‘Cullowhee Rocks’ to feature famous rock ‘n’ roll photos

The Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University will feature photographs of famous rock ‘n’ roll musicians in the exhibit “Cleveland Rocks: The Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll: Photographs of George Shuba” March 15 through May 12.

The exhibit includes rare concert shots of Jimi Hendrix.

The exhibit includes rare concert shots of Jimi Hendrix.

A free public viewing of the exhibition will take place Friday, March 23, beginning at 5 p.m. in the museum, as part of a weekend of art and music at WCU.

The exhibit’s 40 original black-and-white photographs capture rare concert shots of artists such as the Beatles, Rolling Stones, James Brown, the Who, the Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Dizzie Gillespie, B.B. King, Taj Mahal and others. The exhibition at WCU will mark the premiere of the collection’s 2007-2008 national tour, which will conclude at the Rock and Roll Museum and Hall of Fame in Cleveland in 2008.

Shuba cataloged more than 6,500 negatives of rock ‘n’ roll events and performers in Cleveland, the first or second stop on the musicians’ national tours. “Shuba was always there to capture the moment, and his earliest photographs featured in the exhibit date back to 1964 when he was the photographer for Cleveland’s famous Upbeat Show,” said Martin DeWitt, director of the Fine Art Museum.

For more information about the exhibition and national tour, contact Hillary Brett, assistant curator, at (828) 227-3591 or hbrett@email.wcu.edu.

Also scheduled during the weekend is a performance by the Count Basie Orchestra, the annual WCU Jazz Festival performances and the creation of a new iron sculpture.