In the evening, Bill Flanagan humbly accepted his induction, taking time to make special note of longtime Phoenix editor Lou Papineau and NewPaper founder Ty Davis. And then there was the great bluesmaster Paul Geremia, who dazzled us with his magnificent picking.

All day long, the Cowsills were bubbling with delight and when they took the stage they shared that joy with a perfect performance of a slew of hits. Then Steve Smith & the Nakeds really revved up the party with their horn-driven R&B. With more than 60 past and present members of the Naked Truth/Steve Smith & the Nakeds family on stage at once, we thought the platform was going to collapse. But the stage held and it was a very special night for Rhode Island music.

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