A television special celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Memphis Music Hall of Fame will have its public “world premiere” March 22 at the Orpheum’s Halloran Center.
Set to air at 7 pm March 31 on Circle, a cable network that specializes in music and lifestyle programs, the hour-long “Memphis Music Hall of Fame 10th Anniversary Celebration” will essentially function as “a national TV commercial promoting the city of Memphis and our city’s roster of musicians, who shook the planet and placed our region on the world map,” said John Doyle, executive director of the Hall of Fame, located at 126 Beale, and its nearby sister institution, the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum.
Produced by Memphis-based Spotlight Productions, the television special will feature clips and performances featuring such Hall of Fame honorees and attendees as Jerry Lee Lewis, Justin Timberlake, Keith Richards and John Prine.
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In a statement, Evan Haiman, senior vice president of content for Circle Network, said the Memphis Music Hall of Fame special “reinforces Circle’s commitment to sharing the stories, amazing performances and events within the music industry.” He compared the special to past Circle broadcasts focusing on the Grand Ole Opry and the Farm Aid benefit concerts.
Since 2012, the Memphis Rock Music Hall of Fame has inducted 82 performers, composers, disc jockeys, educators and other music-makers and music champions. Representing rock, blues, rap, country, soul, gospel, jazz, pop and even opera, Hall of Fame inductees include household names (Elvis, Aretha Franklin, BB King) and schoolhouse legends (WT McDaniel, a music instructor at Booker T. Washington and Manassas High Schools).
Hosted by Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris, the premiere screening will give attendees an advance opportunity to watch the special on the cinema-sized screen at the Halloran Center at 203 S. Main. The event begins at 5:30 pm with a reception, with the screening set to begin at about 6.
Tickets are $50, with proceeds to go to the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, which administers the Hall of Fame. The names of this year’s inductees — chosen by a nominating committee of writers, musicians and others — will be announced after the screening. The date for this year’s induction ceremony has yet to be announced.
Tickets for the Halloran screening are available at eventbrite.com.