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There was by no means any doubt that the Rochester Music Corridor of Fame class of 2020, with 5 new names to be celebrated on the April induction live performance, would belong to The Dady Brothers.

Few musicians right here have been so extremely regarded, and for as lengthy, as the standard people duo. They performed coffeehouses and taverns and shared phases with Pete Seeger, Tommy Makem, The Clancy Brothers and Ani DiFranco. Going again to 1979, John and Joe Dady launched 11 albums as a duo, and one solo album apiece. 

Though they’ve been primarily recognized with Irish music, and led yearly excursions to Eire, that label doesn’t do justice to The Dadys. They performed Celtic, bluegrass, Americana, gospel and Christmas favorites. They carried out songs by the Beatles and Bruce Springsteen. They recorded an album of Erie Canal songs, and the soundtrack to a musical about Stephen Foster.

They sang their very own songs as properly, typically reflecting their love for his or her house of western New York. John Dady’s instrumental, “Little Stream,” celebrates the tranquility of fishing, certainly one of his favourite pastimes. Joe Dady’s “My Conesus Cabin Dwelling” captured the country log home the place he lived, and served as a mecca for pilgrimages by native musicians in the hunt for the muse.

So The Dadys’ induction on the 7 p.m. April 26 live performance at Kodak Corridor at Eastman Theatre was inevitable.

The rest of the brand new class, introduced Tuesday morning, provide much less straightforward to divine credentials, however however signify numerous points of Rochester’s contributions to the humanities. 

Two inductees, Mick Guzauski and Michael Laiacona, are among the many prime behind-the-scenes knob twiddlers within the music business. 

Guzauski is a Grammy-winning sound engineer and producer who has labored with most of the largest names within the business, together with Michael Jackson, Prince and Eric Clapton. As a highschool pupil right here, Guzauski labored in a stereo retailer, shopping for used tools that he repaired and put in in a recording studio within the basement of his dad and mom’ home. 

He started recording with two Eastman College of Music college students, bassist Tony Levin and drummer Steve Gadd, earlier than hooking up with Chuck and Hole Mangione. Guzauski adopted Chuck Mangione out to Los Angeles to provide Mangione’s 1975 album, “Chase the Clouds Away,” and he was off and working.

Levin, Gadd, the Mangiones, trumpeter Lew Soloff, the singer-songwriters Don Potter and Bat McGrath and Guzauski have been all part of that tremendous scene of the late 1960s and early ’70s in Rochester, and all are actually within the Rochester Music Corridor of Fame.

After serving to set up MXR guitar results pedals because the main product of its type, in 1975, Laiacona based Whirlwind, which gives know-how for nearly each live performance venue and tour at this time.

The newest Tremendous Bowl halftime present was powered by Whirlwind, which Laiacona began on Boxart Road earlier than shifting the enterprise to Ling Highway in Greece about twenty years in the past.

Additionally becoming a member of the Corridor of Fame is jazz singer Nancy Kelly, a Rochester native who has launched six albums and was named “Greatest Feminine Jazz Vocalist” twice within the DownBeat journal readers’ ballot. She stays a frequent performer within the space.

And the Corridor welcomes jazz drummer and percussionist Roy McCurdy, who was born in Rochester and studied on the Eastman College of Music. By age 17, he was taking part in with Roy Eldridge and Eddie Vinson, and went on to work with Sonny Rollins, Depend Basie, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan.

Every year’s checklist of inductees is formed by who is offered to look on the induction live performance. Large names stay on the checklist: Soprano Renée Fleming is maybe probably the most notable. Vital native rock acts have but to be acknowledged: The Chesterfield Kings and The Colorblind James Expertise. Wang Leehom, an enormous movie star and musician in Taiwan, was born in Rochester and is a Pittsford Sutherland Excessive College grad.

And there are moments that decision for illustration in some method: The Rolling Stones’ Battle Memorial live performance that was halted by police out of worry {that a} riot was breaking out; Pink Creek Inn kicking out a younger and unknown Irish rock band known as U2 that was launching its first American tour right here; an unruly Elvis Costello getting thrown out of Scorgie’s bar; David Bowie and Iggy Pop getting busted for possession of pot. Clearly, the music business has points with Rochester’s authority figures.

The earlier eight Rochester Music Corridor of Fame induction live shows have drawn giant audiences, and the musical performances have performed a job in these successes. Most notably, there was Paul Simon’s shock look for the 2018 induction of Gadd and Levin.

Rochester’s Prime Time Funk will as soon as once more be the home band, and can again Kelly. McCurdy will play as properly, backed by native musicians. 

The musical tribute to Laiacona shall be by Robin Zander, who’s the lead singer of the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame band Low cost Trick, and Grammy-winning guitarist Steve Stevens, maybe greatest often called Billy Idol’s guitarist and co-songwriter within the MTV period of hair rock. Zander and Stevens will do a handful of Low cost Trick and Idol songs. Different performers, together with these for Guzauski’s induction, haven’t but been introduced.

John Dady will even play, joined by musicians from Rochester and New York Metropolis. And that second will nearly definitely be the emotional core of the night, after Joe Dady handed away final 12 months at age 61 from a uncommon type of leukemia.

As Rochester natives, The Dady Brothers estimated they’d performed 7,000 reveals over some 45 years. They ran a couple of open-mic nights in Rochester, serving to younger musicians get their toes underneath their very own careers. John performed guitar. Joe mastered fiddle, guitar, banjo, tin whistle, harmonica and uilleann pipes. Each males sang as properly.

They appeared on many recordings by native gamers, in addition to a compilation album of musicians collaborating with Seeger. They shared a stage with Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, The Band’s Rick Danko, Arlo Guthrie, Kate Wolf, Johnny Paycheck, Papa John Creech, Jay Unger and Molly Mason and Cherish The Girls.

As Joe’s well being deteriorated, John made stem cell donations within the hope of preventing off the leukemia. The process didn’t halt the illness. Joe Dady died on Might 18, in a room along with his brother and relations holding his hand. 

The next November, a celebration of Joe Dady’s life that includes performances of Dady songs and a few of Joe’s favourite tunes, packed Hochstein Efficiency Corridor. And that emotional but upbeat night was a transparent reminder that The Dadys had been ignored by the Rochester Music Corridor of Fame for too lengthy.

Tickets begin at $31 and can be found at

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Jeff Spevak is WXXI’s Arts & Life editor and reporter. He may be reached at

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