Events Calendar

Friday, Sept. 22nd
Photo City Improv
543 Atlantic Ave
(right next door to Sticky Lips BBQ)

Majestics –  9:00pm – 1 set, so don’t be late.  We’ll have the Double Wide Horn Section and our good friend Rudy Valentino joining us!  Stick around when we’re done for some more great music from the Medicinals.



A Las Vegas Style Tribute Show to Eight Internationally know Stars such as:
Neil Diamond  – Tom Jones – Elton John – Billy Joel – Paul McCartney
 Gary Puckett – Roy Orbison and Elvis.


Ralph Ortiz (1956-2009)


Tickets: $20 at the door (336 East Ave., Rochester, NY)
or available in advance at:

Starting Saturday, Sept. 23 tickets will also be available at: Record Archive, The Bop Shop, Northfield Music and
House of Guitars.


Rochester, NY – When Rochester bassist Rafael “Ralph” Ortiz passed away suddenly in February of 2009 after a brief battle with cancer, a shocked music community grieved in the way they knew best: by playing music in his honor. More than 70 musicians – all of whom had played with Ralph over the years – came together for a nine-hour concert at Water Street Music Hall that would benefit the Rafael Ortiz Memorial Fund. The Fund covered Ralph’s medical, funeral, and other expenses, but also funded two music scholarships in his name: one for a graduating senior pursuing music studies from Ralph’s alma mater, Newark High School ($1,000), and the other for bass lessons at Northfield Music in Pittsford ($500), where Ralph had taught for 20 years.

Since 2009, the Fund has continued to give out annual scholarships, thanks to two more Remembering Ralph concerts in 2010 (Lilac Festival) and 2012 (Corn Hill Festival). In all, the scholarships have totaled over $10,000 and have been awarded to more than a dozen young musicians.

Those not able to attend may donate to the Fund via mail/check to: 
Ralph Ortiz Memorial Fund
 5705 Running Brook Rd.
Farmington, NY  14425  

“We’re fortunate to have been able keep the scholarships going as a way to honor a close friend and great musician,” says Remembering Ralph organizer James Richmond, who co-founded the band Prime Time Funk with Ralph more than 20 years ago. “Having the Rochester Music Hall of Fame on board this year means we will be able to continue to give out those scholarships and keep Ralph’s legacy alive.”

“We had been looking to present another great musical event in addition to our annual Induction Ceremony at Kodak Hall in April,” explains RMHF Board Chair Karl LaPorta. “Prime Time Funk has been our ‘house band’ since we began in 2012, so getting involved with this concert seemed like a perfect fit for us.”

Bands scheduled to perform at the Friday, October 20, 7 p.m. event at Anthology (336 East Ave.) are: The Campbell BrothersPrime Time FunkJunkYardFieldTrip, and Me & the Boyz. Special guests will include singers Danielle Ponder and Oliver Wiggins.

More about this year’s artists

The Campbell Brothers, who performed at the 2012 Remembering Ralph, play African-American gospel music with electric steel guitar and vocal. As the music moves from sanctuary to concert hall – including the Hollywood Bowl, the Kennedy Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Symphony Space – secular audiences are now able to appreciate a performance both devoted and rocking. Band members: Chuck Campell (pedal steel guitar), Phillip Campbell (electric guitar, bass), Darick Campbell (lap steel) and Carlton Campbell (drums). Chuck Campbell played on PTF’s Hear and Now album, adding his signature sound to “That Smile” (dedicated to Ralph), and on “Power” (co-written by Ralph). Visit for more info.

Prime Time Funk is a 10-piece powerhouse of passionate musicians from Western NY who write, arrange and perform a world-class combination of funk, jazz and R&B that’s hard to categorize but easy to feel. PTF’s debut CD, Ready and Willing, was co-produced by Grammy® Award-winning producer Jeff Tyzik, RPO Principal Pops Conductor. Its self-produced follow-up CD, Hear and Now, is a tribute to Ralph, the band’s co-founder and original bass player. They have performed at every Remembering Ralph concert. Find out more at

JunkYardFieldTrip was assembled in 2014 as a songwriting vehicle for Mike Gladstone (guitar/vocals) and Rob Smith (lead vocal/guitar). After adding one of western NY’s top rhythm sections – Emmett Ientilucci (drums/percussion/vocals) and Don Torpy (bass) – the band started playing acoustic shows around the Rochester, NY area. It quickly became one of the region’s most in-demand, eclectic bands and was nominated by CITY Newspaper’s Best of Rochester award for Best Band.  Visit for more.

Me & the Boyz, a seven-piece horn band that has been performing a wide variety of music and entertaining area crowds for more than 22 years, played at the very first Remembering Ralph. The band features Teena Guarnere, Chris Guarnere, Joe Lana, Mike Mullane, Jonathan Tucker, Aaron Davis, and Mark Balestra. Find out more at

Danielle Ponder, the daughter of a preacher, takes the audience to church. She’s spent years rendering goose bumps by perfecting her style and charismatic performance. It is this voice that has helped her secure gigs opening up for powerhouses such as George Clinton, Ledisi, and The Roots. She and her band, The Tomorrow People, have also completed two successful European tours. More info at

Now living in Los Angeles, singer Oliver Wiggins was a member of Mother Freedom and Saratoga (both with Ralph), and Don Potter’s band.

Bands participating in past Remembering Ralph concerts have included: The Legendary Dukes, Dan Schmitt & the Shadows, Park Avenue Band, The Buddahood, Po’ Boys Brass Band, Atlas, Chet Catallo & the Cats, Uncle Plum, the Mambo Kings, and many others.