November 05, 2009

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Case Western Reserve University Plan Series of Events for 2009 American Music Masters® Tribute


Kozmic Blues: The Life and Music of Janis Joplin to Take Place Nov. 9-14

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities at Case Western Reserve University will celebrate Janis Joplin--one of rock and roll's most passionate and influential artists--during the 14th annual American Music Masters® series Kozmic Blues: The Life and Music of Janis Joplin November 9-14.

Events will be held at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, on the campus of Case Western Reserve University and at other venues around the city. The campus events are:

"Rock and Roll Night School: A Spotlight on Janis Joplin," Monday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m., at the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, Clark Hall 309. Rock Hall educators Lauren Onkey and Jason Hanley will introduce the life and career of Janis Joplin with a multimedia presentation. This event is free with a reservation. E-mail or call (216) 515-8426 to RSVP.

"Rock and Roll Retrospective," Saturday, Nov. 14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Case Western Reserve's Wolstein Research Building Auditorium on Cornell Road. This conference is a reflection on the career of Janis Joplin and her impact on rock and roll music. The Retrospective is free for students with a valid ID. Participants will include Laura and Michael Joplin, Janis' sister and brother; songwriter Jerry Ragovoy ("Piece of my Heart," "Get It While You Can," "Cry Baby," "Time is on My Side"); singer and songwriter Country Joe McDonald ("The "Fish" Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag"); celebrated authors and journalists Ann Powers, Holly George-Warren, and Lucy O'Brien; former San Francisco and current Sirius Radio disc jockey Dusty Street; and David Barnett from Cleveland's WVIZ/PBS ideastream®. Tickets are $30 (Continental breakfast and lunch included) and are available through Ticketmaster and the Museum box office.

Artists scheduled to perform at the tribute concert later that night at PlayhouseSquare's State Theater include Ray Benson, Guy Clark, Nona Hendryx, Bettye Lavette, Country Joe McDonald, Susan Tedeschi, Lucinda Williams and Carolyn Wonderland. Tickets are $30, $40 and $50. Tickets are available at the PlayhouseSquare box office by calling (216) 241-6000 or by visiting

In addition to these events, an entire schedule of programming throughout the week will highlight the impact Joplin had on music. See the complete schedule.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, November 5, 2009 08:00 AM | News Topics: Alumni, Collaborations/Partnerships, College of Arts and Sciences, Community Outreach, Conferences/Symposia, Events, Faculty, Lectures/Speakers, Staff, Students, news

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