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 Post subject: Vote for Donnie Iris - Pittsburgh Rock 'N Roll Legend Award
PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2015 9:49 am 
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Pittsburgh Rock 'N Roll Legend Awards nominees announced
Public can vote now through March 9
February 23, 2015 9:10 AM

By Scott Mervis / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The nominees have been announced for the second annual Pittsburgh Rock 'N Roll Legends Awards, which launched last year by inducting promoter Rich Engler.

One individual or group will be inducted from each of the following categories:

Modern Era Legends (Groups or solo artists with 20-plus years in the business):

• Billy Price: Lead singer for guitarist Roy Buchanan for three years and founder of the Keystone Rhythm Band and the Billy Price Band.

• Donnie Iris: Frontman for the Jaggerz, Wild Cherry and Donnie Iris and the Cruisers.

• Joe Grushecky: Frontman of the Iron City Houserockers and Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers.

• Rusted Root: Platinum-selling "tribal rock" band best known for "Send Me on My Way."

Non-performer/music professional (Individuals with 20-plus years in the business)

• Joe Rock: Manager of Skyliners and Jaggerz; formed the Skyliners and wrote the lyrics to their hits "Since I Don't Have You” and "This I Swear."

• Nick Cenci: Founded Co & Ce Records with Herb Cohen and launched the careers of Lou Christie and the Vogues.

• Pat DiCesare: Longtime concert promoter and songwriter who played a major role in bringing the Beatles to Pittsburgh in 1964.

• Porky Chedwick: "Daddio of the Raddio," Pittsburgh radio icon and one of the first DJs to present racially diverse music in a major city.

READ on the blog: “Rock 'N Roll Legends Awards and How I will vote” by Scott Mervis

Legacy Legends (Groups or solo artists with 40-plus years in the business)

• Del Vikings: Doo-wop group famed for the songs "Come Go with Me," "Whispering Bells" and “Cool Shake.”

• Lou Christie: Singer/songwriter known for his distinctive falsetto on such hit singles as “Lightnin' Strikes," “The Gypsy Cried,” “Two Faces Have I.”

• Skyliners: Group that produced the hits “Since I Don’t Have You” and “This I Swear.” Also considered to be the first doo-wop group to feature a string arrangement.

Winners will be selected through votes cast online by the Legends Nominating Committee, the public and the Pittsburgh Rock ‘N Roll Legends Awards Academy of Voters.

The public can register to vote for their favorite nominees at http://www.PittsburghRockLegends.com now through March 9 at 11:59 p.m. Once registered, public voters will receive a ballot via email within 24 hours (one vote per person only).

Winners will be announced March 19.

The ceremony, called “Rock ‘N Rolling over Cancer,” takes place April 23 at the Hard Rock Cafe, Station Square, sponsored by UPMC/UPMC Health Plan and benefiting the Pittsburgh-based Cancer Caring Center.

It will feature special VIPs and performances by Pittsburgh-area all-star musicians, such as Joe Grushecky, Donnie Iris, B.E. Taylor, and Rick Witkowski.

Tickets ($200 for VIP and $150 for general admission) are on sale at http://www.PittsbughRockLegends.com. More information is also available at that website.


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http://www.pittsburghrocklegends.com

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 Post subject: Re: Vote for Donnie Iris - Pittsburgh Rock 'N Roll Legend Award
PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2015 6:10 pm 
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I voted! U:) Did you vote for anybody in the other two categories?

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 Post subject: Re: Vote for Donnie Iris - Pittsburgh Rock 'N Roll Legend Award
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I did vote for all the categories.

I think I voted for the Skyliners and Porky Chedwick.

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 Post subject: Re: Vote for Donnie Iris - Pittsburgh Rock 'N Roll Legend Award
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Same here, actually. Some good choices overall, but I think Donnie has to get in before the other modern era candidates (might be biased, though). Grushecky's got my vote for next year, though.

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 Post subject: Re: Vote for Donnie Iris - Pittsburgh Rock 'N Roll Legend Award
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Same here, actually. Some good choices overall, but I think Donnie has to get in before the other modern era candidates (might be biased, though). Grushecky's got my vote for next year, though.


I think it'd be pretty silly if Rusted Root were to get in before Donnie.

It would be like making a mockery of the awards ceremony they invented right out of the gate.

Putting Donnie in gives it a ton of credibility.

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 Post subject: Re: Vote for Donnie Iris - Pittsburgh Rock 'N Roll Legend Award
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Congratulations to Donnie Iris on being inducted as a Pittsburgh Rock 'N Roll Legend!

Donnie will be inducted on April 23rd at the 2nd annual awards ceremony.

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Congrats to the King of Cool!

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 Post subject: Re: Vote for Donnie Iris - Pittsburgh Rock 'N Roll Legend Award
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The 2015 Pittsburgh Rock Legends awards were a rousing success. It really was a fun, top notch event and it was very well put together.

All of the performances were excellent, and of course Donnie brought the house down with performances of "Ah! Leah!", "Love Is Like A Rock" and "The Rapper". Donnie even did a pre-show acoustic version of "Ah! Leah!" with Rick Witkowski in the outside tent.

All in all, a great night to see a true Pittsburgh rock and roll legend finally recognized as such!


Some media coverage from the night:

http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/music/20 ... 1504220226

http://www.timesonline.com/entertainmen ... cd246.html

http://www.timesonline.com/columnists/s ... 19d2f.html

The are pictures of the event over on the Parallel Time Facebook page.

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 Post subject: Re: Vote for Donnie Iris - Pittsburgh Rock 'N Roll Legend Award
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Thought it would be worth mentioning that the next group of nominees was announced today. The Jaggerz are included in the "Legacy Legends" category.

Post-Gazette article with full list:
http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/music/20 ... 1511120138

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 Post subject: Re: Vote for Donnie Iris - Pittsburgh Rock 'N Roll Legend Award
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Thanks for the info!

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 Post subject: Re: Vote for Donnie Iris - Pittsburgh Rock 'N Roll Legend Award
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You're welcome. Looking forward to voting again!

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