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Northern Kentucky has a rich musical heritage, but while names such as Rosemary Clooney and Bob Braun are a source of pride (and rightfully so), the depth of local talent and history goes far beyond these two icons.
For example, did you know that we have a former performer with the American Idol Orchestra living in Wilder? Did you know that the man currently playing guitar on Nine Inch Nails’ world tour was born in Covington and played drums at Ludlow High School? Did you know that the first female country singer to be nominated for a Grammy award was a native of Dry Ridge and a graduate of Dixie Heights?
Learn all about these artists and more of our region’s music culture at Behringer-Crawford Museum’s upcoming exhibit, “Northern Kentucky Music Legends” opening Sunday June 2.
“Northern Kentucky Music Legends” highlights artists from Northern Kentucky who have spent more than 20 years sharing their love of music with the public. Some have become internationally known, while others have made their impact locally. This exhibit celebrates the people and places that continue to cultivate the region’s profound connection with music.
The exhibit is a partnership between BCM, the newly formed Northern Kentucky Music Legend committee, and local musicians, high school band directors, music promoters and producers, with the goal of increasing understanding and awareness of local music.
The exhibit will kick off at 4 p.m, June 2, with a ceremony honoring the Northern Kentucky Music Legends Hall-of-Fame inaugural inductees: Adrian Belew, Bob Braun, Rosemary Clooney, Mike Connor, Skeeter Davis, Haven Gillespie, Bobby Mackey, Steve Mendell, Kenny Price, Michael Reilly, Charles Tharp, Gary Winter and the band Strange Brew. A reception and tour of the exhibit will follow the induction ceremony.
Through the summer, BCM will host additional events associated with the exhibit. On July 11, inductees Strange Brew and special guests New Lime will perform as part of the Music@BCM concert series. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with music beginning at 7 p.m. On August 4, inductees will join together at 4 p.m. for an “Open Mic Concert” showcasing the talents that make them legends. And at 2 p.m. on August 25, local high school students will perform at “Future Music Legends Take the Stage.” Admission to all the above events is $5 for adults and $3 for children.
For more information about these events, the exhibit or the museum, please contact BCM at 859-491-4003 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or click here. Behringer-Crawford Museum is open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m-5 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m.