2016inducteesbEight to be inducted into Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame in the Class of 2016

PAWTUCKET – The Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame (RIMHOF) held a press conference on Friday, February 12, announcing its 2016 inductees. The press conference took place in the RIMHOF Museum space located at Hope Artiste Village, 999 Main St., Pawtucket. Members of the RIMHOF Board of Directors, many past inductees, and fans and family were on hand to welcome the eight new inductees into the Hall of Fame.

pic1The 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.
2016 inductees in attendance at the press conference were Greg Abate, Bill Harley, Rudy Cheeks and several members of the Young Adults and The Fabulous Motels, and Sugar Ray and the Bluetones. Carol Sloane was unable to attend.

pic2Robert Billington, Chair of the RIMHOF noted, “Our Induction Ceremony and concert in April has become the place for a ‘who’s who’ in Rhode Island music. 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, April 24 and April 30 – and will take place at three separate locations as RIMHOF celebrates its fifth year of operation.

pic3This year’s jazz inductions will take place on Thursday, April 21, 7:00 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 $15.00 and the evening will include inductions and a performance by Greg Abate and Carol 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, 2:00 p.m. at The Met and Hall of Fame itself, both located within the Hope Artiste Village complex, 999 Main St., Pawtucket, RI. 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 $20.00 in advance and $25.00 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, 2:00 p.m., Bill Harley will be presenting 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 $6.00 for children and $12.00 for adults with a family cap of $36.00.

Tickets for the April 21 and April 24 events can be purchased here starting February 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 located in the hallways of Hope Artiste Village. This year’s induction ceremony on April 24 will see eight more displays unveiled celebrating the 2016 inductees and bringing the total to 43 inductee exhibits produced in just 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.

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 will 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 Hall of Fame’s inaugural inductees in 2012 were John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band, Roomful of Blues, Dave McKenna, Eileen Farrell, Oliver Shaw, Ken Lyon, Anders & Poncia, and Gerry Granahan.

2013 inductees were Steve Smith & The Nakeds, The Cowsills, Paul Geremia, Eddie Zack & The Hayloft Jamboree, Bobby Hackett, Jimmie Crane, Bill Flanagan, Sissieretta Jones, and George M. Cohan.

2014 inductees were Tavares, Duke Robillard, Cheryl Wheeler, Paul Gonsalves, The Castaleers, The Mark II (Winston Cogswell & Ray Peterson), Freddie Scott, Francis Madeira, and Randy Hien.

2015 inductees were The Schemers/Raindogs/Mark Cutler, Brenda Bennett, Nelson Eddy, George Masso, George Wein, Duke Belaire, Marty Richards, Marty Ballou, Georgie Porgie & The Cry Babies, The Ascots, The Others, Bob Petteruti and Paco Zimmmer.

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