National TV Special Honoring African American Music Legends Comes to Nashville

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(Nashville, Tenn)- The National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) and Central City Productions (CCP) are partnering to honor six acclaimed honorees and a foundational music label all of whom shaped the landscape of American music. Celebrate the Soul: Black Music Honors is a live television taping on Thursday, August 18, 2016, at the TENNESSEE PERFORMING ARTS (TPAC). Doors opening at6PM and show taping at 7PM. Tickets are $27.50 to $102.50 and can be purchased at www.tpac.org

The two-hour television special will honor legendary African American artists and organizations that have influenced and made significant contributions to American culture.

This star-studded celebration will honor the following music legends: ● Pastor Shirley Caesar ● Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis ● Big Daddy Kane ● Dionne Warwick ● Clarence Avant ● Stax Records Malcolm-Jamal Warner, renowned actor and GRAMMY® award-winning musician, will serve as the show’s host for the event. “As an actor, there were things I wanted to express that I could not, maybe even as a director,” said Warner. “Music has allowed me to develop an avenue of expression that my soul needs, which is why being part of something like Black Music Honors is a phenomenal opportunity. I am excited to participate and serve in this esteemed role.” The night will be filled with live, tribute performances from GRAMMY® winning recording artists Tina Campbell, Ann Nesby and Andra Day as well as Chubb Rock and Stokley Williams. Legendary, GRAMMY® winning groups, The Bar-Kays, The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards and the SOS Band will also perform.

Confirmed presenters include Monie Love along with several others. Giving tribute to music’s rich cultural history in America, CCP and NMAAM join forces to celebrate the lasting legacies of all forms of music, the creative process, the art of music, and the prominence of music history.

About Central City Productions, Inc. Chicago’s premier TV Production Company. With 42 years of successful and innovative television production and marketing experience, Central City Productions (CCP) is a leader in minority- targeted television. CCP is a full service television production company that produces, syndicates, and manages advertising sales for all of its programs. CCP programs reflect the widespread diversity of talent, the one-time specials and the annual and/or weekly programs that have achieved tremendous mass audience appeal.

About the National Museum of African American Music: As the only museum dedicated to all dimensions of African American music, The National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) will showcase over 50 music genres created or impacted by African Americans, honor the legacy and legends of this diverse music and detail the impact music has on musicians and consumers around the world. NMAAM will draw upon a range of music and history enthusiasts to explore and celebrate American music and will tell a story never before told, until now. For more information, visit NMAAM.org, Facebook: theNMAAM or Twitter: @theNMAAM

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