Other arts recipients of Phila. Hero Awards

Posted: April 21, 2004

In addition to Andre Harris and Vidal Davis, the Philadelphia chapter of the Recording Academy - the organization that awards the Grammys - will recognize several other individuals and organizations on Monday for their contribution to the region's creative community.

Receiving Hero Awards will be the Roots, the Grammy-winning Philadelphia hip-hop outfit whose sixth album, The Tipping Point, is due out in July; Rob Hyman and Eric Bazilian, members of the '80s band the Hooters, who have penned hits for Cyndi Lauper and Joan Osborne; and guitarist Allan Slutsky, whose biography of Motown bassist James Jamerson led to the documentary film Standing in the Shadows of Motown and sparked a worldwide resurgence of interest in the backing musicians responsible for the Motown sound.

Also to be honored are the Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, a nonprofit organization that provides pro bono legal services to musicians, artists and cultural organizations.

The list of performers and/or presenters for Monday's ceremony includes gospel legends the Dixie Hummingbirds, who will receive a special Hall of Fame award; rapper Talib Kweli; funk legend Bootsy Collins; percussionist Doc Gibbs and the Emeril Live band; and singer-songwriters Joan Osborne, Jaguar Wright and Mutlu.

The event, which will include dinner and a silent auction, will begin at 6 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Penn's Landing, 201 S. Columbus Blvd. Tickets: $75 Recording Academy members; $125 nonmembers. Information: 215-985-5411 or www.grammy.com/philadelphia.aspx.

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