The 31st annual Buffalo Music Hall of Fame Induction Gala takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main St. This year’s class represents a broad cross section of area musicians, ranging from a blues virtuoso to an internationally recognized record producer, a platinum-selling alternative pop singer to a fully tenured rock drummer.
In a news release announcing the gala event, Hall President Rick Matthews noted the high level of “the talent we have here in Buffalo,” and he praised “these incredible musicians as we prepare to induct them into Buffalo’s coveted Music Hall of Fame.”
As has long been the case with Buffalo’s Music Hall of Fame, this year’s class offers a testimony to the rich diversity of our scene and celebrates the level of musical virtuosity and music industry smarts that is a hallmark of the Western New York music community.
This year’s inductees in the performer category include blues guitarist and bandleader Jony James; R&B/pop outfit Joe Public; revered rock drummer and songwriter Howard Wilson; jazz drummer, composer and bandleader Bobby Previte; former 10,000 Maniacs vocalist, songwriter and solo artist Natalie Merchant; country singer/songwriter Linda Lou Schriver; and guitarist and music educator Ed Supple.
Over the last several years, the Hall has paid increased attention to nonperforming Buffalo music industry veterans, honoring their contributions to the music community.
This year, the nonperformer category finds Grammy-nominated producer and sonic architect Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, MGMT) and legendary DJ and radio host Jim Santella being honored.
The 2013 Legacy Award will be shared by vocal coach and music educator Andy Anselmo and concert promoter/Kingdom Bound Festival founder Fred Casserta.
The President’s Award will be bestowed upon internationally revered death metal outfit Cannibal Corpse.
The Buffalo Music Hall of Fame Industry Award will honor concert apparel company the New Buffalo Shirt Factory.
An all-star jam session featuring many of the inductees will take place immediately after the induction ceremony.
Doors at the Tralf will open at 6 p.m., and the gala gets under way at 7 p.m. Additional information on the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame, including its induction policies, is available through www.buffalomusic.org.