In conjunction with Depot Days this year on September 28, the Newport Area Chamber of Commerce and The Newport Business Resource Center announce a “Preview” of The Rock n’ Roll Highway 67 Museum.
The event will be held from noon until 4p.m. during Depot Days in order to allow the public the opportunity to peruse the extensive exhibits which are on display at the facility. All citizens are welcome to enjoy the showing on the second floor of the Resource Center located at Second and Hazel streets in downtown Newport.
The museum has been compiled from vintage photos, posters, and musical instruments. The exhibits display the unique history Jackson County enjoys as a true location of the first flowering of Rock n’ Roll live performances. Those performances took place in the nightclubs and roadhouses lining Highway 67 from 1955 through the early 60’s when the music genre was in its’ infancy. Early Rock pioneers including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Sonny Burgess and Billy Lee Riley all got their start playing the venues along the highway . The history of Rock music in Jackson County has been the subject of documentaries produced by the Arkansas Parks and Tourism Department. Highway 67 as well as the local museum have been recognized by the Legislature and Governor’s office as worthy of preservation as unique destinations for tourists and music fans in general. Visitors from all over the Country as well as Europe have already found the Museum through the internet. Local residents are invited to come and discover the display of true Rock n’ Roll memorabilia Newport has compiled. The goal of Museum organizers is to give music lovers and historians an education about Jackson County’s role in the history of Rock n’ Roll. The sounds which originated in this part of the Country are widely recognized as inspirations for later generations of rock legends including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Bruce Springsteen and many more. Again, the museum will be open to the public during Depot Days on Saturday, September 28, from noon until 4:00 p.m. at the Newport Business Resource Center located at Second and Hazel Streets. Admission is FREE! For more information regarding this event contact Julie Allen at 870-523-3618.