Rock & Roll Hall of Fame | It’s Been Said All Along: Voices of Rage, Hope & Empowerment

One of the newest exhibits at Cleveland’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, It’s Been Said All Along: Voices of Rage, Hope & Empowerment showcases musical and visual artists that have created art as a response to unspeakable tragedy and to promote social justice. Artifacts include Aretha Franklin’s Valentino dress worn during her first appearance at Radio City Music Hall, a jumpsuit worn by James Brown and Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power” lyrics. Director of Curatorial Affairs Nwaka Onwusa explained, “we want to show what the power of rock ‘n’ roll looks like in the face of segregation and racism. These artists have stood above all that and done it elegantly.” Visitors can also experience the exhibit online with a virtual exhibit walk-through and an official Spotify playlist. Virtual exhibit walk-through: https://www.rockhall.com/its-been-said-all-along

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSIC PLANS DIGITAL & IN-PERSON EXPERIENCES FOR FALL ROLL OUT

The National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) announced that it will kick off a year-long celebration filled with a variety of digital experiences and limited in-person events. The public will be able to engage and interact with NMAAM through various digital experiences available via the museum’s website and social media channels. The museum is continuing to share the story of the influence and contributions of African Americans on the American soundtrack. The signature From Nothing to Something educational program is now being offered across NMAAM social media platforms, along with other recurring programming such as Sips and Stanzas, the My Music Matters interview series and the Fine Tuning Masterclasses. NMAAM will also soon offer virtual tours of the museum and digital sneak peaks of selected items in its collection of artifacts. The National Museum of African American Music, set to open in fall 2020, will be the only museum dedicated solely to preserving African American music traditions and celebrating the central role African Americans have played in shaping American music. Based in Nashville, Tenn., the museum will share the story of the American soundtrack by integrating history and interactive technology to honor Black musical heroes of the past and the present. For more information, please visit www.blackmusicmuseum.org.

CELEBRATE THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NEW FRANCE FESTIVAL IN QUÉBEC CITY FROM AUGUST 3-7

The 20th Anniversary of the  New France Festival that will take place in Québec City from August 3-7 under the theme “Imagine America”.
The festival will feature over 400 shows, with 200 artists performing in Old Québec, mainly at the Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site, which is designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The New France Festival welcomes over 200,000 visitors each year to rejoice in gastronomical activities, historic reenactments, and take part in historic lectures, showcasing with humor the 17th and 18th century period when Québec was a French colony.

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TRIP OF LOVE: A 60S JOURNEY THROUGH SONG AND DANCE – NOW PLAYING OFF BROADWAY

Are they doing a cha cha? Is it a hustle? It’s a bit of both in a Bossa Nova choreographed to “The Girl from Ipanema” a musical number in Trip of Love, a psychedelic love valentine to the 60s professed in song and dance, which opened Off-Broadway on Sunday. If you, like me, squeal “Oooh, I love that one” when you hear the song “You Don’t Own Me” and “What Becomes of the Broken Hearted” and “California Dreamin’” you’ll be screaming throughout the entire performance of Trip of Love. (If you hear ‘Trippin’ love you wouldn’t be far off.)

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