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PITTSBURGH – NOVEMBER 12, 2015 – The Pittsburgh-based Cancer Caring Center, which produces and hosts the Pittsburgh Rock 'N Roll Legends Awards, has announced its 2016 slate of nominees. The signature Awards celebration will be showcased at STAGE AE on the North Shore on Thursday, April 28, 2016, and will honor the tremendously talented individuals and organizations that have contributed to the rich history of rock and roll music in the Greater Pittsburgh region, while raising money for the Cancer Caring Center. The event takes on even more significance next year as an official partner in the 2016 Pittsburgh Bicentennial® Celebration. For the third consecutive year, UPMC CancerCenter and UPMC Health Plan are lead sponsors.


Legends nominees were selected by the highly knowledgeable Legends Nominating Committee in four categories this year, with input from the Academy of Voters. The 2016 nominees are:

  1. Modern Era Legends (Solo performer or band with 20+ years in the business – 2 inductees)
  • Billy Price   ● Joe Grushecky   ● Rusted Root   ● The Clarks  **


  1. Music Industry Professional Legends (Producer, promoter, manager, etc., with 20+ years in the business – 1 inductee)
  • Henry DeLuca   ● Joe Rock   ● Pat DiCesare


  1. Legacy Legends (Solo performer or band with 40+ years in the business – 1 inductee)
  • Bobby Vinton   ● The Jaggerz  ● The Skyliners   ● The Vogues **


  1. Music Broadcaster Legends (DJ or VJ with 20+ years in the business – 1 inductee)
  • Chuck Brinkman   ● Sean McDowell   ● Terry Lee


** NOTE: The most successful iteration of any band is the one nominated.


Winners of the 2016 awards will be selected through weighted votes cast by the general public and the Pittsburgh Rock 'N Roll Legends Awards Academy of Voters – which is similar in make-up to the Nominating Committee, and comprised of nearly 200 local producers, promoters, music historians, musicians, media, educators and other music industry professionals. Members of the public can register to receive a ballot by signing up now at until the voting period begins in January. (Only one vote per email address will be allowed; there will be no registrations accepted once voting begins.)  All votes will be reviewed and certified by an independent, volunteer third-party panel of judges comprised of a local CPA, a journalist and a federal court judge, to assure that the voting process is fair and transparent. Winners will be announced in February.

The 2015 honorees were Donnie Iris (Modern Era), Porky Chedwick (Music Industry Professional) and Lou Christie (Legacy). Concert promoter Rich Engler, formerly of DiCesare Engler, was honored as the inaugural inductee in 2014.


The April 28 awards at STAGE AE will feature a number of exciting new elements, special VIPs and guests, an auction and special performances by area All-Star musicians that may include Joe Grushecky, Donnie Iris, B.E. Taylor, Rick Witkowski, Hermie Granati, Billy Price, Ed Manion, Johnny Angel, Rusted Root, Scott Blasey and others.

For more about the Pittsburgh Rock 'N Roll Legends Awards, or to learn more about donating an auction prize, please contact the Center at 412-622-1212 or For information about becoming a sponsor, please contact Ida D'Errico Associates at 724-260-5331 or Any music industry professional wishing to be considered for membership in the Academy of Voters, please email Tickets are on sale now at

About the Pittsburgh Rock 'n Roll Legends Awards

The Pittsburgh Rock 'N Roll Legends Awards is a local registry that honors the tremendously talented individuals and organizations that have contributed to the rich history of rock and roll in the Pittsburgh region. Organizers of the Legends Awards and a team of leading local musicians and industry experts have created an entity that will, over time, recognize many individuals who have played an integral role in making rock and roll music part of the fabric of life in Western Pennsylvania.


The permanent Legends display, created by Wendell August Forge, features a hand-crafted metal guitar and a vibrant and striking painting of the city skyline by highly regarded local artist Johno Prascak. It hangs prominently at the Hard Rock Café in Station Square and will be updated as new Legends members are inducted. Follow the Legends on Facebook and Twitter or visit the website at  The 2016 event is also an official partner in the 2016 Pittsburgh Bicentennial® Celebration.


About the Cancer Caring Center

Since 1988, the Center has been a Pittsburgh-based charity, providing free emotional and social support services to patients and their families. They help those affected by a cancer diagnosis move forward, by offering a wide variety of programming. Services include nearly 20 neighborhood support groups throughout the area, individual and couples counseling, a telephone helpline, a Food Bank for qualifying patients, Reiki, a Young Adult Cancer Support program (YACS), art therapy, "Live Well with Cancer" newsletters and much more. The Center also sponsors Pet Therapy for children at Animal Friends and support groups for children who have a family member with cancer. For more information, visit Follow on Twitter and on Facebook.



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