On November 6 at 7 p.m., The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Memphis will once again be filled with Memphis music legends, contemporary up-and-comers and a host of national touring artists who’ll descend upon the Bluff City to pay tribute to this year’s Memphis Music Hall of Fame Honorees.
The 2014 inductee list is diverse as ever, with jazz pianist and composer Lil Hardin Armstrong, Stax Records and Ardent Studios executives Al Bell and John Fry, bluesman Furry Lewis, power pop icons Big Star, legendary rock’n’roll pioneer Carl Perkins, folk rocker Jesse Winchester, Hi Records artist Ann Peebles and the architect of the American Studios sound, Chips Moman. The festivities will reflect that diversity, with a full evening packed with top-notch musical performances and tributes.
Highlights of the evening will include a tribute to Ann Peebles by GRAMMY® and Rock’n’Roll Hall of Famer Sam Moore of legendary soul recording group Sam & Dave; a tribute to the late Jesse Winchester by six-time CMA Musician of the Year Mac McAnally; Queen of the Blues and Blues Hall of Famer Denise LaSalle paying tribute to Carl Perkins; multi-platinum recording artist and Grand Ole Opry member B.J. Thomas paying tribute to Chips Moman; a performance by Big Star revival members Ken Stringfellow of R.E.M. and Jon Auer of The Posies alongside the only remaining original band member Jody Stephens to celebrate both Big Star and the induction of Ardent Studios founder John Fry; William Bell and Al Kapone fresh off the success of their documentary film Take Me to the River honoring former Stax Records chief Al Bell; and much more. Additional special guests will be added and announced as the show date nears.
The induction ceremony will be produced for the second year in a row by Royal Studios owner and studio manager Boo Mitchell, son of legendary Hi Records producer and Hall of Fame inductee Willie Mitchell. For the show, he will bring back the inimitable Hi Rhythm to serve as house band for the evening.
“No other city could bring together such an incredible roster of musicians and honor them within a Hall of Fame,” said John Doyle, Executive Director of the Memphis Music Hall of Fame and the Smithsonian-developed Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum. “These incredible Memphis musicians and producers literally changed the world. The city which they placed on the world map through their music is obligated to sing their praises and pay them the respect to which they are each individually entitled.”
Tickets are available for purchase through Ticketmaster.com, or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are $50 per person, or $100 per person for Gold Circle seating which also includes attendance to the post-concert VIP reception (these seats are very limited). Tickets are inclusive of Ticketmaster fees. The ceremony will begin promptly at 7 p.m. Additional information is also available by contacting Pam Parham at the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum at (901) 205-2530 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2014 Inductees join 38 previous inductees, including B.B. King, Elvis Presley, Sam Phillips, Otis Redding, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Howlin’ Wolf and other world-changing musicians, bringing the total number of inductees to 47.
The Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum administers the annual Memphis Music Hall of Fame announcement and induction, in cooperation with Memphis’ many music organizations and attractions. This is the third year that icons of Memphis music have been inducted. Each year, inductees are honored and celebrated through their own dedicated tribute page on the Memphis Music Hall of Fame’s award-winning web site (www.memphismusichalloffame.com), and each receives the Mike Curb Award, a locally hand-crafted trophy and the official award of the Memphis Music Hall of Fame.
The Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum is located at 191 Beale Street at FedExForum, and was researched and developed by The Smithsonian Institution. The museum is open daily from 10 am until 7 p.m. A tangible Memphis Music Hall of Fame exhibit and museum is now under construction at Second Street and 126 Beale, scheduled to open in Spring, 2015, and shared with Hard Rock Café and the new Lansky’s Bros. Clothiers. For more information about the Memphis Music Hall of Fame, visit www.memphismusichalloffame.com. For more information about the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, visit www.memphisrocknsoul.org. For more information about the new Hard Rock location, visit www.hardrock.com.