Friends of Rentiesville Blues, Inc., have announced seven music legends to be inducted into the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame (OBHOF). This year’s inductees include James Peterson, Johnny Rawls, Earnest ‘Harmonica Slim’ Carr, John Seymour, Freddy Lee Rice, Jim Donovan and Norman Stauffer as Blues Educator.
The induction will take place during the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Concert Saturday, May 28, at the Blues Club / D.C. Minner Museum in Rentiesville. Freddy Lee Rice and Norman Stauffer are scheduled to perform along with past inductees Miss Blues, Selby Minner, Bucky Young, Wolfman Black and Leon Rollerson. A barbeque dinner will commence at 7:00 p.m. followed by live music with the inductions being announced throughout the evening.
“Keeping the Blues Alive” awards will go to Larry Shaeffer, owner of Cains Ballroom in Tulsa and presenter of the Tulsa Blues Festival for several years, as well as Donald Robey, founder and owner of Peacock and Duke Records in Houston, recording over 100 Oklahoma and Texas blues and gospel artists.
The Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place in Rentiesville, the childhood home of famed blues guitarist D.C. Minner, who founded the OBHOF in 2004 with his wife, Selby Minner. This year’s ceremony will bring the number of inductees near 100. D.C. Minner is also an inductee of the Rhythm & Routes Oklahoma Music Trail. Visit the Rhythm & Routes website to learn more about the places in Oklahoma that inspired his career, listen to his music and browse an online collection of photos and videos.
“The Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO) is thrilled for the continued success of the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame and the celebration of the 2016 inductees,” said OF+MO Deputy Director of Music Lindsey Flowers. “As an honoree on the Rhythm & Routes Oklahoma Music Trail, D.C. Minner has brought national attention to Oklahoma’s legendary blues music culture and this year’s Blues Hall of Fame celebration this Memorial Day weekend in his hometown of Rentiesville will continue to honor his legacy.”
Tickets for this event are $10 at the door. Attendees must be 21+. For more information, please visit the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame.
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Created in 1979, The Oklahoma Film + Music Office strives to share all that Oklahoma has to offer by welcoming filmmakers and music professionals to the state and by creating a network of support to develop Oklahoma’s film and music industries. For more information about the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program or the Oklahoma Film + Music Office please visit www.okfilmmusic.org.