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ROCHESTER MUSIC HALL of FAME
Class of 2015
The Rochester Music Hall of Fame “Class of 2015″ Induction Ceremony will be held on April 26th, 7pm at Eastman Theatre’s KODAK HALL The names of the inductees and musical performers will be announced soon.
Congratulations to the
Rochester Music Hall of Fame
Class of 2014
Emily Sibley Watson — David Hochstein
House of Guitars — WDKX,
To our very first RMHF Special Merit Award Winners
One of the most popular rock bands and recording artists to come out of Rochester. Active from 1973 to1986, Duke Jupiter released nine albums, had four videos featured on MTV, and enjoyed hits like “Little Lady” and “I’ll Drink to You.”
April 27 Performance: The final line up of the band (Marshall Styler, Greg Walker, Rickey Ellis, and Dave Corcoran) will reunite to rock the Eastman Theatre stage and perform their hits, which include “Little Lady” and “I’ll Drink to You.” Also featured will be a special performance by early Duke Jupiter members Don Maracle and Dave Hanlon.
Video: Duke Jupiter – “I’ll Drink to You” (YouTube)
DAVID HOCHSTEIN Considered to be one of the finest violinists America ever produced. The Hochstein School of Music & Dance is his memorial, founded by his benefactor Emily Sibley Watson who ensured he received the finest training available. The school today offers that same opportunity to the Rochester community.
April 27 Performance: David Hochstein and Emily Sibley Watson will be honored by performances from three Hochstein School of Music & Dance students featuring violinist Manuel Hanuch who will be accompanied on piano by Epongue Ekille as they perform a David Hochstein composition and cellist Annie Jacobs-Perkins who will perform a solo piece.
Video: Hochstein School of Music & Dance (YouTube)
THE HOUSE OF GUITARS®
Considered the world’s largest music store, for 50 years it has been loved by local fans and artists worldwide, including Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne, and Metallica. With a museum-like aura, its winding rooms are filled with millions of records and tens of thousands of instruments. Esquire named it the #2 stop on its roadmap of musical America.
April 27 Performance: The House of Guitars Rock ‘n’ Roll All-Stars has been assembled to celebrate the 50th anniversary and induction of this legendary institution. Leading the band will be 2012 RMHF inductee Gene Cornish (The Rascals) and 2013 inductee Lou Gramm (Foreigner), joined by Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, Rod Stewart, Jeff Beck) and Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Blue Oyster Cult, Ozzy Osbourne, Queensryche).
Video: The Store That Ate My Brain: House of Guitars Inc. (YouTube)
WDKX RADIO STATION
Independently owned and operated since it first went on the air 40 years ago. Founder Andrew A. Langston chose call letters that honored African-American heroes — “D” for Frederick Douglass, “K” for Martin Luther King Jr., and “X” for Malcolm X. Top-rated urban contemporary WDKX has wide-ranging playlists that feature classic soul, R&B, and hip hop.
April 27 Performance: On stage to salute WDKX on its 40th anniversary and induction will be Russell Thompkins, lead singer of Grammy®-nominated The Stylistics (“You Make Me Feel Brand New,” “You Are Everything,” “Betcha By Golly Wow”), and Kathy Sledge, lead singer of Grammy®-nominated Sister Sledge (“We Are Family,” “He’s the Greatest Dancer”).
Video: WDKX Anniversary Video (YouTube)
Special Merit Awards
A Grammy-winning producer was the first female record producer, producing more 2,500 albums in her 40-year career with RCA, for artists such as Elvis, Harry Belafonte, Henry Mancini, and Dolly Parton.
A musician, record-company owner, record producer, and personal manager. Among his many milestones is the instrumental role he played in the success of the band Duke Jupiter.