Rock Hall induction tickets go on sale next month

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment:

l The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony returns to Cleveland this year, and fans will have a chance to watch the ceremony live without paying $3,000 or more for a seat at one of the tables on the floor.

Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 8 through Ticketmaster for the April 14 ceremony at Cleveland Public Auditorium. Rock Hall members will have access to a presale at 10 a.m. Feb. 6, but it’s too late to buy a membership to qualify that presale, which is open only to those who were members by Dec. 31, 2017.

Tickets for the upper level of Public Auditorium range from $90 to $500, and there is a two-ticket limit.

The Rock Hall also will simulcast the ceremonies, which it also does when the event takes place in New York or Los Angeles. It’s the only other place to be able to watch the event live and in its entirety (an abbreviated version will run on HBO later in the year). Tickets for the simulcast are $26 and will go on sale Feb. 15 at

Other activities planned during induction week include a Rock ‘N’ Blast fireworks show, live music and performances at the museum and the opening of its all-new Hall of Fame Experience on level three of the giant glass pyramid.

This year’s inductees include Bon Jovi, The Cars, Dire Straits, The Moody Blues, Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

l WaterFire Sharon has announced the dates for its 2018 events in downtown Sharon, Pa.

The braziers will be burning on the Shenango River on July 21, Aug. 18 and Sept. 22 for the sixth year of the festival, which features art, music and other interactive arts experiences.

The themes for each edition this year will be “Magical Moments” in July, “Everyday Heroes” in August and “Hands Across the Water” in September.

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l After a month of (mostly) brutally cold weather, it’s hard not to look ahead to outdoor music festivals coming up later this year.

The Nelsonville Music Festival, which runs May 31 to June 3 in southeast Ohio, made its first lineup announcement this week.

The Decemberists will headline the festival on June 1 and Ani Difranco will be the headliner on the closing night. Other acts include Alvvays, Kevin Morby, Mission Temple Fireworks Revival featuring Paul Thorn & Band and Blind Boys of Alabama, Middle Kids, Colter Wall, Antibalas, Wooden Shjips, Earthless, Sunflower Bean, Charlie Parr, River Whyless, Twain, Shannon Lay and Counterfeit Madison. For tickets or more information, go to

Cincinnati’s Bunbury Festival, which runs June 1-3 this year, will announce its lineup tonight. Look for the announcement at

A little later in the year and a little farther away is Forecastle in Louisville, Ky., on July 13-15. Nightly headliners will be Chris Stapleton, Arcade Fire and Modest Mouse, and the lineup also includes a few personal favorites — Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Courtney Barnett, The War on Drugs (featuring Youngstown native Anthony LaMarca) — as well as Houndmouth, Father John Misty, Vance Joy, Jimmy Eat World, Kurt Vile and Violators, T-Pain, Jenny Lewis, Margo Price, Punch Brothers and Lucero.

Tickets are on sale now at

One of the first area summer fests to announce its 2018 lineup was LaureLive, which will be held June 9-10 on the grounds of the Laurel School in Russell Township.

It’s bringing Foster the People, Fitz & the Tantrums, X Ambassadors, Daya, The Record Company, Lauv, Red Wanting Blue, Lights, Noah Gunderson and more on June 9. Brandi Carlile is the headliner on June 10 and will be joined by Cold War Kids, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Rag’n’Bone Man, Twiddle, Arizona, The Aces, Magic Giant and Lewis Capaldi.

Ticket information can be found at

Andy Gray is the entertainment writer for the Tribune Chronicle. Write to him at