October 2, 2015 by Jay Minkin
First off is a brand new exhibit titled Graham Nash: Touching the Flame opening on Saturday, October 17th. Nash, a two time inductee who first made a splash with The Hollies and later cementing his legacy with David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Neil Young, narrates an exhibit of his personal collection of how rock and roll has shaped the world and inspired some of history’s most powerful figures. “What I would like you to get out of this exhibit” explains Nash, “is to know, no matter who you are, if you want to open your heart to be able to express yourself, do it with energy, do it with passion.” Pieces from Nash’s heroes and inspirations including the Beatles, the Everly Brothers, Elvis Presley, the Beach Boys, Buddy Holly and treasures from his time with his former bands along with mementos of relationships and connections to such historic world events recall pivotal moments that shaped not only the music, but also the profound impact of the music and world events on him and those around him.
This year’s Music Masters honoree is the great Smokey Robinson, who will be honored the first week of November with several events highlighting The Life & Music of Smokey Robinson. From “Shop Around” in 1960, Robinson was the creative songwriting genius and producer at Motown, not only for his group The Miracles, but writing mega hits for Mary Wells, The Temptations, The Marvelettes, and Marvin Gaye. Smokey Robinson and the Miracles scored twenty-seven pop-soul hits at Motown between 1960 and 1971, including the classics “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me”, “Going to a Go-Go”, “I Second That Emotion”, “Ooo Baby Baby”, “The Tracks of My Tears”, and “The Tears of a Clown” are timeless classics. The Rock Hall inductee will be featured in a keynote lecture “You Really Got a Hold On Me” by rock critic Dave Marsh at Case Western Reserve University, an all-day conference at the museum, and star studded concert at Playhouse Square’s State Theatre.