MYSTICAL – Emmy Award-winning composer Brian Keane, musician Kenny Dutton, musical engineer Ken Lyon and the late Joseph Firecrow, a Grammy-nominated Indigenous musician, will be inducted into the New England Music Hall of Fame on Saturday in a ceremony called “The United Gathering”, which is scheduled to take place at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Mystic at 7pm.
The ceremony is sponsored by the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame, an organization whose goal is “to harmoniously unite Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples through music,” according to a statement by western native Christopher Annino, a filmmaker who will serve as master of ceremonies.
Special presenters will include Angel Orsini, fitness model Joy Nash, Nikki Moccia, US Navy veteran and actress Andrea Abella Marie and Hall of Fame drummer Bobby Torello of the Johnny Winter Band.
The New England Music Hall of Fame All Star Band, whose members include Paul Gabriel, Sister Funk, Steve Daggett and Bob Orsi, will perform.
“The mission of the New England Music Hall of Fame is to educate, unite, promote and preserve the integrity of the New England music scene and the people who represent it,” said Annino.
This year’s inductees will join “New England legends like Muddy Waters, James Cotton and James Montgomery and Duke Robillard of Rhode Island,” Annino said in the statement.
A portion of the proceeds from the evening’s event will be donated to Honoring Indigenous Veterans, he said.
“There will also be a food drive to help those in need during the holiday season,” he said, and guests are asked to bring non-perishable food or a good canning.