03 Nov 2011
- Written by Myron Mays
The 15th Annual W.C. Handy Heritage Awards – honoring “Authentic Beale Street Musicians” and observing the birthday of the “Father of the Blues” W.C. Handy –will be held on Nov. 13 at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis at 3700 Central Ave. at 6 p.m.
The Lifetime Music Achievement Award will be presented to soul recording artist, Al Green, with all the awards dedicated to the memory of Rudy Williams, the late “Mayor of Beale Street.”
Also, this year’s event will feature a reunion of all the honorees for the past 15 years. That’s 150-plus “Authentic Beale Street Musicians.”
The other 2011 honorees are: jazz singer Earlice Taylor; R&B guitarist Melvin Lee; blues veteran Robert “Wolfman” Belfour; and soul recording artists, The Ovations. The Memphis Music Legacy Award will be presented to legendary gospel radio personality, Brother James Chambers, and jazz radio manager Malvin Massey of WUMR.
The event is open to the public.
For ticket information call (901) 527-3427.
Don’t forget to join me at Spin Street Music at 3484 Poplar Ave. this Saturday (Nov. 5) from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. as my good friend and recording artist S. Poitier performs live.
Poitier will also be signing CDs and taking questions from the audience. This event is free to the public and will be hosted by me!
Join the National Civil Rights Museum for the 20th Anniversary of the Freedom Awards on Nov. 12 at 5 p.m. at the Cannon Center.
Honorees include Usher, Bill Frist, Hill Harper, Samuel Kyles and Danny Glover among others. Please call (901) 526-1813 for more information.