In a musical extravaganza at the iconic Loxstock and Barrel, the Niagara Falls Music Hall of Fame introduced the 2018 class of inductees to the Hall of Fame on August 26.
photo taken from Loxstock and Barrel Facebook page
Niagara Falls Music Hall of Fame member Jamie Holka and western New York musician Peter Vincent got the festivities started with a short performance on the new stage out on the patio.
Niagara Falls City Councilman Kenny Tompkins spoke to the crowd before Jim Jeckovich took the stage to perform some Spanish guitar and a little Beatles.
Induction into the NFMHOF is a process that takes a musician’s performance history, musical longevity in the area, musical community service, impact on music as a whole – local to international, and promotion of local musical events into account. This year 22 artists were named as the newest class to the NFMHOF.
Niagara Falls Music Hall of Fame Secretary Joann Simon made the announcement that Ronald Corsaro, Dr. Edward D’Anna, Gregory DeDario, Donald Gais, John “Spider” Martins, Frederick “Freddy” Maruca, Natalo Paella, Anthony “Tony Paone” Paonesso, Felix Visciglia, and Stephen Wielosyznski are all being inducted posthumously as Legacy inductees. The Chicago tribute band “The Beginnings, Joseph Calato Sr, Lewis Custode Jr, Mark Dixon, Carl Filbert, Jack Gavin, Frank “Frankie G” Geracitano, James Jeckovich, Jeff Jeckovich, Perry Novak, Peter Paonessa Jr, and Marcangelo Perricelli have also been named as 2018 Hall of Fame inductees.
As the afternoon progressed into the evening many of the inductees took the stage to jam and play some good old rock and roll. New inductee Lew Custode took the stage with partner Steve Paressi for some Jazz standards and a little Louis Armstrong.
Owners David and DeAnn purchased the building that became Loxstock and Barrel in 1986, but it wasn’t until 2005 that the establishment got its current name.
Originally built in 1925, the building still includes the original Amish wood and tin ceiling. David recently completed construction of the patio and outdoor stage and he has plans to add a dining room to the building.
The 2018 Niagara Falls Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on October 28 at the historic Rapids Theatre. The gala event will include the official induction ceremonies and musical performances by some of the inductees.