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The New York Blues Hall of Fame honors legendary, master and great local blues artists from the great state of New York. We have formally inducted artists such as John Hammond, Levon Helm, Johnny Winter to name a few but we also like to keep the focus on the local, in the trenches blues musicians who play their hearts out night after night and give them the recognition they truly deserve.

-- Michael Packer, NY Ambassador

"A great organization that recognizes the working musician for their achievements"

- Prof. Louie (Woodstock Records)

Michael Packer is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was born in New York City in 1950. After doing his first gig at the Bitter End in Greenwich Village at the age of 15, he formed and recorded with numerous groups throughout the late '60s, '70s, and '80s, including Papa Nebo (with saxophonist Bob Mintzer of the Grammy Award-winning Yellowjackets), Free Beer, and Coolstep. He also worked with the likes of the Atlanta Rhythm Section, Johnny Rivers, Dr. Hook, Clifton Chanier, and the Matt Murphy Band.

"The latest album from Bobby Radcliff is his first in seven years and the first filled with all original material. One of the chief exponents of the West Side sound. Although he grew up in Washington DC, Radcliff was mentored in Chicago by Magic Sam, one of the few living guitarists who can make that claim. I was fortunate to see Magic Sam live, and I've seen Radcliff live a number of times, most recently in NYC in March of this year. I can say without hesitation that he is the closest guitarist to Magic Sam I've ever heard."

- Thomas J. Cullen III - Blues Review Magazine (July/August 2011)

"Chris Bergson plays the kind of guitar you can build a house on - it's B.B. meets Steve Cropper meets John Scofield."

- ROLL Magazine

"Upon first hearing guitar man Chris Bergson and his gravely southern drawl, which is a combination of Levon Helm and Gregg Allman, you can hardly believe this guy is from New York City. Imitate the Sun displays an artist dedicated to bringing blues and classic R&B into the future while honoring the past."

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"A Gender Bending Gospel Celebration for The New Thought Generation" Taking traditional sounding melodies and instrumentation, Rev. Yolanda is creating new gospel songs with New Thought lyrics that affirm the God/Goddess within, and embraces the diversity of humankind.

"Hugh Pool's song hark back to the 1960's rock that was steeped in the blues. His repertory extends from rolling-and-tumbling slide-guitar boogies to neo-psychedelic jams to reflective, down-home hymns that recall The Band."

- Pareles (New York Times)

Brian Mitchell

Brian Mitchell is well know in music industry circles and beyond for both his solo career and his high-profile collaborations. He has recorded and performed with some of music's most respected artists, including Bob Dylan, Al Green, B.B. King, Levon Helm, Mary J Blige, Allen Toussaint, and Dolly Parton. He has also released two C.D.'s of his own original music, Songs From The Underground and his latest, Diggin Up The Roots. His extraordinary versatility on piano, accordion, Hammond B-3, various vintage keyboards, plus his distinctive vocal styling have firmly established him as one of New York City's most gifted and sought after musicians.

French Cookin' Blues Band

French Cookin' in a New York-based Blues band. We play a wide variety of styles, all firmly rooted in the blues. Ranging from the Delta to Chicago, back down to Texas and Louisiana "second line", we add our own unique touch to present a new look at this vital American art form. We also play an extensive selection of original titles, presenting the Blues in a more contemporary vein while preserving the essence that is the core of the music.

Irving Louis Lattin

Native Chicagoan Irving Louis Lattin has been living in New York since 1982. He began playing at the age of 13. He grew up with the Blues & Gospel music of Mahalia Jackson, the Staple Singers, Muddy Waters, BB King , Motown, Memphis/Stax and the British Invasion. The list of infuences is endless...

He began writing songs when he was 17 and started playing the piano at 25. Now, at a ripe old age, he is still making the music he loves which is a blend of Rhythm & Blues, Pop & Funk. For the past nine years Irving has been actively writing songs for the Songs of Love Foundation", whose motto is "Music is Medicine". He writes personal (one time only) songs for sick children in hospitals all over the United States. He considers it a blessing to do this work. He has also sung and played in a string of local and national commercials.

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Induction Ceremony Concert
Hosted By The Michael Packer Blues Band

featuring special guests Bobby Radcliff, Chris Bergson, Rev. Yolanda's Old Time Gospel Hour, Hugh Pool, Brian Mitchell, French Cookin' Blues Band, Bert Elliott, Joseph Rosen (Photographer), Irving Louis Lattin, Dave Dawson, Sari Schorr, Ric Frank, Pat Azelby Arochas (Promoter), The Sidney Green Street Band featuring Steve Holley, Mikey G. Merola, Paul Aaronson (Record Collector)
August 4, 2013
Showtime @ 8pm
Doors Open @ 6pm
Tickets $20 in advance, $25 day of show
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