Friday, September 5, 2008
I promised to write a few posts about some of the attributes of Cleveland and I know you have all been holding your breath for it. I already wrote about the astounding Cleveland Orchestra and Severance Hall. (see April 11) And I wrote about the spectacular reopened galleries at the Cleveland Art Museum. ( see August 14)
Did you ever wonder why the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is in little ol' Cleveland? A Cleveland disk jockey, Alan Freed is credited with coining the term and Cleveland is the location of the first"rock n' roll" concert. Hence, Cleveland rocks! (As you may remember was sung at the opening of Drew Carey's show) I don't know about other cities but Cleveland has many, many small concert venues and clubs, including two on the Cuyahoga River and Blossom Music Center in nearby Cuyahoga Falls- so we continue to attempt to rock.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opened in 1995 in the redeveloped Northcoast Harbor area on the shores of Lake Erie. It was designed by Chinese architect I.M Pei. It has been a source of controversy why the the annual induction ceremonies are held in New York City - but apparently beginning in 2009 Cleveland will be blessed with the induction party every few years.
After one of my posts someone from another city left this comment - We spent a day in Cleveland a few years ago and took in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It was right on the lake and so beautiful. Just that day a number of "tall ships" were coming in for a weekend exhibit and it was really quite incredible.