RAMIs Hall of Fame Winners

RAMIs Hall of Fame Winners


As promised in last week’s coverage of the April 18th RAMIs, here are the RAMIs Hall of Fame winners and some pictures from the Metro Centre awards ceremony. Unfortunately, space limitations held them over until this week.

Mike Castronovo: Rockford native Mike Castronovo always enjoyed playing music. As owner of Studio B Digital Recording, Castronovo has spent the past 21 years recording music everyone can enjoy. A 12-year member of EARS (Engineering and Recording Society of Chicago), Castronovo has written trade articles for several trade magazines including Mix, Recording Engineer and Producer and Transonic Hacker. With the support of his wife Deb and daughters Lisa and Amy, Castronovo continues to offer his years of experience to make each recording a masterpiece.

True II Society: As mainstream rappers, True II Society has shared the stage with Geto Boys, Ice Cube, Bobby Brown, De La Soul, and Heavy D. Now Christians, True II Society shares the stage with Christ.

Charlotte’s Web for the Performing Arts: Charlotte’s Web for the Performing Arts was organized in 1989 by a group of artists and community leaders who wished to continue the tradition of the “old” Web, a nationally recognized concert club which featured the best of local and national folk, blues, jazz, world music and theater. Based in Rockford Ill, the Web programs 4 to 6 shows a month in venues described above. They also do a monthly children’s show. Being “portable,” Charlotte’s Web utilizes many excellent facilities in Rockford, which are chosen by the ambiance and audience capacity for each event. Their “season” runs from about the end of September or early October through the middle of May. The 4000-plus past performances have had an impressive guest list including such celebrities as: Jim Post, James Lee Stanley, Michael Johnson, Tom Dundee, Dizzy Gillespie, Odetta, Buddy Rich, Chick Corea, Kenny G., Doc Watson, Bill Monroe, Koko Taylor, Henny Youngman, Timothy Leary, Stephen Grappelli, Robert Fripp, and a host of other well-known and respected artists and performers.

The Web has received many local awards for its role in the community: The 1996 Best of Rockford Award for continuing contribution to the arts, Rockford magazine; The 1996 Heart of Rockford Award for personal commitment from the Rockford Central Area Commission; The 1997 Race Unity Award for promoting diversity in the Bahai Community; The 1997 Best Musical Outreach Organization from Rockford Area Music Industry Award, the 1994, 1st place from the North American Folk Alliance for outstanding achievement in audience development, education and outreach activities.

Charlotte’s Web for the Performing Arts is partially funded by grants from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; the Rockford Area Arts Council with the City of Rockford; and by your contributions. Charlotte’s Web participates in Project Full House.

Dorothy Paige-Turner & The Joel Ross Quartet: Dorothy Paige-Turner is a versatile vocalist whose talents range from music educator to performer. As a recording artist, Paige-Turner has several albums to her credit. Some of these projects include performances on both background vocalist and arranger both with local artists and commercial jingles. Working with some of the most talented musicians in the Rockford area including E. Faye Butler and the Joel Ross Quartet, all of Paige-Turner’s albums have received positive acclaim and rave reviews.

Carl Cole: Known as Mr. C by young and old, Carl Cole is best known for making a difference. An accomplished pianist, composer, arranger, producer and educator, Cole has shared his inspirational and educational music performances for almost 30 years. Although Cole has received many community awards and a great deal of media recognition, success for him is not counted in material wealth, but in spiritual richness. Cole has made a life of bringing joy and hope to others through the universal language of music.

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