Rock Hall Event With Former Joan Jett Guitarist Ricky Byrd Focuses on Addiction & Recovery

Photo by Jeff Smith

Sat 7/14 @ noon-4PM

With Ohio one of the states hardest hit by the opioid crisis, it’s fitting that former Joan Jett & the Blackhearts guitarist Ricky Byrd, who has made something of a second career of being in recovery (since 1985), will be appearing at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum to play some music, tell some stories and share information he’s picked up during his journey.

His latest album Clean Getaway is a collections of songs that deals with the process of addiction and recovery. It shares a name with his nonprofit organization Clean Getaway.

He’ll be joined at the Rock Hall by fellow musicians Michael Des Barres of Power Station, Bill Joel drummer Liberty DeVitto, drummer on over 150 million records sold and a part of Billy Joel’s recording and touring band, and studio bassist Paul Ill. The quartet do a “songwriters circle” type session, as they talk about songwriting and play songs about addiction and recovery at noon.

In addition, there will be a short performance by Akron’s Millennial Theatre Project called (In)Dependent: A Heroin Story at 2pm, a mindfulness session with Dawn Witt Schroeder at 2:30pm, and live music by the Labra Brothers on the PNC Rock Hall Live Stage at 3pm.

The event is free.

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