Engler named first inductee to Pittsburgh rock hall of fame

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Promoter Rich Engler will be the first inductee into the Pittsburgh Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame, created by the Hard Rock Cafe and the Cancer Caring Center.

Each year an influential member of the Pittsburgh rock scene will be honored with an induction ceremony and a plaque that will be mounted at the Hard Rock Cafe.

Mr. Engler, originally of East Deer, started as a drummer for the band the Grains of Sand before going on to a successful career as a concert promoter with DiCesare-Engler Productions.

The ceremony will be held Jan. 23 at the Hard Rock, Station Square, with a performance by a band of Pittsburgh all-star rockers including Joe Grushecky, Donnie Iris, B.E. Taylor, Scott Blasey, Hermie Granati, Rick Witkowski, Joffo Simons and Art Nardini.

Presenting the award will be Joel Peresman, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, who is a Mt. Lebanon native and a former employee of DiCesare-Engler Productions.

Sean McDowell (of WDVE-FM) and Steve Hanson (formerly of WDVE) will emcee the event, which will include a video retrospective of Mr. Engler's career produced by Ed Traversari.

A silent auction for autographed rock memorabilia will be held. General admission tickets are $150 for the 6:30 p.m. show. VIP tickets for a cocktail reception at 5:30 are $200.

Proceeds will go to the Cancer Caring Center, which has provided free services to cancer patients and their families for 25 years.

Go to Cancercaring.org.

Scott Mervis: smervis@post-gazette.com or 412-263-2576.

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