Cleveland, Ohio. Home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum...
Bet you didn't see that coming, yeah me either. You're also probably asking yourself why the hell is that there? I asked that too, don't worry, I’ll tell you… eventually. You just have to read all this first ;) I know you will just skip to the end to find out why the museum is in Cleveland, but I’m going to tell you about my trip anyways!
To begin, upon Landing in “The Land” I saw one of the most stunning sunsets in a long time. The sky was a dreamily pink and purple perfect “cotton candy sky.” I knew this was going to be a good trip if this is how it was going to start off! The weather was cold, but not too cold. Coming straight from New York, I think I had some time to get used to the cold. We hopped in our Uber from the airport and took off to our hotel. We stayed at the Kimpton Schofield Hotel.
Side note, I love staying at the Kimptons, they have done so much for us and we have stayed in so many I always feel like I am staying at my home away from home. PLUS, they have a ‘social hour’ from 5-6 every night with wine and light snacks, like how cool is that! You get to socialize with real people during this hour and not your phone! I mean you could just drink the wine and be on your phone, but that’s not the point of this. The point is to eat, drink and be merry J
Anyways, back to Cleveland and to WHY we were there in the first place. You guys all know, or most of you know anyways that Casey was on tour for about two years with Machine Gun Kelly taking photos and just documenting every part of his life basically. While Casey was on tour a lot of times, I would come see him and go to the shows and get to experience a bit of what he did on the road. It was why I got to travel a lot in the earlier days. I also worked for an airline for a bit too, so that’s how I could see him quite often... anyways I am getting off track. We came to Cleveland to see Machine Gun Kelly play his first SOLD OUT Arena show (with him as the headliner)! Kells (what most people call him) is from Cleveland so that’s why the show was there. We came out to show our support for him, the band and of course for Casey to get some epic pictures! They played their freaking hearts out, I swear if you have never seen Kells preform before it is pure entertainment. He gets the crowd going! I remember watching him perform at KAABOO this year and listening to the older crowd say, “who is this fella, I like him!” It is so amazing to see him blossom into this amazing performer and see everything that he has accomplished in the last few years. He also has a pretty cool fan base, it was cool to see everyone sing along and just dance their hearts out. Even when he would talk about some hard times he has had in his life, I noticed a few girls just crying right along with him. I think it’s so amazing that he’s created a community where his fans can feel so connected to him. I’m so so so glad we got to come out to see him and experience this with him and the band and also everyone who has helped him along the way.
Aside from seeing the concert, we went to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Sorry, you’re going to have to keep reading if you want to know why it’s in Cleveland. ;p I was especially excited about seeing this. I love learning about things, just like Kylie Jenner loves realizing things.
I’ll give you a brief rundown on the museum, the rest I’ll leave up to you to go see.
Basically, if you’re cool you get in, if not you have to wait till someone thinks you’re cool, usually, by then it’s too late. JUST KIDDING, that was rude!!
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation was born in 1983 after the leaders in the music industry came together to help recognize the contributions that many people have made to Rock and Roll to make it what it is today.
Most performers are allowed to be inducted into the museum 25 YEARS after the release of their first recording. So, there was, of course, The Beatles, Elvis, The Beach Boys and Led Zeppelin. The Classics that you would assume would be in there, even some that you wouldn’t expect like Bob Marley.
I personally liked the Elvis exhibit the best. I only know a small bit about Elvis, just that he can move his hips and he’s a hunk-hunk-hunk of burning love. After watching a quick video about the king, I felt like needed to know more about him. I could see his full evolution leading to a downhill spiral in that quick video, it was depressing and intriguing all at the same time.
However, I was quickly distracted by the fact that we had a whole other museum to check out still. You don’t really stop and think about all the influences that people had on one another back then. It’s cool to see how bands performed and dressed and to see that’s how we dress now and how a lot of our current music is influenced by musicians such as James Brown and Ray Charles.
Even our fashion is influenced by music. I loved seeing all the actual outfits that many artists actually wore. I tried to image what they were doing in that outfit (aside from performing, weird, I know ha-ha). But it’s so cool to see that up close!
There was so much to see here, we spent a good few hours in the Museum just learning different things about our favorite performers and fun facts, WHICH LEADS ME TO IT! You want to know why the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is in Cleveland, Ohio?!!
I’LL TELL YOU: ALL BECAUSE of a man named Alan Freed, a disc jock (aka DJ for you young folks) coined the term Rock and Roll and guess where he is lives, CLEVELAND OHIO. SO that is why it is there. Glad you read all this for that huh!?! J (I am ha thanks for reading, even though I know you skipped to this part)
It’s a good place to spend a few hours with the kids and make them learn real music so that we can have it back in the world, please, I beg of you! I’m tired of all this DJ stuff! :)
BUT ANYWAYS, ONE other thing that we got to do in Cleveland was PLAY IN THE SNOW! I know, I know, it’s not really a big deal. WELL when you live in California and think hail is snow, then yes, it’s a big deal. I was expecting snow in New York but never got that! So, this was great! Great until I realized how freaking cold snow really is. I was not prepared for it. I had a big warm jacket and some ear muffs to keep me warm but that only goes so far! I bought gloves from Wally world thinking these should be fineeee. YEAH NO. APPARENTLY, snow melts and makes your hands wet, even with my gloves which I now realized were not waterproof, so thank god, I came back with all my fingers intact :) because it was cold AF.
Cleveland was a pretty city and I am glad I got to experience it all at its finest. I don’t think I will go back, but you never know I said the same thing about Japan and now I am considering going back again.
So, THANK YOU CLEVELAND AND GOOD NIGHT! (Insert Rock and Roll hand emoji)