Not unlike the Barrymores for the music biz, the Philadelphia Music Alliance Awards and its Walk of Fame stars along the Avenue of the Arts signals the greatness that is local music legend.
Tonight, October 22, at The Bellevue Hotel In The Unbound Collection By Hyatt, the entirety of the Philadelphia Orchestra, The Hooters, The O’Jays, Evelyn “Champagne” King, philanthropist Dorrance “Dodo” Hamilton, WMMR’s Pierre Robert and Universal publishing magnate Jody Gerson – locals all – garner the sort of honor that has already been gifted to Jill Scott, The Roots, Marian Anderson, Boyz II Men, Chubby Checker, Jim Croce, Patti LaBelle, Ed McMahon, Teddy Pendergrass, Todd Rundgren, Jerry Blavat and the Soul Survivors.
The Philly Music Walk of Fame was established in 1986 and has so far dropped 147 stars on Broad Street.
While Rundgren will be on hand tonight to gift The Hooters with the award, Blavat and Mayor Jim Kenney did the dedication of seven new plaques to the new music icons at a noon news conference today in front of Dorrance Hamilton Hall at Broad and Spruce streets.
If ever there was an award that is and should be purely Philly, this – like the Barrymores – is a necessary part of the culture and the cultural economy. Plus, the ceremony itself is always a fun way to catch up with a handful of your favorite local musicos.