Cleveland rocks: Presley exhibit, Hard Rock Cafe

CLEVELAND -- When it comes to attracting tourists, this city knows how to rock 'n' roll. Led by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Cleveland musical attractions promise to keep the city's visitor numbers climbing .

One of the new exhibits drawing guests to the Hall of Fame is the Elvis exhibit, which opened Aug. 8 and runs through next summer. The exhibit features more than 100 artifacts, many never displayed publicly before, from Graceland's archives and from Sun Records founder Sam Phillips. It is the largest collection of Elvis Presley artifacts ever to appear outside of Memphis. It includes items belonging to Elvis such as clothes he wore on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1956, a shirt he wore in the movie "Jailhouse Rock," his Gibson J-200 guitar and the suit he wore when he met with President Nixon.

To coincide with the exhibit, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum also is planning a series of special programs, including a film festival, a trivia contest, concerts and a lecture series.

Another attraction boosting Cleveland's image as a rock and roll town is the new Hard Rock Cafe Cleveland. It opened July 2 at Tower City Center downtown. The two-story, 200-seat restaurant features a collection of rock 'n' roll memorabilia from Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees such as Led Zeppelin, The Who and the Rolling Stones. Across the street is a revolving, illuminated, 45-foot-high red Fender Stratocaster electric guitar. It is the only Hard Rock Cafe in Ohio.

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