Sunday, August 31, 2008

The Buffalo Music Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Induction Gala

The Buffalo Music Hall of Fame is proud to celebrate 25 years of honoring
the music and performers of Buffalo and Western New York at its
25th Anniversary Induction Gala

Please join the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, October 9, 2008, 7 PM at the Tralf Music Hall located at 622 Main Street in Buffalo's Downtown Theatre District for an evening of live music. Everyone is encouraged to attend to welcome the forthcoming 2008 Buffalo Music Hall of Fame Inductees who will also be performing.

The Buffalo Music Hall of Fame was founded in 1983 to recognize groups and individuals who have had a significant impact on the WNY music scene and/or achieved success in the music industry on a national and often an international scale. The Buffalo Music Hall of Fame annually recognizes and inducts outstanding Western New Yorkers who have made major contributions to the music industry at their annual induction gala. Members of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame from previous classes will be in attendance to honor the Class of 2008 and in some cases to induct the new members.

Food and refreshments are available through the Tralf facilities. Tickets are $20, at all Ticketmaster locations, charge by phone 852-5000, or through the Tralf Box office.

The Buffalo Music Hall of Fame announces its Class of 2008:
ED BENTLEY: Rockabilly music performer, Inductee/National Rockabilly Hall of Fame.
BOB JAMES: Songwriter guitarist/singer, local music producer and educator. RICHARD KERMODE: 1970's keyboardist for Janis Joplin (posthumous award). JERRY LIVINGSTON: National Recording Artist with: Miki Howard Atlantic records, Stephanie Mills – MCA Records, Liberty Silvers RCA Records/BMG and Billy Phillips/MCA Records and he recorded (5) albums 2 of them Gold with Rick James on Motown Records. Jerry is also a local Jazz Bassist.
TOM REINHARDT: Local rock and blues bassist.
JOE ROZLER: Internationally sought after keyboardist.
SCHULZ FAMILY: Generations of great musicians represented in one of Buffalo's premier musical families.
JOANIE SOMMERS: 1960's radio star & "Pepsi Girl."

JIMMY SACCA: Lead Singer of the world famous Hilltoppers – national vocal group from the 1950's and 1960's.

MACK LUCHEY: Buffalo music store owner and promoter of Buffalo music.
ANTHONY MARCHESE: Synthesizer pioneer.
RICHARD SARGENT: Local record producer.

Co-chairs of the event include: Patricia Kirisits, Susan Banks, and Richie Derwald. For more information on the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame – please access the website at

For press related matters, contact: Sue Marie at or Rick Mathews, President of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame at 716-400-8934 or

The Board of Directors of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame consistently seeks new members. Parties interested in sponsorship opportunities, supporting membership or board membership should contact Rick Mathews 716- 400-8934 or email us at:

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