The Rhode Island Music Hall Of Fame announced on Friday that Throwing Muses, an alternative rock band formed in 1980’s in Newport, and nine other musicians and bands would be inducted into their Class of 2017.

At a Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame press conference held Friday, February 17, ten 2017 Inductees were announced at the R.I. Music Hall of Fame museum space located in Pawtucket’s Hope Artiste Village. 2017 inductees in attendance included Artie Cabral, Dan Moretti, Neutral Nation, and members of Plan 9, Rizzz, and The Wild Turkey Band. Billy Osborne Skyped in from L.A. RIMHOF PHOTO BY KEITH FAYAN

The Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame’s 2017 inductees are Artie Cabral, Phil Greene, Dan Moretti, Neutral Nation, Billy Osborne, Plan 9, Frank Potenza, Rizzz, Throwing Muses, and The Wild Turkey Band / Hometown Rockers.

Throwing Muses, which was formed by Kristin Hersh and her stepsister Tanya Donelly when they were both attending Rogers High School, will also perform during one of the two rock concerts scheduled, joining them at The Met for the Rock Induction Concert will be Neutral Nation and Plan 9.

Robert Billington, Chair of RIMHOF noted, “The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and concerts have become the place to be and be seen at as we continue to showcase the fascinating history of Rhode Island’s musical heroes. The events are a virtual ‘who’s who’ of Rhode Island music history.”

Since 1980 Throwing Muses have released more than 10 records and are currently working on another. The band tours, as time permits. Their most recent tour brought them to the UK, Ireland, Europe and the east coast of the USA.

It was also announced that this year’s induction ceremonies and concert events will take place on three days – April 23, April 29 and April 30 – and will take place at two locations as RIMHOF celebrates its sixth year of operation.

This year’s Jazz and R&B inductions will take place on Sunday, April 23, 2:00 p.m., at The Greenwich Odeum, 59 Main Street, East Greenwich. Being honored on April 23 will be Artie Cabral, Dan Moretti, Billy Osborne and Frank Potenza. Tickets for the April 23 event at the Odeum are $20.00 and will include a performance by all of the inductees 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. Tickets for the Jazz and R&B Inductions can be purchased at www.greenwichodeum.com .

There will also be two rock induction concerts held at The Met on the following weekend. On Saturday, April 29, at 8:00 p.m., the 2017 RIMHOF Rock Induction Concert – Part I will feature Throwing Muses, Neutral Nation, and Plan 9. Sunday’s April 30 event will include the unveiling of the ten new inductee exhibits followed by the 2017 RIMHOF Rock Induction Concert – Part 2 featuring Rizzz, Phil Greene, and The Wild Turkey Band / Hometown Rockers beginning at 3:00 p.m. The Unveiling Ceremony for all 2017 RIMHOF Inductee exhibits takes place at 2:00 p.m. in the Hall of Fame itself, located within the Hope Artiste Village complex, 999 Main St., Pawtucket, RI.

Tickets for both the April 29 and April 30 events 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. Tickets for the April 29 and April 30 concerts at The Met can be purchased at www.rhodeislandmusichalloffame.com. All tickets will go on sale starting February 27.

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 8 displays unveiled honoring the inductees in the museum space located in the hallways of Hope Artiste Village. This year’s induction ceremony on April 30 will see ten more displays unveiled celebrating the 2017 inductees and bringing the total to 53 inductee exhibits produced in just six 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.

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 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.”

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