Some tickets remain for Alabama Music Hall of Fame banquet

Ticket sales for the Alabama Music Hall of Fame’s Induction Banquet and Awards show have been brisk, but there are still a few tables and individual tickets left.

The event is Feb. 3 at the Marriott Shoals Conference Center.

The hall of fame will induct the late folk singer and civil rights activist Odetta Holmes, the late songwriter and session musician Eddie Hinton, singer/songwriter/producer Walt Aldridge, and singer/songwriter/guitarist Mac McAnally.

Aldridge, a former member of the popular country band The Shooters, teaches music business courses at the University of North Alabama. McAnally is a seasoned session musician and a member of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band.

According to hall of fame board member Judy Hood, tables for 10 people are available for $2,500 to $5,000. There are also individual tickets available in the rear of the venue for $150 each. Dinner is included in the ticket price.

“Community support for the event has been strong and we are excited about that,” Hood said. “The main ballroom will hold 65 tables. As of Friday, there are 15 tables remaining. We have 30 individual tickets left. Ticket sales have been brisk, and we expect to sell out by late next week.”

Once all tables are sold, Hood said organizers will immediately get to work on the seating chart.

In addition to Aldridge and McAnally, this year’s entertainment includes 2016 inductee Chuck Leavell, former keyboardist for the Allman Brothers Band and current keyboardist for the Rolling Stones. Leavell was on tour with the Stones and could not attend the 2016 induction banquet.

Country artist Jamey Johnson, who is originally from Enterprise, will perform, along with blues guitarist Guy Davis and Alabama native Taylor Hicks, the winner of the fifth season of “American Idol.”

Hall of fame Manager Dixie Griffin said soul/rhythm and blues artist and hall of fame inductee Clarence Carter is scheduled to perform.

Griffin said Carter told her he planned to perform his 1970 hit “Patches” as a tribute to the late FAME Recording Studios founder Rick Hall, who died Jan. 2. Carter recorded many of his early hits at FAME.

The house band will be a group of Muscle Shoals music all stars, many of whom played on hundreds of hit records recorded in the Shoals.

Shoals singer/songwriter Mark Narmore will serve as this year’s emcee.

“This is shaping up to be the best show ever,” Hood said. “It’s a hot ticket, and we believe that is one reason why ticket sales have gone so well.”

The banquet begins with a reception in the atrium at 6:30 p.m. Dinner begins at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.

For information, or to purchase tickets, call 256-381-4417.

Alabama Public Television will be recording the event. It will air in the spring on APT, Hood said.

“We’re glad that is happening so that people who don’t attend the show will get a chance to see these amazing performances,” she said.

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