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The Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame notes with sorrow the passing of 2013 inductee Thomas “T.J.” Schwartz. The baritone saxophonist was a 38-year veteran of Naked Truth/Steve Smith & The Nakeds and, for four decades, was a beloved figure on the Rhode Island music scene.

For information regarding funeral arrangements, condolences and memorial donations, please visit

Steve Smith & The Nakeds Official Website


The Andersen-Winfield Funeral Home Website

Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame to work with Flickers to add music component to the RI International Film Festival  More (PDF)

Donate to the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame

The Hall is seeking contributions for construction of our museum, development of our musical archive, and to support several local music programs including TUNE IN AND TUNE UP.

To donate directly, or purchase some of our products, click here. The Hall is run completely by volunteer staff so any amount would be greatly appreciate.

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Girls Rock: Ladies Rock Camp, March 6 - 8.

Registration is open for Ladies Rock Camp (LRC), a weekend day camp in Providence, RI that provides an opportunity for ladies 18+ to let loose for a long weekend and play rockin’ music together. It is an intensive, three-day music and mentoring program for adult women. To register or give Ladies Rock Camp as a gift, click here.

inMusic Brands Donates Turntables Allowing Digital Conversion of Songs to the
Hall of Fame

The Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame Archive Committee is very excited about the recent donation by inMusic Brands of several Numark USB turntables. The turntables connect directly to a computer and are used to convert vinyl records into digital files for permanent storage on hard drives and CDs. They will be a major boost to RIMHOF’s Rhode Island music archiving projects in the coming years. Thanks to InMusic Brands for this great donation. InMusic Brands website

Radio Interview: Stream our latest radio interview with Don Culp on WCRI here.

Tavares at Lupos May 3 Induction Concert

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Travel Website: 50 States Series: Top Museums Worth Traveling For - The Flipkey Blog More

R.I. Music Hall of Fame is State's Most Fascinating Museum - Providence Journal May 24, 2014 More

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Click here to review full slideshow from the three days of 2014 induction ceremonies.

View 2014 inductees bios

The Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to celebrating, honoring, and preserving the legacy of Rhode Island musicians, educators and industry professional who have made significant contributions to the national and Rhode Island music scene. The Hall will carry out its mission through the annual election of inductees, creation of a museum of artist and music-related exhibits honoring inductees and commemorating the state's musical legacy, and an online music archive of information about and audio recordings by those involved in Rhode Island's past and present music scene.

In addition, the Hall is committed to continuing that legacy by developing programs and services aimed at promoting and strengthening Rhode island's current and future music scene and ensuring that music continues to play an important role in the lives of all Rhode Islanders.

Eventually there will be more than 100 permanent Hall of Fame displays in Pawtucket's Hope Artiste Village. RIMHOF continues to seek donations and corporate support to produce the permanent displays and to eventually add audio and interactive elements to enhance the visitor experience. Special thank yous goes out to Hope Artiste Village for donating the museum space and to graphic designer Kelly Convery for creating the RIMHOF logo.

As we enhance our website, be sure to read more about the Rhode Island Hall of Fame, and our bylaws and organizational information, While we are building a more robust music archive in terms of content and functionality, there is plenty there now of interest, including information about the earlier efforts that have merged into this initiative, so be sure to visit the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame Archive and a list of inductees from that earlier effort who were officially inducted into the current Hall with our first class in 2012.



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