Monday, May 16, 2011

Rock & Roll Spring Benefit Concert: Women Who Rock (5/14/11)

Saturday night the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame held their Spring Benefit Concert honoring Women Who Rock, the new exhibit at the Museum.  While this was a big ticket fundraiser for people on the floor, they opened up this show for everyone at a $20 ticket price.  Quite a bargain for seeing some legends on stage. (note from the photos, I wasn't in the high-priced section)

Women Who Rock: Spring Benefit Concert

The show was a little hodge-podgey, but overall a great experience.  Opening was the venerable Wanda Jackson, who's most recent work was produced by Jack White of the White Stripes.  She was saucy and still sounded great after all these years.

Wanda Jackson (5/14/11)

A couple guys took the stage as well, Curt Smith from Tears for Fears and Chuck Jackson.  However, this night was really about the women.  Mavis Staples followed up with an electric performance.  Her most recent album was produced by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, so these women are really enjoying a little resurgence - and rightfully sow.  Here she is joined on stage by Cyndi Lauper covering The Band's The Weight:

Then Darlene Love took the stage, once again sounding great.  Props for the "Rock Hall House Band" made up of band members from some great bands, including Billy Joel, Joan Osborne and others.

The night ended with an energetic Cyndi Lauper commanding the stage.  She ran through some of her hits, but as with all performances, was a little abbreviated.

Overall the night was a success, though peppered with a few sound problems and some required fundraising.  Another star of the night was Cleveland's Public Autiorium.  I can't believe I've been in this town and seeing shows for 10+ years and this is my first time in that place.  They need to bust the doors open on that place.

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