Richie Sambora kicks off Rock Hall induction week at free event

CLEVELAND -- The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will kick off a week of events ahead of the induction ceremony with a concert.

Rock Week started Saturday with Celebration Day! Admission was free to the event.

Founding member of Bon Jovi and 2018 inductee Richie Sambora performed on the outdoor stage. He played as part of RSO, his collaboration with Australian guitarist Orianthi.

"It’s going to be a big week at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” Sambora said in a news release. “I am honored to be kicking it all off with the wonderful people of Cleveland."

Celebration Day started at noon at the Rock Hall. It featured musical acts, including Akron's Wesley Bright and the Honeytones, as well as family activities and food from B-Spot. There's a 9 p.m. fireworks show followed by a dance party.

It was also announced Saturday that a portion of the proceeds from the 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductions will go to establish a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Scholarship at Cuyahoga Community College. The three-year scholarship will provide financial support for two students.