Spring Rock Benefit rolls into Cleveland

May 6th, 2010

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will host the eigth annual “It’s Only Rock and Roll” Spring Benefit on Saturday May 15, 2010.

There will be performances by inductees Terry Sylvester of The Hollies, Gene Chandler, Sheila E., Grand Funk Railroad’s Mark Farner, MC Hammer, and Tommy James and The Shondells to benefit the Museum’s educational programs.

The event will begin on Friday, May 14  in the Rock Hall’s Foster Theater with a “Legend Series” event featuring Tommy James.

Tommy James and the Shondells, who are well known for their hits “Mony, Mony,” “Crimson and Clover,” and “I Think We’re Alone Now,” will be answering questions from the audience after his performance on Friday.

The “Legend Series” performances are well-known for offering audiences “rare and unique access to important audiences,” according to

Seating for Friday’s performance is limited, however, tickets can be purchased by e-mailing or by calling (216) 515-8426.

The benefits proceeds will support the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame museum’s educational programming.

Not only are the particular education programs award-winning but also they have touched over 50,000 individuals each year.

Just in Northeast Ohio, over 25,000 students and teachers are reached annually through the “Rockin’ the Schools” program, according to the Rock Hall’s Web site.  This particular program is solely for children grades K-12.

The museum’s “Rock Toddler” program, which has been running for 10 years, has served over 4,000 at-risk children, ages three to four years old.

Other education programs that are offered through the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame include “Higher Education” (for University students), “Teachers Rock,” “Summer Teacher Institute” and “Teacher Workshops” (for teachers), and “Rock and Roll Night School” (for adult learners).

In the past, according to its Web site, the Rock Hall Spring Benefit has featured performers such as Joan Jett, The B-52s, Eddie Money (“Take Me Home Tonight”), Kim Carnes (“Bette Davis Eyes”), and Peter Frampton.

The site also notes that all “Spring Benefits” have been sold out each year in the past.

The benefit event will begin on Saturday, May 15 at 8:00 p.m. in Public Hall at the Cleveland Convention Center.

Balcony tickets can be purchased  for $15 at all Ticketmaster outlets  or at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Box Office.