The western New York Hard Rock Cafe is located in Niagara Falls, but it features much more than the 300 plus pieces of memorabilia on the wall. The Niagara Falls Hard Rock Cafe also includes a special room that is filled with memorabilia of musicians who call Buffalo home; but not just any musicians, this room is dedicated to the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame and its members.
On October 24, the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame celebrated the sixth anniversary of the Buffalo room with food, friends, and of course music.
While old friends chatted in the Buffalo room, the BMHOF band Only Human performed classic rock tunes on the Hard Rock stage in the main room.
Only Human entertained the house with songs from The Beatles to Prince including “With or Without You”, “We Can Work it Out”, “This Magic Moment”, “Somebody’s Baby”, “Running on Empty”, “Boys of Summer”, “Purple Rain”, “Spirit in the Sky”, “In the Air Tonight”, “Two Tickets to Paradise”, “Helter Skelter”, and a rocking instrumental version of “The Star Spangled Banner”.
Along the way some special guests joined Only Human on the stage. BMHOF members Van Taylor, Dan Lorenze, Jim Crean, and Mark Dixon joined in on the celebration with some music.
The BMHOF is about much more than a collection of musicians; among their varied programs is the Lucille and Jack Yellon Songwriting Scholarship which gives young songwriters the opportunity to perform their songs before a live audience with the winning songwriter entering the studio to record their song with professional musicians.
While Only Human took a break the 2019 Yellon Songwriting Scholarship winner Michael DeLano took the stage for a performance of a few of his original songs.
Along with supporting its members and helping to pass the knowledge on to future generations, the BMHOF promotes healing through music with their Music Medics and Music to Remember programs. Members involved with Music Medics visit area hospitals to perform for the patients. The Music to Remember program offers some musical therapy to nursing home and memory care unit patients living with Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
Like the Hard Rock Cafe is more than just a burger joint, the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame offers Buffalo and western New York much more than a list of musicians.
Established in 1983, the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame and currently features over 300 members including some very famous Buffalo natives and former residents including Rick James, Natalie Merchant and 10,000 Maniacs, Ani DiFranco,Tommy Tedesco, Harold Arlen, Cory Wells of Three Dog Night, Brian McKnight, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Spyro Gyra, Take 6, and Aretha Franklin.
To learn more about the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame go to bmhof.org