Jason Mraz and Jack Tempchin among artists to be inducted Friday in San Diego Music Hall of Fame
Grammy Award-winner Jason Mraz, acclaimed Eagles’ singer-songwriter Jack Tempchin and boogie-woogie piano dynamo Sue Palmer head the list of artists who will be honored at the San Diego Music Hall of Fame’s first annual induction gala.
To be held Friday at the intimate OB Playhouse, the event is the brainchild of local troubadour Jefferson Jay, who this year celebrated the 10th anniversary of hosting and curating the Acoustic Evenings at the Athenaeum concert series in La Jolla.
Mraz and Tempchin are not expected to attend the inductions, but Mraz will be represented by his longtime friend, Billy Galewood.
Scheduled performers include Palmer, fellow honoree Mark Goffney — the arm-less guitarist who has performed with Mana — Galewood, who until 2016 performed under the name Bushwalla, Gato Papacitos and brothers Angelo and Dominic Pizarro.
The Pizarro Brothers’ performance will be in honor of their mother and sister, Aileen and Aryana Pizarro, who were killed Aug. 23 after their SUV was struck by a wrong-way driver. Aryana, who often sang with her brothers, was 12. Her mother was 43. San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer subsequently declared Sept. 21 as “Aryana and Aileen Pizarro Day.”
Retired Point Loma High School theater teacher Larry Zeiger will lead the tribute to Aileen and Aryana Pizarro. A portion of the proceeds from Friday’s induction concert will go to the Pizarro family.
There are also two other posthumous honorees whose praises will be sung Friday: musician and talent-booker John Ciccolella; and roots-music champion Lou Curtiss, the founder of Folk Arts Rare Records and the San Diego Folk Festival. Curtiss, who was also a longtime radio host on KSDS Jazz 88, was a key mentor to an array of musicians over the years, including Tempchin, Tom Waits, A.J. Croce, Mojo Nixon, Sara Petite and Big Sandy.
A silent auction will take place prior to Friday’s event and during intermission, with proceeds also going to the Pizarro family and the San Diego Musicians Collective, a nonprofit organization founded by Jefferson in 2008.
According to Jay, the auction items include a Taylor 114 CE acoustic-electric guitar, donated by Taylor Guitars, and a lap-pedal steel guitar, donated by Guitars in the Classroom.
“The short-term and long-term goals are the same,” Jay said of his fledgling event. “And those goals are to unite the San Diego musical community, give people things to be proud of, raise money to help musicians in need and help people have more of a sense of the history of music in this town.”
Jay is well aware that the San Diego Music Awards, which celebrated its 27th anniversary this year, shares some of the same goals and has a much higher profile.
“But,” Jay noted, “these are two totally different things. My understanding is that the San Diego Music Awards is a fun party night. This San Diego Music Hall of Fame induction will provide a more serious look a all the great things that have happened in music in San Diego. It fills a void.
“The San Diego Music Awards takes care of its niche. Our event will be a bit more somber, but it will be uplifting as well.”
San Diego Music Hall of Fame first annual gala induction and concert: 7:30 p.m. Friday. The OB Playhouse, 4944 Newport Ave., Ocean Beach. $15 (advance), $20 at the door. obtheatrecompany.com
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