The Rochester Music Hall of Fame will honor the 2013 class of inductees, which includes eight iconic musical legends that have made their marks in the genres of classical, rock, pop, jazz, blues and folk music. The induction ceremony and music gala will take place at 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 28th at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Presenting sponsor Canandaigua National Bank & Trust and other organizations and individuals make the gala possible.
Live performance highlights will include:
- Lou Gramm is expected to sing both Foreigner classics and his own solo hits.
- Don Potter and Bat McGrath are expected to be on the same stage again. The last time they performed on their own was in 1973.
- Joe Beard and John Mooney will perform individually and together in a powerful tribute to blues icon, Son House.
- Bob McGrath, singer and actor best known for playing the human character "Bob" on Sesame Street and as a regular on Sing Along With Mitch, will perform during the induction of Mitch Miller.
- A tribute to George Eastman reminiscent of his favorite musicales will incorporate classical music and interpretive dance.
- The inductions of DJs Nick Nickson and Jack Palvino will result in an onstage reunion of many of the classic WBBF disc jockeys and re-create moments of their classic 1960s radio broadcasts.
- Rochester Music Hall of Fame house band, Prime Time Funk, will accompany many of the music segments.
Special guest appearances:
- Country music superstar Naomi Judd will induct Don Potter. Potter has become known as "the man who created the Judds' sound."
- A video message from Clive Davis and Leslie Uggams will honor Mitch Miller.
- Pat Alger, country music songwriter, singer and guitarist will induct Bat McGrath.
"With the generous support from our sponsors we are able to put on a world-class event that includes several Grammy Award winning celebrity musicians and internationally renowned actors," said show producer, Bruce Pilato. "Like last year, attendees can expect an evening filled with music, dancing, video tributes, and even a few surprises that further celebrate the 2013 class of inductees."
The 2013 inductees include:
- George Eastman, industrialist, philanthropist and the greatest music enthusiast in Rochester's history.
- 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.
- Eddie James "Son" House, Jr., a seminal figure in blues history having influenced generations of blues performers including Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, Keb' Mo' and Jack White.
- Bat McGrath, an admired Nashville songsmith who writes for some of country's biggest stars including Kenny Rogers and Wynonna Judd.
- Mitch Miller, one of the most influential figures in popular music during the '50s and early '60s.
- Nick Nickson, DJ - "The Ole Professor" first on the air in Rochester at WARC in 1947 and then on WBBF until the mid '60s.
- Jack Palvino, DJ. "Smiling Jack" had the top rated morning show in Rochester for nearly 20 years on WBBF.
- Don Potter, singer/songwriter/guitarist/record producer. Don has worked with a host of hit makers including Kenny Chesney, Reba McIntyre, James Taylor and Elton John.
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.
About the Rochester Music Hall of Fame
Launched in April 2010, the RMHF is a non-profit organization made up of local musicians, business owners, community leaders and other professionals. Its mission is to recognize those with ties to Rochester whose talents have contributed to the creation of musical excellence. Each year new members will be honored through ceremony and celebration and their achievements memorialized to promote an appreciation for the greater Rochester area's rich and diverse musical history and culture.