KANNAPOLIS— North Carolina Music Hall of Fame (NCMHOF) will hold its annual Induction Ceremony on October 17 at 7:15 p.m. The ceremony is presented by BankOZK and will take place at the historic GEM Theatre in downtown Kannapolis, which was recently placed upon the official National Register of Historic Places.
Six are slated to perform live at the event: Kellie Pickler, Shirley Caesar, Mitch Easter, Elizabeth Cotten’s family, David Holt (on behalf of Merle Watson), and the Carolina Panthers PurrCussion drumline. The event is open to the public and all ages will enjoy the ceremony. VIP and general admission tickets may be purchased online at: www.NorthCarolinaMusicHallofFame.org or at the NCMHOF Museum.
Induction night will feature a pre-ceremony VIP reception, live performances, and the acceptance of each induction. Those being inducted this year are: Elizabeth Cotten, Mitch Easter, Big Daddy Kane, Merle Watson and 9th Wonder.
For the first time, the NCMHOF will highlight two past inductees by featuring them along with the 2019 class. Pastor Shirley Caesar and Kellie Pickler have been selected as the 2019 highlights. Both were unable to attend their inductions in 2010 and 2016 respectively, due to unforeseen circumstances.
The NCMHOF partnered with Come Hear North Carolina and the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources for Governor Roy Cooper's proclamation of 2019 as the "Year of Music" in North Carolina. Earlier this year, the 2019 class was announced in a press conference with NCDCR Secretary, Susi Hamilton. This year’s ceremony will be filmed for live stream by the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.
More about the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame:
The primary purpose of the NC Music Hall of Fame is to recognize, promote, and commemorate the musical heritage of the State of North Carolina. Musicians, singers, songwriters, music executives, and producers from all genres of music are honored annually and displayed at the museum. The museum, which is open to the public, is located at 600 Dale Earnhardt Blvd Kannapolis, NC. Admission and guided tours at the museum are free, but donations are always appreciated. The museum is open Monday thru Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The North Carolina Music Hall of Fame is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.