Festival in August 1969. During their unforgettable nighttime set, leader Sly Stone initiated a fevered call-and-response with the audience of 400,000+ during an electrifying version of “I Want to Take You Higher.”  The group also performed at the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival in England.

Sly and the Family Stone dominated the late Sixties charts with such essential singles as “Dance to the Music” (#8 pop, #9 R&B), “Everyday People” (#1, pop and R&B), “Hot Fun in the Summertime” (#2 pop, #3 R&B), “Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin” (#1, pop and R&B) and “Family Affair” (#1, pop and R&B).  Today, the Family Stone continues the musical experience that has brought them in front of over half a million people through the United States and Europe – spreading the roots of funk that is The Family Stone.

This event is FREE with a ticket reservation online at or in-person at the Rock Hall Box Office. Tickets can be reserved now. This event will also be streamed live on

FILM SCREENING:  Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin’ (2013)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in the Rock Hall’s Foster Theater

FREE with a reservation

Hear My Train A Comin’ unveils previously unseen performance footage and home movies taken by Hendrix and drummer Mitch Mitchell while sourcing an extensive archive of photographs, drawings, family letters and more to provide new insight into the musician’s personality and genius.  The film details the meteoric rise of the Experience, the creation of his groundbreaking music, the building of Electric Lady Studios, his state-of-the-art recording facility in Greenwich Village and concludes with poignant footage from his final performance in Germany in September 1970, just 12 days before his death at age 27.

Presented as part of a year-long celebration around his 70th birthday year, Hear My Train A Comin’ tells the definitive Jimi Hendrix story, illustrated by interviews with Hendrix and illuminated with commentary from family, well-known friends and musicians including Paul McCartney, Noel Redding, Mitch Mitchell, Billy Cox, Eddie Kramer, Steve Winwood, Vernon Reid, Billy Gibbons, Dweezil Zappa and Dave Mason.

This event is FREE with a ticket reservation online at or in-person at the Rock Hall Box Office. Tickets can be reserved now.

Hot Fun in the Summertime: An Interactive Presentation on Music Festivals

Fridays from 1 p.m.- 1:45 p.m., 6/27 through 8/29

FREE with Museum admission

As part of the exhibit Common Ground: The Music Festival Experience, this multimedia presentation by Rock Hall educators highlights key performances in the history of music festivals and explore their significance in the history of rock and roll music. Performances will include Bob Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival (1965), Janis Joplin with Big Brother and the Holding Company at the Monterey Pop Festival (1967), Isaac Hayes at WATTSTAX (1972), Radiohead at Glastonbury (1997) and more! Come learn the stories behind these powerful moments of common ground—and share your own festival experiences!

These programs will be available to any Museum visitor with paid attendance.  Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. As a bonus, Hot Fun in the Summertime will also feature two festival-related film screenings in the Museum’s Foster Theater. Visit for updates and detailed schedules.

About Common Ground: The Music Festival Experience

Whether it‘s forging human bonds, building a sense of community, providing broad exposure for musical artists – both old and new – or as one of the most important economic engines of the music industry, the story of the music festival is inextricably linked with music’s powerful cultural impact around the globe.

Spanning two floors of the Museum, the exhibit will surround visitors with the sights and sounds of a rock festival to evoke the experience in a visceral way, utilizing video of the iconic festivals of the past (Newport, Monterey, Woodstock, Wattstax and more) and the vibrant, constantly evolving events of the present (Coachella, Bonnaroo, Glastonbury and more), with an emphasis on establishing a “you are there” environment. Several floor to ceiling photographs of festival fans will invite visitors to examine and interpret the fan experience and become a part of the crowd. Ambient sounds will fill the space: weather, bands tuning up, people talking, radio ads and news reports. Visitors will connect with the intangible elements inherent in the festival experience – identifying with a community, participating in a social event and being part of the creative process.

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 activities.

rockhallThe 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 are free. A 6% Admission Tax that goes to support Cleveland Metropolitan Schools is added to each ticket at purchase. 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  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.





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