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The Music Box Celebrates Rock & Roll’s Greatest Hits

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March 9th, 2015

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RockWeekLogoRock Week: Decade by Decade Honors the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame & Museum’s Iconic Inductees

Cleveland, OH, March 9, 2015 – On Saturday, April 18, music’s legendary figures will gather at Public Hall for the 2015 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame & Museum Induction Ceremony. In the days leading up to this gala event, the Music Box Supper Club is celebrating these rock & roll icons and their music with a series of special concerts.

Taking place between April 10-17, Rock Week: Decade by Decade will guide fans through the history of rock & roll, with a focus on bands and songwriters who are enshrined in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame & Museum. Each night, homegrown Northeast Ohio talent and select national performing artists will celebrate 60+ years of beloved, enduring songs. (Click here for a full list of performers and events.)

“When the Rock Hall’s induction ceremony takes place in Cleveland, the city just comes alive,” says Mike Miller, Vice President, Music Box Supper Club. “With Rock Week, we wanted to both capture that excitement—and add to it.”

Rock Week kicks off with ’50s night (Friday, April 10), which highlights pioneers such as Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis, the rebel-country sounds of Johnny Cash, heavenly harmonies of the Everly Brothers and Elvis Presley’s hip-swiveling rockabilly. ’60s night (Saturday, April 11) naturally covers the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, but also emphasizes vocal powerhouses such as Janis Joplin and Aretha Franklin, and the massively influential folk/classic rock sounds of the Band.

’70s night (Sunday, April 12) is a full-building celebration of the decade’s diverse stars: classic rockers Steely Dan, reggae legend Bob Marley, jam band icons the Grateful Dead and 2015 Inductee Paul Butterfield Blues Band. This day will also feature a very special Muddy Waters tribute by Chicago blues legend John Primer, who performed with Waters in his final band.

Rock Week will also feature headline performances from ’80s new wave icons Martha Davis & The Motels (Monday, April 13) and ’90s alt-rock hit-makers the Verve Pipe (Tuesday, April 14), as well as a special polka-driven take on ’90s music by the Chardon Polka Band (Tuesday, April 14). A set of the hits you know and love from the ’80s (Monday, April 13) and the ’00s to the present day (Wednesday, April 15) rounds out the decade-by-decade portion of the week.

In a unique twist, the final two nights of the festival will feature local talent performing a night of Ohio’s Greatest Hits (Thursday, April 16) and an energetic, week-ending showcase of Inductees’ Greatest Hits (Friday, April 17).

Tickets are on sale at 10am EST Monday, March 9, to Music Box VIP members, and to the general public at 10am EST on Wednesday, March 11, via the Music Box’s website, by phone (216.242.1250) and in person at the box office.

“When people ask us what kind of performers the Music Box books, we always like to say we have a little something for everyone,” Miller says. “Rock Week certainly lives up to that tagline: No matter what kind of music you like, there will be a show for you to enjoy.”

Presenting partners of the Music Box’s Rock Week include Cleveland Scene, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.

In fact, all week the Music Box will be collecting donations for the latter’s annual Harvest For Hunger campaign, a food and fund drive which provides critical resources to local hunger relief organizations in 21 counties in Northeast and North Central Ohio. At each concert, Rock Week guests will be able to choose to have their bill for food and beverage “rounded up” to a certain amount, and the additional amount paid will be automatically donated to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.

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