Philly musical powerhouses to join Walk of Fame in October
A stroll along Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts will reveal more than 100 bronze plaques in the Walk of Fame honoring more than 50 years of the region’s storied music history and contributors.
The list expanded on Thursday when the Philadelphia Music Alliance announced its Class of 2017 inductees: Jill Scott, Sister Sledge, McFadden & Whitehead, Labelle (Patti LaBelle, Sarah Dash and Nona Hendryx), Soul Survivors, Sister Rosetta Tharpe as well as Joe Nicolo and Chris Schwartz of Ruffhouse Records.
“The 2017 honorees represent powerhouse vocals, signature anthems, soulful vibes and production first within R&B, Pop and Rock genres, with an emphasis on powerful and decorated women in music,” PMA Vice Chair Mia Tinari said during the gathering at the Independence Visitor Center, 599 Market St.
In addition, a PMA plaque along the strip will honor Kimmel Center CEO Anne Ewers with the Platinum Award and longtime WOGL radio personality Bob Pantano with the Broadcaster Award.
“It is so great to be a part of Philadelphia’s musical legacy,” said Pantano, host of the city’s No. 1-rated radio show, “Saturday Night Dance Party.”
“A star on Broad Street [for me] a kid from South Philly,” he said. “Who would have thought? I started 50 years ago, going to Temple University as a graduate of Bishop Neumann High School. Fifty years later, I’m in the Walk of Fame.”
The honorees will be formally inducted on Oct. 4 during afternoon public ceremony along the Avenue of the Arts, and their achievement will celebrated later that evening with a gala at The Fillmore Philadelphia near the Fishtown area.
“This year, we are fortunate to be able to illustrate, through our honorees, the soul of the city, and why Philadelphia has been and continues to be the No. 1 city for extraordinary and award-winning talent,” PMA executive board member Randy Alexander said in making the announcement.
For more information, visit philadelphiamusicalliance.org.