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National Museum of African American Music Announces Legends Luncheon

Inaugural Luncheon to Honor Icons of African-American Music

In collaboration with the Jefferson Street United Merchants Partnership (JUMP), the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) will honor African American music trailblazers at the inaugural My Music Matters: A Celebration of Legends Luncheon on Friday, June 20, 2014 at Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville, TN. The luncheon will serve as the kickoff event for the 14th annual Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival which takes place from June 20-21.

The event will honor African American music icons including The Bar-Kays, Dr. Bobby Jones, Denise LaSalle, Kirk Whalum, and Moses Leonard, Jr.

• The Bar-Kays are a soul, R&B, and funk group that had dozens of charting singles from the 1960s to the 1980s. This year marks the band’s 50th anniversary in show business.

• Dr. Bobby Jones is a Grammy Award–winning gospel musician, television host, and executive producer of several cable television’s gospel music programs.

• Denise LaSalle, also known as queen of the blues, is a blues, R&B, and soul singer, songwriter, and record producer.

• Kirk Whalum is a smooth jazz saxophonist and songwriter who has received 12 Grammy nominations.

• Moses Leonard, Jr. is a guitarist who went by the stage name of Leonard Moses, took-in and performed with a younger Jimi Hendrix and Billy Cox at The Jolly Roger, in Nashville, and at various other locations on the “chitlin-circuit.”

The luncheon has been designed to celebrate the accomplishments of local and nationally known artists who have made a significant impact in the music industry or his/her genre-focus through talent, triumphs, ability and power. The shared purpose of the luncheon is to celebrate music legends and showcase the soon-to-open institution that celebrates American culture as told through African American music.

“We could have never imagined the impact that the My Music Matters campaign would have on the local and national levels. I’m glad to announce this partnered event with JUMP. I believe that this event will increase overall awareness of the contributions that African Americans have made to music worldwide, and in the region,” said H, Beecher Hicks III, president and CEO of NMAAM.

The Legends Luncheon was created to provide an extension of the conversations from NMAAM’s successful My Music Matters campaign. The My Music Matters campaign provides a platform where local and national leaders and influencers to discuss the impact that African American music has had on them as an individual as well as the ways that African American music has shaped the musical landscape of the United States.

Tickets are $75 and can be purchased here.