Local musicians and music lovers alike shared memories with one another at the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame in Pawtucket when ten local artists and bands were introduced as the 2017 inductees. These included jazz and R&B acts Artie Cabral, Dan Moretti, Billy Osborne and Frank Potenza, and rock artists Phil Greene, Neutral Nation, Plan 9, Rizzz, Throwing Muses and The Wild Turkey Band/Hometown Rockers.
This year’s induction ceremonies and concerts will take place over the course of three days, with the jazz and R&B inductions happening on April 23 at The Greenwich Odeum in East Greenwich and the two rock induction ceremonies and concerts on April 29 and April 30 at The Met in Pawtucket. April 30 will also be the unveiling of the inductee exhibits at the Hall of Fame museum at Hope Artiste Village, which including the 2017 inductees now has 53 exhibits.
Rick Bellaire, vice chair of Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame says that he is overjoyed by the “sense of community that musicians around here have,” adding that every year, the board has to make a difficult decision in regards to choosing the inductees, but one day, they’ll get to everyone. “For five years, we’ve sold out every event,” he says. “This year the spread of styles is so big and the acts are so popular that I think we’re going to sell out three events.”