Nine more displays to be unveiled
PAWTUCKET - The Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame last Friday announced its 2013 inductees during a press conference in the Hall of Fame Museum space located at Hope Artiste Village, 999 Main St.
Many members of the hall's board of directors, as well as John Cafferty, Michael Antunes, Peter Andreoli, Gerry Granahan, and Chris Vachon - all members of the Hall of Fame Class of 2012 - were on hand to congratulate Steve Smith, one of nine new inductees. Also joining via teleconference was Bob Cowsill, of 2013 inductee The Cowsills.
The date of the 2013 Hall of Fame ceremony and concert is set for Sunday, April 28, and will be held at The Met and other locations within the Hope Artiste Village complex.
The nine 2013 inductees are: Steve Smith & The Nakeds, The Cowsills, Paul Geremia, Eddie Zack & The Hayloft Jamboree, Bobby Hackett, Jimmie Crane, Bill Flanagan, Sissieretta Jones, and George M. Cohan.
Tickets for the April 28 ceremony are $20 in advance or $25 at the door for the evening ceremony, and $10 in advance or at the door for the afternoon ceremony. Tickets can be purchased at www.rhodeislandmusichalloffame.com starting Jan. 26.
The R.I. Music Hall of Fame, formed in 2011, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating, honoring, and preserving the legacy of Rhode Island musicians, educators and industry professionals who have made significant contributions to both the national and Rhode Island music scene. The inaugural inductees in 2012 were John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band, Roomful of Blues, Dave McKenna, Eileen Farrell, Oliver Shaw, Ken Lyon, Anders & Poncia, and Gerry Granahan.
At last year's sold-out induction ceremony and concert, the public also got to view displays honoring the first eight inductees in the museum space, located in the hallways of Hope Artiste Village. The 2013 event will see nine more displays unveiled celebrating this year's inductees. Eventually, the museum will hold more than 100 displays as well as assorted Rhode Island music history memorabilia and interactive components for visitors to enjoy. All proceeds from the annual ceremony events go toward creating the museum displays, acquiring recordings and memorabilia, and digitizing the collection for permanent online access for future generations.
"This ongoing initiative provides a great opportunity to not only acknowledge Rhode Island's musical greats and celebrate their achievements, but to finally have an organization whose primary goal is to promote and preserve Rhode Island's rich musical heritage in all its forms," said Rick Bellaire, vice chairman of the RIMHOF.
The new phone number for the R.I. Music Hall of Fame is 401-225-8860. For more on the RIMHOF, visit www.rhodeislandmusichalloffame.com .