The Blues Foundation invites fans, musicians and music world professionals to come celebrate the blues during Blues Music Awards Week, which commences in Memphis on Monday, May 8, 2017. Events will take place throughout the week surrounding the main attractions: The Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and the Blues Music Awards.
The week’s events begin Monday night, May 8, with a screening of the acclaimed documentary Born in Chicago at Malco’s Studio on the Square (2105 Court Ave.) at 7 P.M. Following the film, legendary Chicago bluesman Corky Siegel will offer a Q&A and a CD signing. The next night, Siegel will perform a special “Chamber Blues” concert at Lafayette’s Music Room (2119 Madison Ave.) with musicians from IRIS Orchestra. The Blues Foundation is proud to have brokered this partnership between IRIS Orchestra and Siegel to bring chamber blues to Memphis.
The 38th class of Blues Hall of Fame inductees will be feted at a ceremony on Wednesday, May 10. It will take place at the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts (225 S. Main St.) beginning at 6:30 P.M. Honorees include Johnny Copeland, Henry Gray, Willie Johnson, Latimore, Amy van Singel, Magic Slim, Mavis Staples, W.C. Handy’s book, Father of the Blues, and a number of classic recordings, among them John Lee Hooker’s album Real Folk Blues, inducted during his centennial year. A cocktail reception at 5:30 P.M. precedes the induction ceremony, which will include testimonials, video clips, and acceptance speeches. Tickets cost $100 and are available at Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Tickets.
On May 11, the Blues Music Awards will be presented at Memphis Cook Convention Center (255 N. Main St.). Sugar Ray Norcia leads this year’s contenders with seven nominations, with other blues greats to include quadruple nominee Chicago-based guitarist Toronzo Cannon and triple nominees Bobby Rush, Kenny Neal, William Bell, and the Nick Moss Band battling it out for the hotly contested Best Album honors. Festivities kick off at 5:30 P.M. in the Convention Center’s Grand Lobby with a pre-awards party, where some BMA nominees will perform. The ceremony, in the Grand Ballroom, includes more nominee performances, a seated dinner and, of course, the presentation of the awards. Tickets are $150 and may be purchased at Blues Music Awards Tickets.
A complete list of nominees can be found at Blues Music Awards Nominees.
For the complete schedule, go to blues.org/bma-schedule-2017.