There's no denying the impact of Rochester's music scene on our culture here and abroad. Joining the ranks of the previous two years' inductees — like bluesman Son House, Cab Calloway, Young Rascal Gene Cornish, Lou Gramm, Mitch Miller, DJ Nick Nickson, and many more — will be this year's honorees Duke Jupiter, David Hochstein, Emily Sibley Watson, The House of Guitars, and radio station WDKX. Grammy award winning producer Ethel Gabriel, and musician and businessman Peter Morticelli will receive the Special Merit Award, a first for the RMHF.
Duke Jupiter will perform and will feature appearances from original members Don Maracle and Dave Hanlon. Gene Cornish and Lou Gramm will lead The House of Guitars Rock 'n' Roll All-Stars for a performance as well. What's rather confusing is the number of performers with no ties to our city. C'mon, there's plenty of talent in town that could've been called upon for the Rochester Music Hall of Fame.
Rochester Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be Sunday, April 27, 7 p.m. at the Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs St. Tickets are $20-$35. Rochestermusic.org.