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Friday, May 15, 2015

NKY Music Scene: Northern Kentucky Music Legends Benefit

Grab the cowboy boots and head to Bobby Mackey's on Saturday, May 16.  This fundraising event will benefit the Northern Kentucky Music Legends. Barney and the Howlers will play at Bobby Mackey's from 8-9:30. Admission is $10. There will also be a silent auction and raffles. Bobby Mackey and the Big Mac Band will go on at 10 p.m. Proceeds will help the cost of awards, promotion, show production and other costs that allow people the chance to have the opportunity to see inductees perform during the ceremony on June 4th at Tower Park in Fort Thomas.

Ken Bowman, who serves on the Northern Kentucky Music Legends planning committee, said, "My role is to reach out to inductees and performers that will be appearing at the main event on June 4th. Mike Grosser (another committee member) and I are responsible for logistics on stage. The importance of the event is to shine a light on the accomplishments of musicians with Northern Kentucky roots that have established actual careers in the music business. It gives a lasting legacy and recorded history of their accomplishments for future generations to learn about."

Committee member, John Mendell, agrees. "It is important that future generations know about the many musicians from our area that have made it in the industry. I was surprised to learn how many people didn't even know that the man who wrote Santa Claus Is Coming to Town was a resident of Northern Kentucky."

Haven Gillespie lived on Third Street between Madison Avenue and Russell Street in Covington, Kentucky. He was the writer of "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" as well as "You Go to My Head", "Honey", "By the Sycamore Tree", "That Lucky Old Sun", "Breezin' Along With The Breeze", "Right or Wrong," "Beautiful Love", "Drifting and Dreaming", and "Louisiana Fairy Tale".

Many of the inductees have played with other amazing talents. Rick Fox has played with artists such as David Bowie, Snoop Dogg, Alan Parsons, The Rolling Stones, Dianna Ross, Ozzy Osbourne and Tom Petty. Mary Ellen Tanner sang on Nick Clooney TV show, and was a regular member of the Bob Braun TV show for many years. Mary Ellen also appeared with Bob Hope, Liberace, Paul Williams and George Burns.

"With so many local musicians that have gained success, we found it important to honor them," Mendell explained.

On Thursday, May 28th at 6 PM, committee members will be at the Fort Thomas Library to promote the  June 4 event and have an in depth talk about the Northern Kentucky Music Legends organization and inductees. No reservations needed to this free event.

"It's a time to tell stories about each member. It's a better option for people that are interested in knowing about the inductees," said Mendell.

The 2015 inductees are The Denems, Gale Watson, Landon Williams, Larry Goshorn, Rick Fox, Mary Ellen Tanner and Tim Goshorn. The event is June 4th, 6-10 pm. Hall of Fame ceremony starts at 6. The concert is from 7-10 pm.


  1. I really want to see these type of legends in my are but unfortunately they don't have any performance in my area. Hope for one with these legend performer.

  2. Northern Kentucky Music Legends Benefit are best organization and help the music talents to show their passion. Hope this fundraising really work according to the desire goal of this organization.