MN Music Hall of Fame welcomes six new inductees

NEW ULM — With six new acts entering the hallowed halls of the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame (MMHF), the museum will be hosting its 33rd annual Induction Ceremony and Awards Banquet on Friday.

The event will be held at the New Ulm Conference Center, with a social hour at 5 p.m., a dinner at 6 p.m., and the ceremony itself at 7 p.m.

The inductees are Crow, Pamela McNeill, Johnny Mons, Fritz Otto Reuter, Brian Wicklund, and Dan Witucki. These six acts were drawn from over 450 nominations. sent in by the public.

Crow is a hard rock band from Minneapolis who began performing in 1967. The band was signed to Amaret Records, a label owned by major record label MGM Records. They also had a Top 40 Billboard hit in “Evil Woman (Don’t Play Your Games With Me),” which peaked at No. 19 and was covered by Black Sabbath and Ike & Tina Turner. The band continues to tour.

Pamela McNeill is a producer, singer, and composer based in Minneapolis who has had both a solo career and been the frontwoman for The Fabulous Armadillos. After releasing seven solo studio albums, McNeill is now a music industry operator with Farm to Label Records and continues to tour with The Fabulous Armadillos.

Johnny Mons is a long-time band leader and bass player for both country and rock bands. Midnite Special and Prarie Rose are some of the more notable bands he has captained. He has also been a factor behind the scenes organizing music festivals like Winstock, directing KDUZ Radio in Hutchinson, and coordinating at the Minnesota State Fair.

Fritz Otto Reuter emigrated from Germany and settled in New Ulm in the late 19th century. As an educator, choir director, organist, and composer, Reuter would find his calling as a professor of music at Dr. Martin Luther College, laying the groundwork for decades of musicians and teachers. He is this year’s only inductee from New Ulm.

Brian Wicklund is an award-winning fiddle and mandolin player. He performs individually and with the band Barley Jacks. Wicklund has been a major influence on folk musicians worldwide with his book, “The American Fiddle Method.” He also offers courses and camps through American Fiddle Method, collaborating with artists such as 2023 inductee Becky Buller.

Dan Witucki is this year’s polka and concertina-focused inductee. He performed at Bavarian Blast in 2021 and will be returning in 2024 with his band Mein Heimatland Musikanten. In addition to a long career in Minnesota, Witucki has performed for millions of people thanks to his residency at Disney World in Florida.

Tickets to the induction ceremony are $50 for MMHF member, and $55 for non-members.


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