JOLIET, Ailing. (TOC) — Tunes performed on the stage on the Rialto Sq. Theater on Sunday evening.
They took individuals again in time as Illinois-renowned musical legends took to the stage.
Ron Romero is the founder and govt director of the Illinois Rock and Roll Museum on Route 66 and the guts beat of the museum’s second annual Corridor of Fame induction ceremony.
“I like each considered one of these bands and it is it is a labor of affection,” Romero mentioned.
Sunday evening’s ceremony celebrated, honored and inducted Illinois homegrown musical legends.
This yr’s honorees included Chicago’s smooth rock band New Colony Six, who gave a particular inexperienced room efficiency that grew to become a Quantity One hit on TOC in 1968, and Sam Cooke, additionally Chicago-grown and nationally identified.
“To me, he was simply my uncle,” mentioned Doncella Pamon, Sam Cooke’s niece.
Cooke’s niece mentioned the “King of Soul” and their household take this award to coronary heart.
“He is in lots of completely different ‘Halls of Fame,’ however not in Illinois,” Pamon mentioned. “So to have Chicago in Illinois, saluting considered one of their very own, as a result of he referred to as this residence.”
Different inductees included large names like Dennis DeYoung from Chicago rock band Styx.
“The truth that a it was a constructive affect on peoples lives – It is a outstanding factor,” mentioned DeYoung.
Sunday’s Illinois honorees celebrated affect on an business. And followers celebrated for the way it formed their identities.
“It is a part of my soul. I find it irresistible greater than you may even think about,” mentioned Sharon Gawenda, an occasion attendee and volunteer.
Romero, the museum’s creator and imaginative and prescient behind the live performance, was born from ardour and delight.
“We wish to promote Illinois music we wish to educate individuals what Illinois music is right here. It’s extremely emotional for me. I imply, that is music to me has been all the things. I am a child in a sweet store. I am having fun with this very a lot,” Romero mentioned.
The ceremony and live performance was additionally half of a bigger fundraising effort to assist develop and proceed the mission of Illinois Rock and Roll Museum.
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