The 2015 Philadelphia Music Alliance Gala featured The Roots, Jimmy Fallon, Dionne Warwick, and more!

All Photography: Steph DeFeo

This past Monday, The Philadelphia Music Alliance welcomed their 2015 class of honorees to the Philadelphia Walk of Fame, which took place at Philly’s newest music venue, The Fillmore. The star-studded gala event was hosted by former SNL cast member Joe Piscopo and included an appearance by Jimmy Fallon, who came to formally induct The Roots.

The Philadelphia Music Alliance was founded in 1986 to preserve and promote Philly’s musical legacy as well as to support the current scene. It is no secret that Philadelphia has given birth to some of the world’s greatest music. Frank Giordano, CEO of the Philly Pops and receiver of the PMA  Platinum Award that evening, comments on Philly’s diverse musical history:

“What makes Philly music so special is you start with the Philadelphia orchestra and then you go to the legacy of Eugene Normandy and Gamble & Huff and the Philly sound. There’s such musical diversity here. We also have great venues like the Mann, which is really unique and has music for everyone.”

Frank Giordano chats with Rock On Philly

Frank Giordano chats with Rock On Philly

Jacky Bam Bam, overnight DJ for WMMR, inducted Cinderella into the Philadelphia Walk of Fame and had the honor of accepting the award on their behalf. He chatted with us about his love for the Trammps as well as the state of the Philly music scene:

“The scene just grows and grows and grows. There’s always a scene and there’s always a band in a basement and there are always clubs to play. It’s been going on since Chubby Checker, The Hooters, Tommy Conwell, Cinderella, Britny Fox, Silvertide, and there are still bands getting signed everyday. We have such a rich history in the 215. I feel the love!”

Jacky Bam Bam of WMMR chats with Rock On Philly

Jacky Bam Bam of WMMR chats with Rock On Philly

Jerry Blavat, legendary Philly radio personality and 1993 PMA Honoree, inducted Harvey Holiday at the gala. He sang the praises of one of the world’s finest vocalists Dionne Warwick as well as his hopes for the future of Philly music:

“Philadelphia is a very special place with very special artists. I think Dionne Warwick, without a doubt, is one of the finest vocalists. The hope is that we continue to induct not only great musicians but people in arts organizations that can continue to contribute to the greatness of the arts in Philadelphia. this city was the birthplace of America as well as Rhythm and Blues and Doo- wop.”

Jerry Blavat and Dionne Warwick

Jerry Blavat and Dionne Warwick

Other key moments at the gala included a surprise appearance by D’Angelo, Dionne Warwick inducting Billie Holiday, a performance of “Tomorrow” by Andrea McArdle, and a performance from Philly artist Chill Moody.

Andrea McCardle sings "Tomorrow"

For more on the 2015 Philadelphia Music Alliance Gala, check out our photo gallery below!

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1 Comment

  1. Bryana Natale

    October 30, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    This looks like an amazing event. Philly has so much to be proud of!

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