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Rock Hall Reveal Details About the Rolling Stones' Series Events

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have announced the event details for their upcoming 18th Annual Music Masters Series that will be honoring the Rolling Stones.

The week long event, dubbed " It's Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It): The Music of The Rolling Stones," will be taking place from October 21st through 26th and will be presented by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and Case Western Reserve University.

The festivities will kick off on October 21st with a special program for students at 1:00 p.m. local time called "On the Road 'You Got Me Rocking": The Musical Roots of the Rolling Stones" and will conclude with an all-star tribute concert on Saturday October 26th at the PlayhouseSquare's State Theatre.

Prior to the launch of the special series, the Rock Hall will launch an exhibition featuring "previously unpublished photographs taken by Bob Bonis, the U.S. tour manager for the Stones between 1964 and 1966."

We were sent the following details about each event that will be taking place as part of the series: FREE with RSVP Tuesday, October 22 at 7 p.m. Author Series with Bill Janovitz at Cuyahoga Community College's Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts in the Black Box Theater (adjacent to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Library and Archives, 2809 Woodland Avenue, Cleveland)

Bill Janovitz is a singer, guitarist, and songwriter in the band Buffalo Tom. His recent book, Rocks Off: 50 Tracks That Tell the Story of the Rolling Stones (St. Martin's Press; $25.99; Hardcover) presents the story of the Rolling Stones as told through fifty of their most representative songs. Janovitz is also the author of Exile on Main Street (from the critically acclaimed 33 1/3 series) about the iconic Stones album. Following the program, Janovitz will participate in a book signing. This event is free with a reservation. Seating is limited. Reservations can be made through the Rock Hall website at or at the Rock Hall Box Office. Rock Hall Members can RSVP starting at 10 a.m. on Monday, September 30. General public can RSVP starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 1.

FREE with RSVP - Wednesday, October 23 at 4:30 p.m. Teachers Rock "Following the River": Exploring the Roots of the Rolling Stones in the Rock Hall's "Eat to the Beat" on the 3rd floor.

Join us for a special teacher workshop inspired by the Rolling Stones and their musical roots. Teachers will learn how to connect their classroom curriculum to the artistry of the Stones by examining the history of the American roots music that inspired them. This workshop is appropriate for upper-elementary through high school teachers and is designed for educators around Northeast Ohio. This event is free with a reservation. Space is limited. Reservations can be made through the Rock Hall website at

FREE with RSVP Wednesday, October 23 at 8 p.m. Songwriters to Soundmen with Steve Jordan, Bobby Keys and Steve Madaio in the Rock Hall's Foster Theater on the 4th floor

Jordan (the musical director for the October 26 tribute concert), Keys and Madaio will be interviewed in front of a live audience by Jason Hanley, the Rock Hall's Director of Education, and will answer questions from the audience. They will discuss the musicians' previous work with the Rolling Stones, reflect on the act of assembling the house band for this year's tribute concert, and how they will interpret the music from the Stones 50-year long catalog. This event is free with a reservation. Seating is limited. Reservations can be made through the Rock Hall website at or at the Rock Hall Box Office. Rock Hall Members can RSVP starting at 10 a.m. on Monday, September 30. General public can RSVP starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 1.

FREE - Thursday, October 24 at 7:00 p.m. Keynote Lecture by Alan Light at Case Western Reserve University's Ford Auditorium, 11000 Euclid Ave.

Alan Light's keynote will examine the latter-day Rolling Stones, and the triumphs and challenges of their longevity. Light is the former Editor-in-Chief of Spin and Vibe magazines, a frequent contributor to the New York Times and Rolling Stone, and the author of The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley and the Unlikely Ascent of "Hallelujah." This event is free and reservations are not required. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Saturday, October 26 from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Annual Music Masters Conference in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Foster Theater.

A reflection on the career of the Rolling Stones and their impact on rock and roll music. The conference will feature a screening of ABKCO film's Charlie Is My Darling: Ireland 1965 (2012, 64 minutes), a legendary but never released film shot during a quick tour of Ireland in 1965; an interview with singer Merry Clayton, the unforgettable voice on "Gimme Shelter"; and additional presentations. Tickets are $25 ($10 lunch voucher included) and are available through the Rock Hall website at or at the Rock Hall Box Office. Rock Hall Members can purchase tickets starting at 10 a.m. on Monday, September 30. General public can purchase tickets starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 1. Admission to the Museum is free with the purchase of a conference ticket. Portions of this event will be streamed live on

Saturday, October 26 at 7:30 p.m. Annual Music Masters Tribute Concert at PlayhouseSquare's State Theatre

Grammy Award-winning drummer Steve Jordan will lead the house band as musical director. Jordan has assembled a group of critically-acclaimed musicians, including Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Ian McLagan, Bernard Fowler, Bobby Keys, Trevor Lawrence, Steve Madaio, Waddy Wachtel and Willie Weeks to perform. Joining the tribute concert lineup are Merry Clayton and Sarah Dash. Due to a scheduling conflict, Lisa Fischer and Ivan Neville are no longer performing. Tickets to the October 26th tribute concert range from $30 - $80 and are available at the PlayhouseSquare box office, by calling (216) 241-6000, or by visiting TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE, BUT ARE GOING FAST.

Special programs for students: Monday, October 21 at 1:00 p.m. On the Road "You Got Me Rocking": The Musical Roots of the Rolling Stones

Join the Rock Hall's award-winning education team for a special distance learning class for students to be streamed LIVE on the Rock Hall's website at Rock Hall Educators will demonstrate how the Rolling Stones drew from blues, rhythm and blues, and early rock and roll to create a sound and style that helped to define the British Invasion. Students will examine how the music of artists such as Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and Chuck Berry shaped the Stones as musicians and later, as songwriters. Songs to be discussed include "Little Red Rooster" and "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction." Students will have the opportunity to email questions to Rock Hall educators during the live stream. There is no cost to connect. This class is appropriate for middle and high school classrooms.

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