Blues legends, ambassadors and pioneers will be honored at the annual Slim Harpo Music Awards in November. 

A ceremony for the 2017 recipients of the awards starts at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, at the Time Out Lounge, 4619 Bennington Ave. Tickets are $20 in advance at the venue, $25 at the door. 

This year's honorees include legend John Broven, ambassador Pat McBride and pioneers Sundanze Howie Dunston and Kenny Acosta

The awards are named for Slim Harpo, a.k.a. James Moore, an internationally known Baton Rouge musician who influenced everyone from the Rolling Stones to Van Morrison. Some of Slim's most popular songs include "I'm a King Bee" and "Baby Scratch My Back." 

Broven is a music historian, author and researcher who helped start Golden Crest Records in 1956. The legend award signifies his credits of historical blues music status. McBride will be honored for representing the blues genre to other music lovers with the ambassador award. Dunston and Acosta continue to play and will be given the pioneer award for carrying blues music forward. 

The reception will feature a jambalaya social, followed by awards at 7 p.m. and a jam session at 8:15 p.m. For more information, visit