The Blues Foundation's Blues Music Awards Week Takes Over Memphis From May 8th
April 20, 2017 at 12:58 PM (PT)
THE BLUES FOUNDATION’s BLUES MUSIC AWARDS WEEK starts in MEMPHIS on MAY 8th, kicking off a series of events culminating in the BLUES HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY and the BLUES MUSIC AWARDS.
The 38th class of BLUES HALL OF FAME inductees will be feted at a ceremony MAY 10th that will take place at the HALLORAN CENTRE FOR PERFORMING ARTS beginning at 6:30p (ET). Honorees include JOHNNY COPELAND, HENRY GRAY, WILLIE JOHNSON, LATIMORE, AMY VAN SINGEL, MAGIC SLIM and MAVIS STAPLES.
On MAY 11th, the BLUES MUSIC AWARDS will be presented at the MEMPHIS COOK CONVENTION CENTER. Singer SUGAR RAY NORCIA leads this year’s contenders with seven nominations. A complete list of nominees can be found here.
The week’s events begin MONDAY night, MAY 8th, with a screening of the acclaimed documentary "Born in CHICAGO" at MALCO’s STUDIO ON THE SQUARE at 7p (ET). Following the film, legendary CHICAGO bluesman CORKY SIEGEL will offer a Q&A and a CD signing. The next night, he will perform a special “Chamber Blues” concert at LAFAYETTE's MUSIC ROOM with musicians from IRIS ORCHESTRA.
On MAY 10th, the BLUES HALL OF FAME MUSEUM unveils its new exhibit "The ROSEBUD AGENCY and MIKE KAPPUS: 45+ Years Sharing the Music," showcasing posters, photos, tour jackets, award-winning CDs, tour passes and more rare memorabilia from his five decades as a promoter, agent, manager, talent buyer and GRAMMY-winning producer.
On FRIDAY, MAY 12th at 2:30p (ET)., HOLGER PETERSON will sign copies of his new book, "Talking Music 2: Blues and Roots Music Mavericks."
Capping off the week’s festivities will be post-BMA events including a special BMA FEST partnership between THE BLUES FOUNDATION and THE BEALE STREET MUSIC ASSOCIATION on FRIDAY, MAY 12th in which internationally renowned blues musicians, including many BMA nominees, will perform in clubs along historic BEALE STREET.