The Rochester Music Hall of Fame's induction ceremony, each year, is a good reminder that there's a lot of music history in the area to be proud of, and the event always ends up being an education packaged in a rockin' showcase. The 2018 ceremony will induct percussionist, composer, and Eastman School faculty member John Beck; Grammy Award-winning sacred steel group The Campbell Brothers; Steve Gadd, the world-class, go-to drummer for musicians like Eric Clapton, Steely Dan, and Paul Simon; Tony Levin, bassist for King Crimson (and a frequent Steve Gadd collaborator); and the Emmy-nominated composer Ferdinand Jay Smith.
Of course since this is a Music Hall of Fame, each inductee will get a fitting tribute performance. John Beck will perform solo and with a percussion ensemble and Prime Time Funk, the RMHF house band. Pedal steel master Robert Randolph will join The Campbell Brothers for their performance. Steve Gadd and Tony Levin will join forces on stage (with Mike Mainieri, David Spinozza, and Warren Bernhardt) for a performance as their supergroup, L'Image. And a musical medley led by Rochester musician Casey Filiaci will pay tribute to Ferdinand Jay Smith.
Each of these inductees is certainly worthy of the RMHF, but the all-male lists in 2017 and 2018 — not to mention, there have only been five female inductees in total — raises more than a few eyebrows: Hey RMHF, where's the honor for Rochester's great women musicians?
The Rochester Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony takes place Sunday, April 22, at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs Street. 7 p.m. $31-$76. 274-3000; rochestermusic.org.