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Rochester Music Hall of Fame

Faced with too many uncertainties due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Rochester Music Hall of Fame’s 2020 induction ceremony and concert has been moved to April 25, 2021 at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

“We just couldn’t do it,” Hall of Fame Board President Jack Whittier said. “I’m really bummed about this.

“Everything was changing so fast, we couldn’t believe it. And it’s changing week to week.”

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Add the Rochester Music Hall of Fame's April induction ceremony to events lost to the coronavirus outbreak.

The University of Rochester, which runs Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, is one of many schools and organizations throughout the country that are either canceling or postponing events.

"They came out on Monday and said any athletic event, any music event, any event happening on a UR facility that would draw a large crowd through April 15 either needs to be canceled or postponed," said Hall of Fame President Jack Whittier.

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There was never any doubt that the Rochester Music Hall of Fame class of 2020, with five new names to be celebrated at the April induction concert, would belong to The Dady Brothers.

Few musicians here have been so highly regarded, and for as long, as the traditional folk duo. They played coffeehouses and taverns and shared stages with Pete Seeger, Tommy Makem, The Clancy Brothers and Ani DiFranco. Going back to 1979, John and Joe Dady released 11 albums as a duo, and one solo album a piece.

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Give the Rochester Music Hall of Fame props for an out-of-this-world opening at Sunday’s induction ceremony and concert. Austin Giorgio, a Webster native and competitor on “The Voice,” crooning “Fly Me to the Moon” behind a backdrop of images from Apollo 11.

The Rochester Music Hall of Fame recently announced its 2019 class. This year’s inductees include Emmy-winning composer Jack Allocco, Beach Boys founding member Al Jardine, and folk singer Christine Lavin. The Hall also has a new home at 25 Gibbs Street, which will host events and educational programs throughout the year.

The announcement of this year’s inductees came with pushback from some local music critics, who say the Hall’s board members aren’t considering key players in Rochester’s music scene, and instead, choosing to honor big names with tenuous connections to Rochester. This hour, we discuss how inductees are selected, how the Hall of Fame has evolved throughout the years, and what it means to honor Rochester’s music scene. In studio:

  • Jack Whittier, president of the board of directors for the Rochester Music Hall of Fame
  • Tracy Kroft, vice president of the board of directors for the Rochester Music Hall of Fame
  • Jerry Falzone, board member for the Rochester Music Hall of Fame
  • Frank De Blase, music critic for CITY Newspaper
  • Chuck Campbell, member of the Campbell Brothers (Class of 2018)
  • Phil Campbell, member of the Campbell Brothers (Class of 2018)

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Timing is everything. The announcement of an actual bricks, windows and door home for the Rochester Music Hall of Fame would have been the big surprise at any of the first six concerts honoring that year’s inductees.

The Rochester Music Hall of Fame is inducting its 2018 class. We talk to three of the inductees — some of the greatest musicians of all time. They discuss their process, their time working with fellow greats in music, and what it means to them to be in the Rochester Music Hall of Fame.

In studio:

  • Steve Gadd, drummer of choice of Paul Simon, James Taylor, and Eric Clapton
  • Tony Levin, bassist for Peter Gabriel and King Crimson
  • John Beck, professor emeritus at the Eastman School of Music
  • Tracy Kroft, vice president-elect of the Rochester Music Hall of Fame

The Rochester Music Hall of Fame is getting ready to welcome a new class of inductees. We talk to some of the members and have some fun with local music. Our guests:

  • Bruce Pilato, RMHF board member and show producer
  • Jack Whittier, RMHF board vice president
  • Joe Beard, 2017 inductee and legendary blues musician
  • Gary Lewis, 2017 inductee and 1960s hit maker
  • Samuel Adler, 2017 inductee and celebrated composer

On this Arts Friday, the Rochester Music Hall of Fame is welcoming a new class of inductees. We preview the show and discuss this year’s inductees with our guests:

  • Karl LaPorta, founder and and chairman of he board
  • Bruce Pilato, board member and ceremony show producer
  • Tracy Kroft, board member
  • Thomas Warfield, nephew of inductee William Warfield
  • Elvio Fernandes from Daughtry (who will be performing with Chis Daughtry as part of the Gibson All-Star Band