Pittsburgh Rock ‘N Roll Legends Revealed!

THE VOTES ARE IN! Rock and roll fans have spoken by submitting their ballots in four very hotly contested categories between February 10 and February 22 to select the newest inductees for the 2016 Pittsburgh Rock ‘N Roll Legends Awards! The honorees selected by the Legends Academy of Voters and public fan voters are as follows:
A. Modern Era Legends (Solo performer or band with 20+ years in the business – 2 inductees)
JOE GRUSHECKY: A 2014 Heinz History Center History Maker, Grushecky is a prolific songwriter, singer and guitarist who’s released 18 albums as the leader of the Iron City Houserockers or as a solo artist, often co-writing and appearing with Bruce Springsteen, who’s called him “a tremendous musician and writer.”
BILLY PRICE: East coast blue-eyed soul man who’s entertained audiences for decades; has released 15 albums. An institution in Pittsburgh and blues clubs all along the East Coast, he toured nationally as lead singer for guitarist Roy Buchanan for three years, and was vocalist on Buchanan’s LPs. He was recently nominated for best soul blues album in the 37th Annual Blues Music Awards, for his collaborative album “This Time for Real” with soul legend Otis Clay.
B. Music Industry Professional Legends (Producer, promoter, manager, etc., with 20+ years in the business – 1 inductee)
PAT DICESARE: Concert promoter and songwriter; played a pivotal role in bringing the Beatles to the Civic Arena in September 1964. Co-founded DiCesare-Engler Productions (DE) with Rich Engler in 1973, one of the top-grossing concert promoters in the U.S., bringing great music to Western PA for over 20 years. DE’s venue, the Stanley Theatre, was named the top mid-sized concert theater in the country by Billboard Magazine.
C. Legacy Legends (Solo performer or band with 40+ years in the business – 1 inductee)
(Note: The most successful iteration of the band is the one being honored.)
THE SKYLINERS: Many lists of the top all-time Doo Wop songs rank “Since I Don’t Have You” as the number four ballad, and also include “This I Swear,” another major Skyliners’ song. Other top hits include “Pennies from Heaven,” “It Happened Today,” “Close Your Eyes,” and “Comes Love.”
D. Music Broadcaster Legends (DJ or VJ with 20+ years in the business – 1 inductee)
SEAN MCDOWELL: Has been at WDVE, Pittsburgh’s leading rock radio station, for nearly 23 years, where he’s been the very popular afternoon drive DJ since April, 1993. He’s spent his entire radio career in the Pittsburgh area since joining WYDD in 1978. He’s a rock ‘n’ roll and radio fan and historian, with a wealth of knowledge – especially about Pittsburghers.The third annual signature Awards celebration will be held at STAGE AE on the North Shore on Thursday, April 28, 2016. The event takes on even more significance this year as an official partner of the 2016 Pittsburgh Bicentennial® Celebration. For the third year, UPMC CancerCenter/UPMC Health Plan are lead sponsors. Tickets are on sale now!

THE VOTES ARE IN! Rock and roll fans have spoken by submitting their ballots in four very hotly contested categories between February 10 and February 22 to select the newest inductees for the 2016 Pittsburgh Rock ‘N Roll Legends Awards! The honorees selected by the Legends Academy of Voters and public fan voters are as follows:

A. Modern Era Legends (Solo performer or band with 20+ years in the business – 2 inductees)
JOE GRUSHECKY: A 2014 Heinz History Center History Maker, Grushecky is a prolific songwriter, singer and guitarist who’s released 18 albums as the leader of the Iron City Houserockers or as a solo artist, often co-writing and appearing with Bruce Springsteen, who’s called him “a tremendous musician and writer.”
BILLY PRICE: East coast blue-eyed soul man who’s entertained audiences for decades; has released 15 albums. An institution in Pittsburgh and blues clubs all along the East Coast, he toured nationally as lead singer for guitarist Roy Buchanan for three years, and was vocalist on Buchanan’s LPs. He was recently nominated for best soul blues album in the 37th Annual Blues Music Awards, for his collaborative album “This Time for Real” with soul legend Otis Clay.
B. Music Industry Professional Legends (Producer, promoter, manager, etc., with 20+ years in the business – 1 inductee)
PAT DICESARE: Concert promoter and songwriter; played a pivotal role in bringing the Beatles to the Civic Arena in September 1964. Co-founded DiCesare-Engler Productions (DE) with Rich Engler in 1973, one of the top-grossing concert promoters in the U.S., bringing great music to Western PA for over 20 years. DE’s venue, the Stanley Theatre, was named the top mid-sized concert theater in the country by Billboard Magazine.
C. Legacy Legends (Solo performer or band with 40+ years in the business – 1 inductee)
(Note: The most successful iteration of the band is the one being honored.)
THE SKYLINERS: Many lists of the top all-time Doo Wop songs rank “Since I Don’t Have You” as the number four ballad, and also include “This I Swear,” another major Skyliners’ song. Other top hits include “Pennies from Heaven,” “It Happened Today,” “Close Your Eyes,” and “Comes Love.”
D. Music Broadcaster Legends (DJ or VJ with 20+ years in the business – 1 inductee)
SEAN MCDOWELL: Has been at WDVE, Pittsburgh’s leading rock radio station, for nearly 23 years, where he’s been the very popular afternoon drive DJ since April, 1993. He’s spent his entire radio career in the Pittsburgh area since joining WYDD in 1978. He’s a rock ‘n’ roll and radio fan and historian, with a wealth of knowledge – especially about Pittsburghers.The third annual signature Awards celebration will be held at STAGE AE on the North Shore on Thursday, April 28, 2016. The event takes on even more significance this year as an official partner of the 2016 Pittsburgh Bicentennial® Celebration. For the third year, UPMC CancerCenter/UPMC Health Plan are lead sponsors. Tickets are on sale now!
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