The mood was festive Sunday afternoon at The Met in Pawtucket where the RI Music Hall of Fame held its 8th annual induction concert. Six new members were inducted into the Hall and three of those performed in the concert that followed.
Barrington native and Nashville singer-songwriter Phil Madeira opened, and along with his trio played several songs from his recent album Providence. He was followed by legendary background singer Claudia Lennear, who shared a few songs including the Bill Withers classic, “Lean on Me.” Next, 2019 inductees Neal and the Vipers turned up the volume with an inspired set of rock and roll, just like they’ve been doing since they formed in mid-1980s.
The day began with the unveiling of exhibits in the main hall of the Hope Artiste Village. The concert also included the formal induction of each performer, as well as those inductees not in attendance. Other honorees included Jon Campbell, Alan Fox and Rico Turchetti.
Special guest Taj Mahal attended the festivities, along with several former inductees including Steve Smith and Mark Cutler. Good vibes prevailed, with great music front and center. WhatsUpRI photographer Rick Farrell was there to capture it all.