9 musical artists inducted into the 2021 Buffalo Music Hall of Fame

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) – A tribute to some local music pioneers here in western New York.

The Buffalo Music Hall of Fame announced its inductees for 2021 on Tuesday morning.

The announcement was made at its new headquarters on Amherst Street in Buffalo, where a groundbreaking ceremony was also held.

When you browse the inductee roster, you can see Buffalo’s progress both musically and culturally. You can see the story of a city that is constantly adding to its identity and not just resting on its laurels, ”said Johnathan Vera of the Buffalo Hall of Fame.

The new class includes nine inductees from a wide range of musical genres.

This includes; Edie Lehmann Boddicker, who works in films, commercials and TV shows; Scott Celani, who plays at college clubs and festivals throughout the region; Bob Leatherbarrow, a studio drummer who has performed with many jazz greats, the “Rick James Stone City Family, formed by the King of Punk Funk in 1978. The others are Juini Booth, Steve Fister, Richie Merlo and Maria Sabastian.

We spoke with two of the new Hall of Fame members, who told 7 Eyewitness News that they were honored and humbled.

It is the ideal home of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame as its new head office has moved to Buffalo from Niagara Falls.

“To be honored by the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame, I am very touched and grateful and this is a wonderful growing community, and we have so much to offer,” said Robin Grandin, Buffalo Hall of Fame inductee 2021. “It means everything and I am so grateful for all the friends, family and musician friends, and all the music that I have been able to create during this time and will continue to create.”

The musical organization has unfolded with the nine new inductees this year.

Grandin said: “It means everything and I am very grateful for all the friends, family and musician friends, and all the music that I have been able to create during this time and will continue to create.”

The singer-songwriter has toured the United States and Canada with his Nashville band “Hurricane Jane”.

Grandin, who is also an instrumentalist, has released four albums and has written over 360 originals.

Grandin said, “We have so many plans for the headquarters of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame here, and that includes workshops, seminars, functions and events. It means we have a presence here in the community and that. is extremely exciting because after all, the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame, our music is heard all over the world. “

Guitarist, LeRoi Johnson, receives his second inducted into the Hall of Fame, but this time he’s part of the musical group: The Rick James Stone City Family. said LeRoi Johnson. “It’s important to recognize these people who were part of the family. It takes a family to be a star.”

Johnson thinks bringing out the funk and switching to the pop culture theme was awesome.

“We worked with someone like the Temptations – it’s a band that I grew up listening to and to be able to bring this band back to life was really important to us,” Johnson said.

He added that the musical group had made an impact in opening MTV to a diverse audience.

“It’s one of the things that I think back on and say, we did it. We took on MTV which was just a platform for rock n ‘roll, and we made them, forced them to move to a diverse and inclusive platform, ”Johnson said.

The new head office is located at 340 Amherst Street in Buffalo.

William N. Fernandez