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Marquette Music Hall of Fame important to local music scene

The Red Room at the Masonic Center was rocking Saturday night as the Class of 2019 for the Marquette Music Hall of Fame was inducted.

Musicians, teachers, a venue, a radio station and even a newspaper reporter were part of this year’s class, the third set of inductees for the hall, which is the brainchild of Cindy Engle, who is founder of the Marquette Music Scene.

The hall is Engle’s way to showcase area musicians and others involved in keeping live music going strong.

The class included The Maynards, a family who has been performing on area stages for more than five decades as well as Radio X (WUPX-WBKX), Northern Michigan University’s college radio station still going strong after 50 years.

Also saluted was the Lumberjack Tavern in Big Bay, a purveyor of live music for decades.

Music educators honored by induction to the hall were Jan Broderson and Dr. Matt Ludwig, both of whom taught in the Marquette Area Public Schools.

A host of musicians were honored as well from Jim Bellmore of Da Yoopers to Mark “Sycamore” Smith who fronted a variety of bands.

And the final honoree of the night was the late Alan “Goofus” Ammesmaki of Negaunee, renown for his support of all things charitable and a performer who played a polka-cello at many sporting events and other occasions.

It was a night to remember for the new hall members and for those in attendance at the celebration.

While the genres of music were varied, the message from most inductees was the same: please support live music.

Saturday’s event — planned by Cindy Engle and Andrew “Bear” Tyler — was a way to do just that and we thank them for all the time and effort put into making the hall induction an evening to remember.

Those who have lived here all their lives might take for granted the amazing music scene in this area.

But showing up to suppot live music is something everyone should try to do, at least from time to time.

We all win when we have great music available to us. Please consider attending a gig, buying a download or some merchandise to keep the area alive with the sound of music.