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Explore Ohio – The Birthplace Of Rock And Roll And Other Great Music

Ohio is home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but there’s a lot more to the state than that famous institution.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is on the lakeshore in Cleveland. Opened in 1995, the center has preserved music history and been in charge of inducting nominees – recipients of the hall of fame award range from ABBA to Lou Reed to ZZ Top. Visiting the hall is a special experience for music fans. Experience the power of rock and roll, see artifacts from the artists’ lives, go in-depth into rap music, learn about the British invasion, and explore the cities which did the most to cultivate rock – from Detroit’s Motown to Seattle’s grunge. If you are in town for a live event at the hall of fame, then you are in for a treat – the stage hosts frequent live music events and special performances.

There’s more to music in Ohio than the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, however. The state has a long history of producing great rhythm and blues singers, and you can find many of them playing in clubs from Cincinnati to Columbus. The state also has four outstanding major symphony orchestras.

Newport Music Hall

Considered America’s longest running rock club, the Newport Music Hall is a 2,000 capacity music venue conveniently located in central Ohio outside of Pickerington. The hall was originally converted into a music venue in 1984 and much of the original décor is still intact.

Many famous acts have performed on the historic stage – Neil Young played the venue's inaugural show in 1984. Still very active, concerts and events are consistently being hosted at the music hall managed by Promowest.

American Classical Music Hall of Fame

Founded in 1996, the American Classical Music Hall of Fame houses a wonderful collection of biographical plaques of each Hall of Fame inductee. The hall, in Memorial Hall, is located in the downtown Cincinnati area known as Over-the-Rhine.

The Hall of Fame honors those who have contributed to American Classical Music. Memorial Hall was built in 1908 as a tribute to the United States Veterans. The 500-seat auditorium in Memorial Hall is home to the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, the fifth oldest symphony in the country.