The City of Norfolk announces the latest inductees and the return of its signature commemorative event “The Legends of Music” on February 26, 2017 at the Roper Theater.
The Legends of Music honors the region’s legendary musicians and influencers who contributed to the world of music. This year, six extraordinary inductees will join past inductees with a star on the Walk of Fame along the 300 block of Granby Street.
The Virginia Arts Festival is producing the event which is set in a 60’s radio station to honor posthumously, inductee Jack Holmes, the first African American disc jockey in Virginia. Holmes gained notoriety in the sixties with his popular early morning radio show. His part will be played by a local entertainer, Lucius Bennett III.
Inductee Margie Day, jazz standards and former lead singer for the Griffin Brothers Orchestra, Day twice reached the R&B Top Ten between 1950 and 1951. Her part will be performed by Tracy Clark, member of the Michael Clark Band. The Michael Clark Band will serve as the “house” band for the event.
Inductees performing live include:
- Gordon Banks, Marvin Gaye’s musical director and band member, voted as one of the 100 top guitarists in America by Rolling Stone magazine.
- Lenis Guess, a singer, songwriter and producer, hailed as a vital part of the Norfolk Sound that made Hampton Roads an epicenter of pop, rock and soul in the 60s and founder of D.P.G. Records.
- Bob Zentz, Norfolk folk music legend and founder of the several Folk music ventures. After cutting his teeth as a songwriter for the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, Zentz returned to Norfolk.
- Adolphus Hailstork, an accomplished music composer and educator, currently at ODU where he is Eminent Scholar and Professor of Music.
Each of the performers will have a medallion placed on the Legends of Music Walk of Fame located along the 300 block of Granby Street. An unveiling of the six new medallions will take place at 6PM prior to the event.
Free tickets are available through the City Clerk and Council offices in Norfolk City Hall by calling 757-664-7850. If you are interested in knowing more about the Legends of Music and Walk of Fame, please visit here.