Jason Lee of 'Memphis Beat' at Blues Music Awards
The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission and The Memphis Music Foundation have teamed to bring actor Jason Lee to be a presenter at the 32nd annual Blues Music Awards (BMA) on May 5.
The Awards will be handed out at the Cook Convention Center the night of May 5 with the Steve Miller Band opening the ceremonies. For ticket information, go here.
Lee is starring in TNT's hit show MEMPHIS BEAT, which centers around Lee's character Dwight Hendricks, a quirky Memphis police detective who, as "the keeper of Memphis," is a Southern gentleman protective of his fellow citizens, reverential of the city's history and deeply rooted in its blues music scene. For more info on the show, go here.
As it happens, Lee, like his character, is a genuine blues fan and adores Memphis. Although the series is shot in Louisiana (other than a few Memphis location shots), efforts continue to lure the production company to the Bluff City.
The series features familiar Memphis tunes and Lee performs a number of songs, including Elvis covers, live on stage at the ends of the episodes. BMA winner Keb' Mo' arranges and performs much of the music. Because of that, the Film/TV Commission and Music Foundation are sponsoring Lee's appearance.
Lee's career took off in 1995 with the lead role in a two projects by indie director Kevin Smith, one of which he won an Independent Spirit Award. Jason is perhaps best known for the lead character in the NBC comedy series MY NAME IS EARL, for which he has won two Golden Globes and two SAG Awards.
The Presenting Sponsor for the 32nd Blues Music Awards is The Gibson Foundation. The Sustaining Sponsor is I 55 Productions. Major funding is provided by ArtsMemphis and the Tennessee Arts Commission.
The 32nd Blues Music Awards are also sponsored by Blue Mountain Artists, BMI, Catfood Records, Eagle Rock Entertainment, FedEx, First Tennessee Foundation, Global Electronic Technology, Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and Sony/Legacy Records.
The Blues Music Awards are produced by The Blues Foundation, a non-profit organization established to preserve Blues history, celebrate Blues excellence, support Blues education and ensure the future of this uniquely American art form. For more information or to join The Blues Foundation, log onto www.blues.org.