The Bakersfield Music Hall of Fame was established on January 1,2015. Its founders, Kimberly McAbee-Carter and Kyle Carter had two goals in mind at the time that they purchased the building at 2230 Q Street:
Goal- To Revive Bakersfield’s great musical heritage to its former grandeur and help the next generation of local artists propel forward to achieve greater accomplishments in the future. A place to promote and encourage all genres and add to the excitement that will help create National Artist’s from our own community.
Goal- To give lasting honor by providing a Music Facility that has the ability to recognize the accomplishments and contributions from the many talented people that exist within Bakersfield and the surrounding areas. Not only the Bakersfield Hall of Fame Recognition, but also a Walk of Fame that will help us remember those who have achieved the status they deserve.
With those two goals in mind, Kyle and Kim purchased the American Sound Recording Studio’s at 2230 Q Street, on the southeast corner of ‘Q’ and 23rd Streets. The transformation began, as it became, ‘The Bakersfield Music Hall of Fame’.
Most people automatically think that it will become a museum. It is not a museum, although there may be a display or two from time to time of a featured artist’s memorabilia.
So what is the Bakersfield Music Hall of Fame? It is an establishment that has several functions. The building itself is around 100 years old. It’s beautiful 12-inch thick solid concrete walls and the 4-foot high raised concrete loading dock that bisects the building, suggests that it was used as a packing shed or a freight transportation company in a past life. The American Sound Group put the existing architectural features of the building to good use. The concrete walls will make a great sound barrier for the two beautiful and professional recording studios. The raised loading dock will make for a more exciting and interesting concert experience in the new 250 seats Performing Arts Theatre, just completed. The theatre boasts comfortable leather type stadium seating. Private Entry Sponsor Boxes and a Raised Performance Stage with state of the art sound, lighting and high definition visual monitors. The very high Tongue and Groove Ceiling at the Entrance along with the old hand made steel and wooden trusses can be seen along with the old warehouse lights that cast a gentle illumination and create a beautiful backdrop for the Charter Member Recognition Hall. Just beyond the entryway is a vintage style Lower Lobby with a Concession Bar for snacks serving fun foods. That area also includes a gift shop where you can purchase you favorite memorabilia or maybe a local artist or band CD. In addition to the Lower Lobby, we have an Upper Lobby with a serving counter and social area so you can hang out with your friends and perhaps enjoy a soft drink or glass of wine while waiting for your show to begin. For catered events such as weddings, anniversaries and business meetings there is a wonderful food prep kitchen just beyond the Upper Lobby, and a beautiful Conference Room that seats 12 comfortably. A receptionist is available at the entrance located on the east side of the building where eight professional offices have been leased out to entertainment businesses. At this time a Radio Station, Podcast and Media, Modeling & Talent, and Staff Offices.
Members receive discounts, first notice of ticket sales, advertising opportunities, On-line access, directory, and the privilege to vote for inductees.Maximum Charter Members, $325.00 per year, limited to 425 members Maximum Standard Members, $100.00 per year, limited to 2,075 members.
Honoring the great music heritage that belongs to Bakersfield there will be a ‘Wall of Fame’ and a ‘Walk of Fame’. We have come up with a fun and fresh way to honor our inductees that will keep them in our memory and hearts for years to come. The inductee ceremonies will be a part of Local History; part of the fun is that the members will have the opportunity to vote the inductees into the Bakersfield Music Hall of Fame.
Members can look forward to Bakersfield Hall of Fame, House Sponsored Shows which may include: music concerts, plugged and unplugged, full bands or solo artists, songwriter and guitar series, jam sessions, comedy shows, talent competitions and maybe a little melodrama. The possibilities are endless and members get discounted tickets.
Discounts for non-sponsored shows from outside promoters are not included, however as a member you will be notified when tickets go on sale.
The Theatre Hall
Can be rented for both business and private events, such as Weddings, Christmas Parties, business Meetings, ‘’You Can Be a Star” recording package, Birthday Parties and Record Release Parties to celebrate your achievements.
The Bakersfield Music Hall of Fame boasts two state of the art recording studios. We employ our own professionally trained sound recording engineers. Rent by the hour doing small projects like Birthday Wishes, Vocal Tracks, Music Tracks, Song Demos, or an entire album project.
Lifetime of Memories-A memorable service hosting a party in the theatre such as your family Patriarch or an Employer, maybe your Pastor, a Veteran or maybe a Roast. Each person at the party will have the opportunity to record their favorite memories or funniest stories in order to use creative ways to thank the people that have a special meaning in their lives.
8 beautiful offices leased to Entertainment Companies
Sign up to sponsor your favorite shows, sponsor seating in the raised VIP Section. Advertise on Website, reserve your advertisement on our digital displays.
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