BMI helped fill the halls with music at the 2023 New England Food Show held recently at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. The two-day show is the region’s largest restaurant and foodservice event and is hosted by long time BMI partner the Massachusetts Restaurant Association.
BMI songwriter Sam James kicked things off with a performance on the NEFS main stage where he performed songs from his upcoming project on Republic Records. James is a Worcester, Massachusetts native who has had his songs recorded by Bebe Rexha and Dolly Parton among others and recently performed on the Kelly Clarkson Show. He was also a participant on NBC’s The Voice as well as Songland.
Later in the evening the NEFS Industry Night Out party featured a performance by BMI songwriter Dwayne Haggins. Haggins, who hails from Framingham, Mass and has shared the stage with the likes of Keb Mo and George Thorogood performed a high energy set of songs in front of restaurant executives from across New England that put on display his blues, R & B and country influences. His style has been described as an infusion of John Legend and rockabilly.