Behringer Crawford Museum

Northern Kentucky Music Hall Of Fame Inductees To Be Honored

Behringer-Crawford Museum in Covington, Kentucky

Behringer-Crawford Museum

A guitarist from King Crimson.  The owner of an allegedly haunted country music nightclub.  The man who wrote “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”.  What do these people have in common?  They are a part of Northern Kentucky’s rich musical heritage that will be showcased at Behringer-Crawford Museum’s upcoming exhibit, “Northern Kentucky Music Legends” opening at 4 p.m. on June 2, 2013.

“Northern Kentucky Music Legends” highlights artists from Northern Kentucky who have spent more than 20 years sharing their love of music with the public.  Some have become internationally known, while others have made their impact locally.  This exhibit celebrates the people and places that continue to cultivate the region’s profound connection with music.

Bobby Mackey is being inducted into the Northern Kentucky Music Hall of Fame

Bobby Mackey

The exhibit is a partnership between BCM, the newly formed Northern Kentucky Music Legend committee, and local musicians, high school band directors, music promoters and producers, with the goal of increasing understanding and awareness of local music.

Rosemary Clooney is being inducted into the Northern Kentucky Music Hall of Fame

Rosemary Clooney

The exhibit will kick off at from 4 to 7 p.m, Sunday, June 2, with a ceremony honoring the Hall-of-Fame inaugural inductees:  Adrian Belew, Bob Braun, Rosemary Clooney, Mike Connor, Skeeter Davis, Haven Gillespie, Bobby Mackey, Steve Mendell, Kenny Price, Michael Reilly, Charles Tharp, Gary Winter, and the band Strange Brew.  A reception and tour of the exhibit will follow the induction ceremony.  (Cost is $5 to attend the ceremony.)

I wrote an earlier post about Bobby Mackey and his legacy to our region. Here is a link.

Through the summer, BCM will host additional events associated with the exhibit.  On July 11, inductees Strange Brew and special guests New Lime will perform as part of the Music@BCM concert series.  On August 4, inductees will join together for an “Open Mic Concert” showcasing the talents that make them legends.  And on August 25, local high school students will perform at “Future Music Legends Take the Stage.”

For more information about these events, the exhibit, or the museum, please contact BCM at (859) 491-4003 or

Behringer-Crawford Museum is supported in part by our members; the City of Covington, Kenton County Fiscal Court, Kentucky Arts Council, ArtsWave, and The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Hail, Jr. US Bank Foundation.

Leo Calderon To Be Honored By Santa Maria Community Services


I want to extend a warm congratulations to Leo Calderon, director for Latino Student Affairs at Northern Kentucky University, and his entire staff. On Friday, they are being honored by Santa Maria Community Services for all they do to strengthen the lives of Hispanics/Latinos in our Greater Cincinnati area.

Leo  Calderon

Leo Calderon

It is a well deserved honor. I have seen the commitment of Leo and his staff first hand through my public relations work with the YMCA Black & Latino Achievers Program. Leo’s extensive civic involvement has included board memberships at the Kentucky Board of Education, YMCA of Greater Cincinnati, Behringer-Crawford Museum, Women’s Crisis Center, BRIDGES for a Just Community, and English Language Learners Foundation.

Santa Maria’s Bienestar Recognition Luncheon will be Friday, May 10 from 11:30 am until 2 pm at The Millennium Hotel downtown Cincinnati. Registration closes on Tuesday morning (May 7) at 10 am at this link.

The event benefits Santa Maria’s Bienestar program, that makes vitally important health care services more accessible for Hispanic immigrants in our area.

Bienestar’s signature component is its Promotores de Salud. Promotores are members of the Hispanic community who complete a series of trainings on various diseases and their prevention (hypertension, diabetes, domestic violence, alcoholism, cancer, HIV, hygiene and government assistance programs) and then share the received information with family members and friends as well as members in their community and make school and company presentations.

Within the last few years Santa Maria Community Services recruited and trained over 60 Promotores de Salud.

Thank you to them for such very important work!

Bobby Mackey Inducted In Northern Kentucky Music Hall Of Fame


It is so nice when you hear about people being recognized for pursuing their passion and following their heart.

Bobby Mackey was just notified he that he is being inducted into the Northern Kentucky Musical History and Hall of Fame. There will be an exhibit that will run at the Behringer Crawford Museum all through the summer, with the induction ceremony in late may Bobby Mackeyand concerts at the museum all summer.

Besides being a genuinely nice guy, his Bobby Mackey’s Music World is celebrating almost 35 years as Greater Cincinnati’s top country music night spot featuring Bobby and the Big Mac Band every Friday and Saturday night. And his music is sold worldwide.

From the very beginning

Born and raised in Concord KY, Bobby has been singing and winning talent contests since age 4. His earliest start came while singing along to the juke box in his father’s grocery store.

He moved to Covington with his then new bride Janet to work on the railroad – a career he says he probably would still be doing if he hadn’t found an outlet for pursuing his dream.

The 30-year-old couple bought a closed up night club on Rt 9 Licking Pike in Wilder, Kentucky. The former site of the Latin Quarter and Prim Rose Country Club had a colorful history of gambling and gangster activity.

None of that was relevant to the up and coming traditional country music singer with an already established strong local fan following. This was Bobby’s chance of having his own place. After months of painting cleaning prepping the 80+ year old building he opened Bobby Mackey’s Music world September 8th 1978.

And the rest, you could say, is history.

When it comes to appreciating what you have and those around you, Bobby is quick to talk about the role his family has had in shaping his life’s direction. His parents encouraged and supported his talents from the moment he picked up his first guitar. He and his wife are proud parents, grandparents and even great grandparents. And, I get the feeling that gift of encouraging dreams is something they’ll be passing down.

Congratulations to Bobby!

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