About the BMHOF
The history of Buffalo Music is as much about the people who have become famous as it is about the continuing contribution to the rich, vibrant culture of Western New York. The immigrants who built the area brought their native music, and through years of blending these cultures, the Buffalo Sound emerged. From the ethnic music of the settlers, to the boom of tavern music in the Erie Canal days, to the rich history of Vaudeville, and to our number one DJ; George “Hound Dog” Lorenz, who was based out of Buffalo and was the first in the world to establish a “rock & roll” station, the Buffalo Sound emerged and has flourished. The scene includes such wonderful institutions as the world-renown Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the historic Colored Musicians Club that helped establish Buffalo as one of the great cities of jazz.
Buffalo and Western New York has created some of the finest musicians in the world that include composers Jack Yellen, Harold Arlen, Ray Evans and David Lee Shire and session musicians Gary Mallaber, Jim Ehinger, Tom Hambridge and Tommy Tedesco, a member of the infamous “Wrecking Crew”. We boast names such as Cory Wells, founder of Three Dog Night, gold record jazz group Spyro Gyra, funk pioneer Rick James, 10,000 Maniacs, singer/songwriter Ani DiFranco, the platinum selling Goo Goo Dolls, Las Vegas stars The Scintas and Clint Holmes, and the Buffalo Bills Barbershop Quartet – stars of Broadway and film in “The Music Man”. This music scene is also bubbling with local talent that would rock any other area of the country. On a weekly basis, players draw huge crowds to venues all over Western New York. We are fortunate to be entertained with some of the best live music in some of the best venues.
The Buffalo Music Hall of Fame, Inc., (BMHOF), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, was created through the region’s musicians and music history for the cultural enhancement and enrichment of the community. To honor these institutions and fine musicians, the BMHOF was established in 1983 and encompasses a population of over 1.3 million people from all five counties of Western New York including Erie, Niagara, Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties. Its mission is to honor, preserve, and protect the diverse musical culture and heritage of Western New York through education, scholarship, and performance and to recognize, via formal induction, those individuals and groups who have made a significant impact on the music scene.
The Buffalo Sound has been evolving for over a century and it continues to grow and lives on today in grand fashion. The BMHOF is dedicated to keeping the sound alive for years to come.