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PAWTUCKET – With ten inductees in Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017, organizers split the celebration into three separate events with the Jazz and R&B inductions taking place last Sunday at the Greenwich Odeum. There will be two more induction concerts held at The MET this weekend. On Saturday, April 29, at 8:00 p.m., the 2017 RIMHOF Rock Induction Concert – Part I will feature performances by Kristin Hersh, David Narcizo, and Fred Abong of Throwing Muses, Neutral Nation, and Plan 9. On Sunday, April 30, the unveiling of all ten R.I. Music Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017 inductee exhibits will take place in the Hall of Fame museum space at 2:00 p.m. followed by the 2017 RIMHOF Rock Induction Concert – Part 2 featuring Rizzz, Phil Greene, and The Wild Turkey Band / Hometown Rockers, beginning at 3:00 p.m.

The ten Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame’s 2017 inductees are: Artie Cabral, Phil Greene, Dan Moretti, Neutral Nation, Billy Osborne, Plan 9, Frank Potenza, Rizzz, Throwing Muses, and The Wild Turkey Band / Hometown Rockers.

The Unveiling Ceremony for all 2017 RIMHOF Inductee exhibits takes place Sunday, April 30, at 2:00 p.m. in the Hall of Fame itself, located within the Hope Artiste Village complex, 999 Main St., Pawtucket, RI. Both concerts take place in The MET, 999 Main St., Pawtucket, RI and tickets for both the April 29 and April 30 events at The Met are $20.00 in advance and $25.00 at the door.

While the Unveiling Ceremony Is A Free Event, a ticket will be required for entrance to Sunday’s 3 p.m. concert in The Met. Tickets for the April 29 and April 30 concerts can be purchased at themetri.com.

The Music Hall of Fame initiative,” says Rick Bellaire, vice chair of RIMHOF, “provides a great opportunity to not only acknowledge Rhode Island’s musical greats and celebrate their achievements, but to finally have an organization whose primary goal is to promote and preserve Rhode Island’s rich musical heritage in all its forms. With actual exhibit space, coupled with our online digital archive, we have in place the tools to curate and showcase the best of Rhode Island’s musical artistry.”

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.

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 10 displays unveiled honoring the inductees in the museum space located in the hallways of Hope Artiste Village. This year’s induction ceremony on April 30 will see ten more displays unveiled celebrating the 2017 inductees and bringing the total to 53 inductee exhibits produced in just six 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.

For press release questions or bio info contact Russell Gusetti at rgusetti@gmail.com

For inductee interviews and questions about the music archive, contact Rick Bellaire at 401-751-5351 or at mederick1@verizon.net

For general information regarding the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame, call 401-225-8860 or contact Dr. Robert Billington at 401-724-2200 or at bvri@aol.com

For more information, visit www.rhodeislandmusichalloffame.com