NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSIC CELEBRATES BLACK MUSIC MONTH WITH LEGENDS LUNCH HONORING PATTI LABELLE, KIRK FRANKLIN
The National Museum of African American Music kicked off Black Music Month with the fourth annual My Music Matters: A Celebration of Legends Lunch honoring iconic artists and genres that have inspired generations of vocalists, musicians, and music enthusiasts. The luncheon is held to benefit the Museum’s educational programs.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 1, 2017) – The National Museum of African American Music kicked off its Black Music Month festivities with the fourth annual My Music Matters: A Celebration of Legends Lunch. The luncheon, which is designed to celebrate the contributions of iconic artists and benefits the Museum’s educational programs, recognized legendary singer Patti LaBelle, gospel icon Kirk Franklin, King of New Jack Swing Teddy Riley, and Stax music producer David Porter.
Actor/comedian David Mann served as host, and music executives Phil Thornton of RCA Inspiration and Catherine Brewton of BMI served as co-chairs.
“We are thrilled to recognize and celebrate such an impressive group of African American influencers during this year’s event,” said H. Beecher Hicks, president and CEO of National Museum of African American Music. “The luncheon presents an opportunity to pay tribute to musicians who have had an enduring impact on American culture, and what better time to host such an important event than at the start of Black Music Month?”
The honorees also enjoyed tribute performances from artists Tamela Mann, Kelly Price, Dave Hollister, Mannie Fresh, Le’Andria Johnson, Avery Wilson, and Jeremy O’Bryan.
The luncheon is held to benefit the Museum’s educational programs, such as From Nothing to Something, a series of one-hour workshops that educates students in grades 3-8 about the innovations used to create music by memory, and Sips & Stanzas, a social networking event that provides adults with an opportunity to experience sounds from emerging artists and participate in engaging discussions about American’s music culture.
About the National Museum of African American Music
The National Museum of African American Music is set to open its doors in 2019. It is to be the only museum dedicated to preserving the legacy and celebrating the accomplishments of the many music genres created, influenced, or inspired by African Americans. Being built in Nashville, the Museum integrates history and interactive technology to share the untold story of the American Soundtrack.
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