On Wednesday night, June 15, fans, musicians, and friends and family came out to The Big Chill in Hot Springs, Arkansas to support the 2016 inductees to the Arkansas Blues Hall of Fame. With a standing-room only crowd, many musicians participated in the open blues jam while celebrating the legendary musicians recognized during the evening.
2016 Arkansas Blues Hall of Fame inductees included guitarist Danny Smith, keyboardist/vocalist Mike Fraz, and harp player Greg Batterton. During the evening, the Batterton family accepted the certificate on behalf of Greg Batterton while also remembering the musician for his amazing talents and contributions made to the blues music genre.
Many tears of happiness continued to fill the room as the evening progressed. As presenter and musician Mike Dollins announced the induction of The Big Chill as the "Great Blues Bar," owner Gina Parks was more than accepting of the generous acknowledgment for her fantastic establishment.
President Mary Melton accepted the certificate on behalf of the Spa City Blues Society as the non-profit organization was inducted into the 2016 Arkansas Blues Hall of Fame for being the "Great Blues Society of Arkansas."
Editor's note: The Arkansas Blues Hall of Fame is not related to the Blues Foundation's Blues Hall of Fame.
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