Minneapolis, MN (WiredPRNews.com) The 20th MBMA Awards on July 15th at the Pantages Theatre will benefit the Northside relief efforts. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to support the survivors of the tragic tornados that occurred in May. Program founder and producers Pete and Kim Rhodes said, “The 2011 MBMA program is honored to join the community to support the Northside community relief efforts and celebrate the 31st anniversary of the artist’s music and contributions to our arts, culture and diversity of the twin cities music community”.
The awards will salute one of R&B music most versatile singers Alexander O’Neal. Other recognition will be presented to Rhymesayers Entertainment, Next, The Bennett Family (Marie Graham, Ann Nesby, Jamecia and Paris Bennett), Bobby Lyle and Irv Williams. Additional awards will be presented to art industry and community leaders.
The Minnesota Black Music Awards program returns Friday, July 15th 8:00pm to the Pantages Theatre. Tickets are available at TicketMaster and the State Theatre Box office.
The Awards master of ceremony is Singer/actor T. Mychael Rambo. Performers include Darnell Davis & The Remnant, Boom Box, Toki Wright, fDeluxe (formally The Family), Kredentials, Diva’s on the Rise featuring Chantel SinGs, Laura Bell, Margeaux Davis and Ashley Dubose. Special guest cameos performances from Alexander O’Neal, Auburn, Bobby Lyle and Next.
Members of the National R&B group, Mint Condition and Next will chair an 11:00am free music symposium at Seven Restaurant in downtown Minneapolis. The workshop features industry mentors discussing artist management, finances, health, production and marketing. A VIP red carpet event will open the evening at 7:00pm followed by the MBMA all-stars post party following the awards show July 15th at Seven Ultra Lounge Sky bar.
Visit The Minnesota Black Music Awards official website at
www.blackmusicamerica.com for event schedule and information.