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(MEMPHIS, TN) – We’re just 3 weeks away from the biggest night in blues! Join us for the 40th Blues Music Awards on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at the Memphis Cook Convention Center! Find tickets at the website. Individual Tickets/$150 – Regular Tables for 10/$1,500 – Premium Tables for 10/$1,800 – SOLD OUT – Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (Wed. May 8)/$75


Will Call – Memphis Cook Convention Center

Wednesday, May 8th – Noon until 4pm – Thursday, May 9th – 10am – 9pm


The Blues Foundation offices and Blues Hall of Fame Museum will open at 10am. We invite you to visit the newly installed Bricks for the Blues Walkway at your leisure.

– The Blues According to Arhoolie: 11:30am – 1pm | Blues Hall of Fame Museum, 421 S. Main Street. This newest exhibit in the LRBC Gallery will honor and celebrate Arhoolie Records. Founder Chris Strachwitz will be in attendance to greet visitors and answer questions about the music he produced and promoted through Arhoolie Records.

– Book Signing: Dick Waterman – A Life in Blues, by Tammy L. Turner

1pm – 2pm | Blues Hall of Fame Museum, 421 S. Main Street

Both Dick Waterman and Tammy L. Turner will be in attendance for a short Q & A and to sign your personal copy of this new biography. Books will be on sale in the Blues Hall of Fame Gift Shop.

– Blues Hall of Fame Inductions: Halloran Centre for Performing Arts and Education

5:30pm – BHOF Inductee and BMA Nominee Reception – 6:30pm – BHOF Induction Ceremony

225 S. Main Street, Doors open at 5pm

– Big Llou’s 7th Annual Hall of Fame Tribute Jam: Benefit for Generation Blues

8pm ’til Late | Jerry Lee Lewis’s Café & Honky Tonk. 310 Beale Street


– The Blues and Race, Part 2: 11:30am – 1:00pm | Sheraton Hotel, 250 N. Main Street

The Blues Foundation looks forward to continuing this important conversation about the historical significance of race within the blues genre and what the future holds for the next generation.

Moderated by: Noelle Trent, PhD. (Director of Interpretation, Collections, and Education at the National Civil Rights Museum) Panel Participants: Bobby Rush, Billy Branch, Thornetta Davis, Terrie Odabi, and Paul Benjamin

– HART Fund Musician Health Screenings Noon – 2:30pm | Sheraton Hotel, 250 N. Main Street

The HART Fund, a program of The Blues Foundation, will have doctors, nurses, and other health practitioners on site for a variety of health screenings including but not limited to blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, PSA testing, and vision screenings. The HART Fund will also offer ear molds for custom made professional quality earplugs for all musicians and/or members of the music industry who qualify.

– Recording Academy™ Reception Celebrating the BMAs

1pm – 2:30pm | Sheraton Hotel, Heritage Room – 2nd Floor, 250 N. Main Street

Join the Recording Academy™ and your fellow music makers as we celebrate with food and drinks prior to the Blues Music Awards in Memphis. Learn how you can get involved in the GRAMMY Awards® process, from submitting your current projects for awards consideration to voting. Click here to RSVP.

– 40th Blues Music Awards: Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N Main St.

5:30pm – Blues Music Awards Pre-Event Reception featuring nominee music and the opening of the annual BMA silent auction

7pm – 40th Blues Music Awards to include seated dinner, nominee performances, and the announcement of awards in 25 Blues categories.

* * The Blues Foundation is still collecting items for the Silent Auction. If you have a special item you would like to donate for our Silent Auction, please contact Elizabeth Montgomery Brown at elizabeth@blues.org. * *


– Charter Member Breakfast: 10:30am – Noon | Majestic Grille, 145 S. Main Street

– A Conversation and Book Signing with Alligator Records Founder Bruce Iglauer

1:00pm – 2:00pm | Blues Hall of Fame Museum, 421 S. Main Street

Bruce will speak about his blues career and experiences as told in his new memoir Bitten by the Blues. Copies of the book will be on hand for purchase, and Bruce will be available to sign them.

– BMA Fest: 4:00pm – 9:00pm | Beale Street

Beale Street Clubs will offer blues music into the evening by BMA nominees and other blues musicians of note/ $10 Wristband

– 8th Annual Play-It-Forward Fundraiser: Benefit for the HART Fund and Generation Blues

5:00pm ’til Late | Hard Rock Cafe

Benefit hosted by Andy T’ Band featuring Al Hill and many BMA Nominees and other artists.

$10 suggested donation



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