Get Ready to Rock Out in The Land

March 28, 2018


CLEVELAND (March 28, 2018) - The Land of rock 'n' roll is ready to host the 33rd Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on April 14, welcoming this year's class of inductees: Bon Jovi, The Cars, Dire Straits, The Moody Blues, Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. As the city shines in the national spotlight, there's no better time for residents to explore the region's music hotspots, which are sure to hit the right note when showing off the city to visiting family and friends. From can't-miss shows at historic live music venues to rockin' record shops to special events throughout the area, Destination Cleveland suggests that locals get out (and rock out) to experience Cleveland's extensive music scene. 

R-O-C-K in the CLE

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

As part of this year's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, there is a full week of rock-focused experiences leading up to the big event. Residents can begin with Celebration Day at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on April 7; guests can check out live music, including a performance by 2018 inductee Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi and Australian guitar virtuoso Orianthi, a fireworks show and the museum's new Hall of Fame exhibit - all free of charge. Another highlight of Rock Week is the Rock Hall's "Hall of Fame" interview series. Locals can hear from 2018 Inductee The Moody Blues on April 12 or 2017 Inductee Bill Bruford of YES on April 18 as they participate in discussions about their careers.

  • 1100 E. 9th St., Cleveland
  • Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; all other days of the week, 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • For more information on Rock Week, visit

Live for Live Music

Beachland Ballroom & Tavern

Cleveland is home to many eclectic music venues where residents can jam to their favorite bands or discover new artists. At the Beachland Ballroom in the Waterloo Arts District, locals can grab a pint or a quick bite before catching a show. The Black Keys, X and The White Stripes have all performed on the Beachland Ballroom stage, and today, the venue hosts a variety of shows and events each week - from local bands to national and international touring artists like Twin Peaks, Phillip Phillips and Common Deer.

The Grog Shop

If Clevelanders are looking for an intimate concert experience, they can head over to The Grog Shop in Cleveland Heights' Coventry Village. Artists like Fall Out Boy, Wiz Khalifa, Oasis and Bruno Mars have taken the stage at this iconic venue. And for more than 25 years, The Grog Shop has put on a show almost every day of the week, hosting thousands of local, national and even international acts ranging from alternative to indie rock.

  • 2785 Euclid Heights Blvd., Cleveland Heights
  • For more information on show schedule, visit

The Agora Theatre & Ballroom

For more than 50 years, the famous Agora Theatre & Ballroom has been a staple of the Cleveland music scene. It even was the location for the television program, "Onstage at the Agora." The historic venue has hosted numerous rock legends (and Rock Hall inductees) like Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, The Cars, U2, Patti Smith and KISS, and Clevelanders can catch a variety of acts there today.

Mahall's 20 Lanes

Located 15 minutes from Downtown Cleveland, Mahall's 20 Lanes in Lakewood is not an average bowling alley. In addition to 20 bowling lanes, Mahall's has a full-service bar and restaurant and a stage with standing room to showcase music acts. Clevelanders can nosh on fried chicken, sip some soda pop, play a couple games of bowling and jam to some serious tunes without even leaving the building.

Celebrate Rock Hall Inductees

Hard Rock Rocksino

Locals can experience a show from a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee when Ann Wilson of the band Heart performs at the Hard Rock Rocksino at the start of Rock Week. The concert will include a mix of Wilson's solo projects along with classic Heart tunes. Before or after the show, residents can press their luck at some rock-themed slot machines or grab a bite to eat at one of the dining spots in the Rocksino like the Hard Rock Café.

  • 10777 Northfield Road, Northfield
  • Ann Wilson concert: Saturday, April 7, 8 p.m.
  • Rocksino hours: 24/7
  • Hard Rock Café hours: Sunday - Thursday, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. - 1 a.m.

Music Box Supper Club

Throughout the year, Clevelanders can honor Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees when they take in a show at the Music Box Supper Club. Located in the Flats West Bank, Music Box Supper Club offers Clevelanders a dinner and a show experience. On April 13, Chris Allen and friends will pay tribute to past and present Rock Hall inductees; other performances throughout the week also include tributes to Rock Hall inductees like Journey, Van Morrison and Stevie Wonder.

Rediscover Vinyl

Record Revolution

Located in Coventry Village, Record Revolution stands as one of the oldest independent record stores in the nation. Rock stars like The Who, Led Zeppelin and Bruce Springsteen have all made appearances in the legendary record shop, and residents can purchase everything from new and used vinyl to clothing and vintage posters.

  • 1832 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights
  • Monday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sunday, noon - 7 p.m.

Blue Arrow Records

Another way for locals to rediscover traditional vinyl records is at Blue Arrow Records in the Waterloo Arts District. Upon entering the shop, residents should check out the hand-crafted flooring, which is created completely out of vintage album covers. At Blue Arrow Records, Clevelanders can peruse a wide variety of memorabilia like vinyl records, cassette tapes, magazines, books, rock t-shirts and posters.

  • 16001 Waterloo Road, Cleveland
  • Friday and Saturday, noon - 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon - 4 p.m.; Monday - Thursday, closed.

Get Lost in the World of Music

Cleveland Grays Armory Museum

Locals can disco and boogie the night away at the second annual Downtown Disco Cleveland at the historic Grays Armory Museum during Rock Week. Downtown Disco transports Clevelanders back to the 1970s when disco topped the charts, and residents are encouraged to wear their best 70s attire from bell-bottom jeans to floral tops to afro wigs.

  • 1234 Bolivar Road, Cleveland
  • Saturday, April 7, 8 p.m. - midnight.

Bop Stop

Jazz music played a large role in influencing today's rock ‘n' roll sound. To experience some of rock's roots, locals can journey to Bop Stop in the Ohio City neighborhood for live jazz experiences. Part of the Music Settlement of Cleveland, Bop Stop offers Clevelanders a variety of shows from up-and-coming and well-established artists. On April 6, the venue's bi-weekly "Jazz Jam Session" is slated to take place, and locals are encouraged to bring their own instruments and jam along on an open stage. On April 8, the Swing City Big Band will perform tunes from artists like Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald and Billy Joel.

  • 2920 Detroit Road, Cleveland
  • Bop Stop opens one hour before showtime on the nights of shows.

Great Lakes Science Center

Just a few steps away from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, residents can celebrate our nation's diverse music history with the film "America's Musical Journey" at the Great Lakes Science Center. From jazz in New Orleans to blues in Chicago to country in Nashville, Grammy-nominated artist Aloe Blacc traces the roots of American music in the movie, and Clevelanders can experience it in the six-story Cleveland Clinic Dome Theater. The movie is playing now through September.

  • 601 Erieside Ave., Cleveland
  • For more information and showtimes, visit

Severance Hall

Cleveland is the place where the term "rock ‘n' roll" was coined, but its music roots go beyond that of the 1950s. For a classical way to celebrate this year's induction ceremony, residents can catch performances at Severance Hall by the century-old, world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra. The superstars of the classical music world will be performing pieces from different composers including "Beethoven's Fifth" during Rock Week.

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DON'T FORGET: Destination Cleveland's Concierge Team is also available to help residents and their visiting family and friends explore the region. Contact our team through email at, live chat at or stop in the Cleveland Visitors Center (334 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, 44114) Mon. - Sat., 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. to plan your adventure.


ABOUT DESTINATION CLEVELAND: Destination Cleveland is Cleveland's convention and visitors bureau. This private, non-profit organization's mission is to drive economic impact and stimulate community vitality for Greater Cleveland through leisure and business travel. Cleveland welcomes 18 million visitors annually. For more information, visit

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