(WKBW release) The Buffalo Music Hall of Fame has announced the inductees for the Class of 2012. The official unveiling took place during a special press conference held Tuesday at GCR Audio Studios at 564 Franklin Street in Buffalo, New York.
According to a news release:
The 30st BMHOF Annual Induction Gala will take place on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 7 PM at the Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main Street in Buffalo, New York.
“This year’s class is once again exceptional,” said Rick Mathews, president of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame. “It is truly a privilege to recognize and pay tribute to the outstanding talent of these incredible individuals as we prepare to induct them into Buffalo’s coveted Music Hall of Fame.”
The inductees for the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame Class of 2012 are:
*-Bob Falk- Falk is a longtime local guitarist who has played with The Shadows, Lee Ron Zydeco, Hot Guitars From Buffalo and more.
*-Al Hury- A veteran drummer on the Buffalo scene and winner of numerous Buffalo Music Awards, Al has played with just about everyone in the area including Joyryde, Sky, CPR Band, Black Cat Blues Band and more.
*-Bernie Kugel- He served as the Godfather of the Buffalo punk scene in the 70’s and 80’s with the bands Mystic Eyes and The Good and more.
*-Shawn McQuiller- He has been the lead singer for the band Kool and the Gang for over 20 years and has entertained all over the globe.
*-Marylouise Nanna- Maestra Nanna is acting assistant concert master of the BPO. She is also the founder, conductor and musical director of the ARS Nova Musicians Chamber Orchestra and the Viva Vivaldi Music Festival.
*-Steve Sadoff- For over forty years Sadoff has been the go-to guy for recording sessions and live performances. He has played with countless artists and has lent his talents to numerous recordings, concerts and club gigs .
*-Tadj Szymczak- He is a veteran musician best known for his work with Grammy nominated Polka band Jerry Darlek and the Touch.
*-Pat Wilson- Wilson is nationally recognized for his work as a founding member and drummer with the band Weezer, which was formed in 1992 and has won numerous national awards.
*-Cameron Baird- A civic promoter of music in Buffalo, his vision and influence helped to found the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. The music building on UB’s Amherst Campus is named after the Baird family.
*- Arlester “Dyke” Christian- A leader of the band Dyke and the Blazers, Christian was the writer of the soul classic “Funky Broadway” - and it is widely known that it was written about Broadway in Buffalo, NY.
*- Tom Lorenz-A music educator, Tom’s teaching and influence is still felt today throughout the local music scene.
*-Ralph Parker- The late guitarist was an influence on many guitarists in the area. Parker played with Billy McEwen, The Road and many more bands over the course of his career.
*-Tune Rockers- Their song Green Mosquito was a huge national hit in 1958 leading to an appearance on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand and national recognition.
*-Marc Hunt- He has performed on, produced and engineered over 100 local recording sessions including the Goo Goo Dolls and more.
*-Armand John Petri- A producer, engineer and performer, he has worked with many renown artists including the Goo Goo Dolls, 10,000 Maniacs, Sixpence None The Richer and John & Mary.
*-The Dunlop Brothers-Piano player Boyd Lee is enjoying a career resurgence after being “rediscovered” in a Buffalo nursing home at age 85. Brother Frankie is an influential jazz drummer who has played with Sonny Rollins, Thelonious Monk, Lionel Hampton, Lena Horne, Charles Mingus and more. He has played on over one hundred albums.
To be considered, inductees must have been born in the Western New York area or made major contributions to their musical career while in the area. Past Hall of Fame inductees include the Goo Goo Dolls, Ani DiFranco, Brian McKnight, Willie Nile and Rick James.
Tickets are $20 and will be available via Ticketmaster and at the Tralf Box Office in August. For more information on the 30st Annual BMHOF Hall of Fame Gala, please visit www.buffalomusic.org.