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NYS Blues Hall of Fame Inductions @ Club Helsinki on Sunday

Monday, October 28th, 2013

NYS Blues Hall of FameInduction ceremonies for the New York State Blues Hall of Fame seem to be popping up every couple of months. In the past year, area ceremonies have been conducted at Pauly’s Hotel in Albany (November, 2012), the Orpheum Performing Arts Center in Tannersville (February) and the Saratoga City Tavern in Saratoga Springs (August).

At 2pm on Sunday (November 3), Club Helsinki in Hudson will host the next induction ceremony. As usual, Blues Ambassador Michael Packer & His Blues Band will host the day’s festivities, inducting the region’s top blues artists into the Blues Hall of Fame, which is dedicated to honoring and showcasing legendary, master and great local blues artists from around the world. Tickets are $15.

Here are the inductees for Sunday’s ceremonies:

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Saratoga’s Got the Blues: Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Sunday

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013
The Out of Control Rhythm & Blues Band

The Out of Control Rhythm & Blues Band

Here in New York State, the Blues Hall of Fame has been slowly working its way upstate…

While there have been at least six induction ceremonies in NYC, Staten Island and Long Island since the beginning of 2012, we’re only aware of two inductions upstate during that same time period – one at Pauly’s Hotel in Albany last November and another at the Orpheum Performing Arts Center in Tannersville in February.

And now on Sunday (August 11) – smack dab in the middle of the high-profile track season – Saratoga Springs will host its first Blues Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Saratoga City Tavern.

Hosted by Blues Hall of fame ambassador Michael Packer and his Michael Packer Blues Band, the ceremonies will take place from 2-6pm on Sunday, and many of the inductees are expected to perform. Admission to the ceremonies and performances is $10.

The Blues Hall of Fame inductees in Saratoga Springs on Sunday include:

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New York State Blues Hall of Fame Inductions on Saturday

Friday, February 15th, 2013
 Kerry Kearney and Big Joe Fitz

Inductees Kerry Kearney and Big Joe Fitz

Story by Wanda Callagy

Tickets have been selling quickly for the upcoming New York Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Concert on Saturday (February 16), and Main Street in Tannersville will certainly be lively when the doors of the Orpheum Performing Arts Center open at 7pm.

Inductees include Kerry Kearney, known for his blues slide guitar skills, and Big Joe Fitz, a fundamental figure in keeping the blues on the air with his radio presence in the region. Guitarist Greg Dayton will kick off the line-up of talented musicians performing during the evening. Members and past honorees Bill Sims, Jr. and Sonny Rock will also play. Professor Louie & the Crowmatix will serve as the house band and will also join up with the Greene Room Show Choir directed by Linda Nicholls.

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Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony @ Pauly’s Hotel, 11/11/12

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012
Ernie Williams

Ernie Williams

Albany’s own Ambassador of the Blues, the late Ernie Williams, is slated to be among the first Capital Region musicians inducted into the New York State Blues Hall of Fame on Sunday (November). Williams – who died in March at the age of 87 – and his band members (Rocky Petrocelli, Charlie Vatalaro, Mark Emanatian, Mike Kelley and Steve Aldi) are scheduled to be among the nearly two dozen inductees who will be honored at the awards ceremony at Pauly’s Hotel in Albany on Sunday afternoon.

In addition to Williams, the New York State Blues Hall of Fame – an affiliate of the national Blues Hall of Fame – will also bestow posthumous honors to Steve Katz.

Slated to kick off at 1pm on Sunday, the ceremonies will honor many of Nippertown’s finest blues musicians, including Charlie Smith, George Boone, Mark McKay, Michael Tremante, Luke McNamee, George A. Fletcher, Trish Anderson, Mark Tolstrup, Tom Healey, Scotty Mac and Ted Hennessy.

In addition, several individuals and organizations who have helped keep the blues alive and thriving in the Local 518 will also be inducted, including Troy radio station WRPI-FM and Steve Daub (the station’s “Stormy Monday” radio show host), photographer-writer Robin Murray, concert promoter Jim Anderson and Last Vestige Record Shop in Albany.

Each of the inducted musicians will perform, and the event will be hosted by the Michael Packer Blues Band. Admission is $10.

Here’s the schedule of events for the New York Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Sunday afternoon at Pauly’s Hotel in Albany:

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