With a new class of inductees, the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, and the 25th anniversary of Vans Warped Tour, there’s a lot planned for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019. CEO of the Rock Hall Greg Harris revealed what’s now in the works today, in a press conference at the Hall.
Geddy Lee’s Big Beautiful Bass Collection will be an exhibit that will showcase, as you might be able to infer from the title, Rush bassist Geddy Lee’s massive collection of globe-spanning vintage bass guitars. It’s all a part of the release of Geddy’s new book, Big Beautiful Book of Bass, and will debut January 19. Geddy will also be visiting the Rock Hall along with bandmate Alex Lifeson for a book signing, but this event is unfortunately sold out.
Tri-C High School Rock Off is no average “Battle of the Bands”. PNC Bank will be awarding three scholarships of up to $2,000 each for students to attend Tri-C and study within the College’s Center for Creative Arts. The first two qualifying performance rounds will be held the 19th and 26th. Tickets are $10, and include admission to the main museum.
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day (the 21st), there will be all-day free admission to the Rock Hall. A roster of special events is planned, with film screenings, lectures, dance troupes, spoken-word artists, and of course, music. You can check out the schedule here.
In keeping with Black History Month, a series of events pertaining to black people’s achievements in music will run throughout February.
- NWA’s DJ Yella and the son of Eazy-E, Lil Eazy-E will have a public interview and DJ demonstration on the 7th at 7pm. Event is free, but will require an RSVP on the Rock Hall’s site.
- Grammy award-winning R&B funk group Kinsman Dazz Band and DJ Ellery will perform on the 9th, at 8pm. Tickets are $10.
- Rapper Ice-T’s 2012 film Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap will be screened on the 21st, at 7pm. Tickets are $5.50, or free for museum members.
- CTRL|ALT|BEAT, will be a “interactive, socially engaging experience” that will speak on diversity in the world of music. The event will be free with an RSVP on the Rock Hall’s site.
Rock Hall Nights is the museum’s once-a-month party on select Wednesdays. The theme for the 13th will be “Rock and Roll Valentine”, and feature trivia, full bar, DJ’s, and a scavenger hunt. The events run from 6pm until 9pm, tickets are $20 per person (including a drink voucher), and are available online only.
The Tri-C High School Rock Off concludes, with the last qualifying round on the 2nd, and the “Final Exam” on the 16th will determine the winner. Qualifying round is $10 per person, Final Exam is $12. Each includes museum admission.
The Rock Hall’s film series will begin a new season of playing music-related movies in February, and run until June. The line-up of films will be made at the end of January.
March is the biggest month at the Rock Hall, with a new class of musicians being admitted into the Hall’s official roster. The 2019 inductees will be the subject of their own exhibit, so expect to see a collection featuring The Cure, Def Leppard, Janet Jackson, Radiohead, Roxy Music, Stevie Nicks, and The Zombies. While the induction ceremony is taking place at the Barclay Center in New York, a live simulcast event will be held on the 29th. This will be the only chance for fans to see the ceremony in its entirety before its HBO broadcast.
Rock Hall Nights will be held on the 6th, with the theme “Rock Off the Rack”, focusing on fashion in rock.
Rock Hall Nights will be held on the 3rd, with the theme “Put the Needle on the Record”, where you can bring your own vinyl albums to be played out of their massive sound system.
Some of the most famous three days of rock history happened in August of 1969 at the Woodstock Music Festival. Woodstock Turns 50 will be an exhibit looking back on the massive concert event with objects and recording from the Rock Hall’s personal collection, and new pieces on loan. Further details will be announced in the coming months, but expect much less mud than the actual Woodstock.
Rock Hall Nights will be held on the 1st, with the theme of, unsurprisingly, “Woodstock”. There will be trivia and a chance to make your own flower headband!
In slightly more recent concert history, Forever Warped: 25 Years of Vans Warped Tour will celebrate the traveling punk shows history of acts with a special exhibit. Although last year marked the end of the long-running showcase of young acts, it’s been teased that a “big announcement” will be made by the concert promoters at Vans about a special one-time event. That event -whatever it might be – will only be happening in New York, San Francisco and Cleveland. The announcement is expected to be made by the end of January.
In some of the biggest news about 2019, it was announced that the entire second floor of the museum will be transformed in the tentatively-titled Interactive Garage. The permanent exhibit will give visitors the chance to play real instruments, and experience the power of playing music themselves. Guitars and drum kits will be on hand, with interactive screens and trained helping you live your rock star dream. Newbie will be walked through how to play, and pros can let loose. Harris assured that the instruments provided would be “authentic stuff”, so this promises to be leaps and bounds beyond Guitar Hero.
Rock Hall Honors is a three-day celebration of a Rock Hall inductee, culminating in a concert that includes special guest stars of the inductees choosing. While the performer for 2019 hasn’t yet been revealed, it should be announced sometime in the first quarter of the year.
The Rock & Roll Holiday Ball will once again be held in early December, with a concert and full dinner from a celebrity chef. Details are, as you may guess, not available yet.