Rock Hall announces new exhibits, induction plans

CLEVELAND — Exhibitions focusing on revolutionary women in music and 1984, and a week of activities leading up to this year’s induction ceremony are among the events planned for 2024 at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

President and CEO Greg Harris shared some of the venue’s plans during a media event Thursday.

The hall released the 15 acts that were nominated Saturday, and ballots have been mailed to the voters, Harris said. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation will announce the class of 2024 around May, and the ceremony will be in Cleveland in the fall on a date and at a venue to be announced.

When Cleveland last hosted the event in 2021, it attracted 30,000 people, Harris said. More than 90% were from outside of Cuyahoga County, and 86% stayed overnight. The estimated economic impact of the festivities was $51 million, a 40% increase over 2018.

“It’s a really powerful event, and we’re proud to be bringing it back here,” Harris said.

As it was in 2023, the ceremony will be broadcast live on Disney+ and Hulu, and an edited version will be broadcast on ABC.

Opening March 8 will be “Revolutionary Women in Music: Left of Center.”

“As the saying goes, well-behaved women rarely make history,” Shelby Morrison, vice president of curatorial operations, said. “We’re opening this brand new exhibit about revolutionary artists who use music to take action, convey truth and call for change. For generations women have fought against socially-constructed gender norms to obtain equal social, political and economic freedom, and this exhibit is telling that story in a way we’ve never told it before.”

Some of the women who will be featured in the exhibit include Beyonce, Billie Eilish, Lauryn Hill, Haim, Hayley Williams of Paramore, Christina Aguilera, Natalie Merchant, Liz Phair, Queen Latifah and Sleater-Kinney.

A special event from 6 to 10 p.m. March 7 will feature performances by some of the women featured, including Jane Wiedlin of The Go-Go’s, Shirley Manson of Garbage, Lisa Loeb and Malina Moye. Ticket information will be announced soon.

Opening July 3 will be “1984,” an exhibit focusing on the cultural impact of the music released that year.

“It’s the 40th anniversary of the year that Bruce Springsteen put out `Born in the USA,’ that Madonna put out `Like a Virgin,’ that Tina Turner put out `Private Dancer,’ that Prince put out `Purple Rain,’ and that’s just a few of the things that happened that year,” Morrison said. “Music critic Alan Light called it the most important year in pop music.”

A third special exhibition is planned in the fall that will be announced at a later date, and the Class of 2024 exhibit will open around the induction ceremony. The museum also is extending “Hip Hop at 50: Holla If Ya Hear Me” through 2024 because of its popularity.

The Rock Hall also will have a Solar Fest from April 5 to 8 to coincide with Northeast Ohio being in the path of the total eclipse April 8. The hall will have extended hours from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. during the festival, which will include family-friendly activities and an April 7 concert by Rock Hall inductee Grandmaster Flash.

A full slate of concerts featuring local, regional and national acts are planned for Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays during the summer with the full lineup announced in May.

All of these events are going on while the venue undergoes an expansion project. The hall raised $135 million, 92.5% from private / corporate donors and only 7.5% from public funds, Harris said.

The 50,000-square-foot addition will include a new entryway, a state-of-the-art education center and a performance venue that can accommodate up to 1,400 people.

“The museum is going to stay open through the whole expansion,” Harris said. “Too many people are coming from all over the world to experience the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Our staff is creative and flexible and is going to make it possible to always get in and out of this building safely.”


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