Board of Directors and Sponsors Prepare for Second Awards Ceremony and Musical Gala on April 28th at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre
Tickets are on sale now and available through the Eastman Theatre box office by calling 585-454-2100, online at http://www.rpo.org/ or rochestermusic.org, and all area Wegmans. Regular seats are $50-$35. Students and educators can purchase discounted balcony tickets for $20. Visit http://rochestermusic.org/tickets/ for more information.
The Rochester Music Hall of Fame 2013 Inductees:
Lou Gramm – Singer/songwriter. His supercharged voice propelled the multi-platinum band Foreigner to become one of the most successful rock acts of all time, singing such hits as “Cold As Ice,” “Urgent,” “Juke Box Hero,” “Waiting For A Girl Like You,” and “I Want to Know What Love Is.” After a string of top-40 solo hits including “Midnight Blue” and “Just Between You and Me,” it came as no surprise when he was nominated to the 2013 Songwriters Hall of Fame. Gramm was born in Rochester and attended Gates-Chili High School. He is also an alumnus of Monroe Community College.
Eddie James “Son” House, Jr. – Delta Blues singer/bottleneck guitar player, circa 1930s, rediscovered in Rochester in 1964. He’s a seminal figure in blues history having influenced generations of blues performers including Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, Keb Mo and Jack White. “Death Letter Blues” and “John the Revelator” are signature songs of his. He was inducted into the Blues Foundation’s Hall of Fame in 1980.
Bat McGrath – Singer/songwriter/guitarist. He’s become an admired Nashville songsmith, writing for some of country’s biggest stars including Kenny Rogers and Wynonna Judd. His rise to fame began in the 1960s with the sensational rock band The Show Stoppers followed by the folk/blues duo Potter and McGrath. Along with Don Potter, Bat McGrath also appeared on several legendary Chuck Mangione albums, and has also released a number of solo albums.
Nick Nickson – DJ. “The Ole Professor” first on the air in Rochester at WARC in 1947 and then on WBBF until the mid ‘60s. He ushered in the age of Rock-N-Roll and stayed around for the British Invasion, garnering the highest ratings ever of any Rochester DJ. His voice was heard for decades on the air doing commercials and promoting the Irondequoit Oktoberfest.
Jack Palvino – DJ. “Smiling Jack” had the top rated morning show in Rochester for nearly 20 years on WBBF. As Executive VP of the Lincoln Group, Jack and his partners acquired ownership of half the stations in town and were featured along with WVOR in the book “Radio, In Search of EXCELLENCE,” a study of eleven of the best run radio stations.
“We have worked extremely hard over the last four years to research the music history of Rochester and then formulate a structure of criteria by which to select from this inordinate amount of talent,” said Karl LaPorta, RMHF founder and board president. “These names represent the finest in their field, span various musical styles and disciplines, and represent decades of Rochester’s rich and diverse musical history.”
The Rochester Music Hall of Fame provides the opportunity to cement Rochester as a world music center. The organization encourages community support to help make this happen. For more information about 2013 sponsorship opportunities visit http://rochestermusic.org/sponsorship-levels/ or contact Karl LaPorta at 585-747-5721.