Chuck Berry has been honored by countless guitarists who came after him, but now he’ll be honored – once again – by the institution of rock’n’roll itself. It was just announced that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and Case Western Reserve University will Berry during the 17th annual American Music Masters series this October.

Roll Over Beethoven: The Life and Music of Chuck Berry, a weeklong celebration, will tell the story of one of the first musicians to be inducted into the Rock Hall during its initial induction year, 1986.

The annual program begins October 22nd, and will feature interviews, panels, films and educational programs throughout the week, including a keynote lecture at Case Western Reserve University. On October 27th, a conference exploring Berry’s impact on popular music will be held at the Rock Hall. The tribute concert featuring Berry himself will be held the same night at PlayhouseSquare’s State Theater in Cleveland. Ticket information will be announced in the coming weeks.

“I’m happy to be honored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum,” said Chuck Berry in a release. “I’m looking forward to reelin’ and rockin’ in Cleveland.” Berry will attend the tribute concert to accept the award and will perform.

Each year, the American Music Masters series explores the legacy of a pioneering rock and roll figure in a range of events that includes museum exhibits, lectures, films, a major conference and a tribute concert benefiting the Rock Hall’s education programs.

– Ryan Bergh, 98.5 WNCX


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