Remembering Ralph! 4th Benefit Concert

The Rochester Music hall of Fame Presents

Remembering Ralph! 4th Benefit Concert

The Campbell Bros, Danielle Ponder, Prime Time Funk, JunkYardFieldTrip, Me&The Boyz & more

Fri 20 Oct

7:00 pm


This event is all ages

Remembering Ralph! 4th Benefit Concert
Remembering Ralph! 4th Benefit Concert
When Rochester bassist Rafael “Ralph” Ortiz passed away suddenly in February of 2009 after a brief battle with cancer, a shocked music community grieved in the way they knew best: by playing music in his honor. More than 70 musicians – all of whom had played with Ralph over the years – came together for a nine-hour concert at Water Street Music Hall that would benefit the Rafael Ortiz Memorial Fund. The Fund covered Ralph’s medical, funeral, and other expenses, but also funded two music scholarships in his name: one for a graduating senior pursuing music studies from Ralph's alma mater, Newark High School ($1,000), and the other for bass lessons at Northfield Music in Pittsford ($500), where Ralph had taught for 20 years.

Since 2009, the Fund has continued to give out annual scholarships, thanks to two more Remembering Ralph concerts in 2010 (Lilac Festival) and 2012 (Corn Hill Festival). In all, the scholarships have totaled over $10,000 and have been awarded to more than a dozen young musicians.

“We’re fortunate to have been able keep the scholarships going as a way to honor a close friend and great musician,” says Remembering Ralph organizer James Richmond, who co-founded the band Prime Time Funk with Ralph more than 20 years ago. “Having the Rochester Music Hall of Fame on board this year means we will be able to continue to give out those scholarships and keep Ralph’s legacy alive.”

“We had been looking to present another great musical event in addition to our annual Induction Ceremony at Kodak Hall in April,” explains RMHF Board Chair Karl LaPorta. “Prime Time Funk has been our ‘house band’ since we began in 2012, so getting involved with this concert seemed like a perfect fit for us.”

Bands scheduled to perform at the Friday, October 20, 7 p.m. event at Anthology (336 East Ave.) are: The Campbell Brothers, Prime Time Funk, JunkYardFieldTrip, and Me & the Boyz. Special guests will include singers Danielle Ponder and Oliver Wiggins.
Venue Information:
336 East Avenue
Rochester, NY, 14604