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    Editorial: Memphis Music still rocks

    The Commercial Appeal -

    Get ready for a fun evening this week at the Memphis Music Hall of Fame induction concert at the Downtown Cannon Center for the Performing Arts.

    A Memphis Music Hall of Fame finally is hitting the stage. The idea has been percolating around the city for years, but now, thanks to the work of Rock 'n' Soul Museum executive director John Doyle and others, the Hall of Fame is launched.

    Rather than cut a ribbon and invite people to make speeches, Doyle has opted for something a little different to introduce the Memphis Music Hall of Fame: a rocking concert at Cannon Center on Thursday evening.

    The concert, which is open to the public with tickets as little as $30, will feature music and historical highlights from 25 hall-of-fame musicians who have called Memphis home.

    W. C. Handy, Elvis Presley and Al Green are but three of the big names whose music and life and times will be featured on the Thursday stage. Big names in Memphis jazz, blues, gospel and country will be featured too.

    The entire production promises to be a rousing launch of the Hall of Fame.

    And really, it is only the beginning of what can be a big event for music lovers and tourists.

    Yes, 25 musicians will be inducted on Thursday night and their lives and music highlighted. But there are dozens of other Memphis-linked musicians who can fill up the stage in the years ahead.

    And perhaps most important, an entirely new generation of Memphis musicians is out there tearing it up right now and blazing a trail to the Memphis Music Hall of Fame.

    The efforts of the Memphis Music Foundation, the STAX Music Academy, the University of Memphis music department and others make sure that music is not just a part of this city's heritage — but of our present and future.