The 2019 RI Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is happening this Sunday April 28th. The unveiling of the new exhibits begins at 2PM and the Induction Concert begins around 3:30PM at The Met in Pawtucket, adjacent to the Hall. Both events are open to the public. TICKET INFORMATION HERE.
If you haven’t been to the Hall, it’s well worth a visit. Located in the Hope Mills Complex, the exhibits adorning the walls are an authentic lesson in RI music history.
This week, we honor the new inductees into the RI Music Hall of Fame with a video preview – check out some videos below and then head to the Induction Concert Sunday afternoon.
Grammy Award-winning songwriter Phil Madeira will be joined by his bandmates from Emmylou Harris’ band, The Red Dirt Boys, with Chris Donohue on bass and Bryan Owings on drums. Madeira is a Barrington native who has played with numerous stars in Nashville since the late 1970’s.
Claudia Lennear started her career as a background singer with Ike and Tina Turner. She went on to perform with numerous artists in the classic rock era and released her own album, Phew, in 1974. Check out “What’d I Do Wrong” below. The Providence native will perform Sunday at 5:30.
Neal & The Vipers
Neal Vitullo first formed the blues-rock band Young Neal and the Vipers in 1985. The band was a regional sensation for many years and made a splash on the national scene in the 1990’s after signing with Atlantic Records. They are sure to shake things Sunday evening at 6:30 when they headline the Induction event. Here’s a preview:
Jon Campbell is a RI-based singer-songwriter who sings about the world around him, including his home state. Campbell sings about regional cuisine, tourists, swamp Yankees, commercial fishing, politics, and local history. He pays homage to the Ocean State claiming that 95% of his performances take place “line of sight to salt water.”
Rico Turchetti was a groundbreaking Hawaiian steel guitar player from Providence. He began his career in 1930 playing with The Hawaiian Islanders, a group that toured the northeast. He was among the first to use a foot pedal on guitar, helped build the first pedal steel, and recorded and performed around the world in the 1940’s and 1950’s.
Allan Fox was a music educator for many years and founded The Music School in Providence in 1986. The school merged with the RI Philharmonic in 2000 and grew into the largest music school in the region. The program serves over 1500 students annually.