Eight will be inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame

Eight will be inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame

At a Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame press conference last Friday, eight 2016 inductees were announced in the hall’s museum space in the Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket. In the front row, from left, are Jeff Shore (The Young Adults), Anthony Geraci (the Bluetones), Dan Gosch (The Fabulous Motels), and Ed Vallee (The Young Adults). In the back row, from left, are “Monster” Mike Welch (the Bluetones), Greg Abate, Rudy Cheeks, Raymond “Sugar Ray” Norcia, Michael “Mudcat” Ward (the Bluetones), Bonita Flanders (The Fabulous Motels), Neil Gouvin (the Bluetones), Bill Harley, and Rick Wahlberg (on behalf of Richard Walton). (Photo courtesy of Keith Fayan)

PAWTUCKET – Representatives for the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame announced the 2016 inductees at a press conference last Friday in the museum space at the Hope Artiste Village on Main Street. Members of the RIMHOF board of directors, many past inductees, and fans and family were on hand to welcome eight new inductees into the Hall of Fame. The eight will officially be inducted this spring.

The R.I. Music Hall of Fame’s 2016 inductees are: Greg Abate, Frankie Carle, Bill Harley, Carl Henry, Carol Sloane, Sugar Ray & the Bluetones, Richard Walton, and The Young Adults/The Fabulous Motels/Rudy Cheeks. Those in attendance at this year’s press conference were Abate, Harley, Cheeks and several members of the Young Adults and The Fabulous Motels, and Sugar Ray and the Bluetones. Carol Sloane was unable to attend.

“Our induction ceremony and concert in April has become the place for a ‘who’s who’ in Rhode Island music,” said Robert Billington, chairman of the RIMHOF. “It is the place to be and be seen at as we continue to showcase the fascinating history of Rhode Island’s musical heroes.”

It was also announced that this year’s induction ceremonies and concert events will take place on three days, April 21, 24 and 30, and at three locations, as RIMHOF celebrates its fifth year of operation.

This year’s jazz inductions will take place on Thursday, April 21, at 7 p.m. at Chan’s, 267 Main St., Woonsocket. Being honored on April 21 will be Greg Abate, Carol Sloane and Frankie Carle. Tickets for the April 21 event at Chan’s are $15 and the evening will include inductions and a performance by Abate and Sloane backed by an all-star trio consisting of pianist Tim Ray and 2015 Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame inductees Marty Richards on drums and Marty Ballou on bass.

The 2016 RIMHOF Induction Ceremony and Concert is set for Sunday, April 24, at 2 p.m. at The Met and Hall of Fame itself, both located within the Hope Artiste Village complex, 999 Main St., Pawtucket. Sunday’s afternoon event will include the unveiling of eight new exhibits as well as performances by The Young Adults, Sugar Ray & The Bluetones, and Bill Harley, who will be performing a set of his adult folk music. Sunday’s concert will be preceded by the unveiling of all eight 2016 inductee exhibits. Tickets for the April 24 event at The Met are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. The 2 p.m. unveiling of the inductee exhibits is free and open to the public. A ticket will be required for entrance to the 3 p.m. concert in The Met.

On Saturday, April 30, at 2 p.m., Bill Harley will present a family show featuring music from his award-winning children’s recordings at the Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad St., Cumberland. Tickets for the April 30 event are $6 for children and $12 for adults with a family cap of $36.

Tickets for the April 21 and April 24 events can be purchased at www.rhodeislandmusichalloffame.com starting Feb. 25. Tickets for the Bill Harley family show on April 30, which will be a benefit for the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame, can be reserved by calling Blackstone River Theatre at 401-725-9272.

The Rhode Island 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. At last year’s sold-out induction/concert event, the public saw 11 displays unveiled honoring the inductees in the museum space. This year’s induction ceremony will see eight more displays unveiled celebrating the 2016 inductees and bringing the total to 43 inductee exhibits produced over the past five years. 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 RIMHOF’s annual induction events go toward creating the museum displays, acquiring recordings and memorabilia, and digitizing that collection for permanent online access for future generations. All organizational work has been donated by members of the board of directors and a staff of volunteers.