Thursday, April 23, 2015

Eastman announces 2015-16 Eastman Presents Series

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 at 4:00 AM

The Eastman School of Music has announced its 2015-16 Eastman Presents Series, which will include performances from Wynton Marsalis, Kristin Chenoweth, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. All performances begin at 8 p.m. and will take place in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 26 Gibbs Street.

The series will open on Wednesday, September 30, with The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, and will feature Emmy and Tony Award-winning singer Kristin Chenoweth (October 9); Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra (December 8); soprano Kathleen Battle and pianist Cyrus Chestnut (January 30); Bela Fleck with the Eastman Wind Ensemble (February 26); and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra with pianist Angela Hewitt (April 15).

Season subscriptions go on sale Friday, April 24, at 10 a.m., and can be purchased through the Eastman Theatre Box Office, 433 East Main Street, by phone at 454-2100, or online at eastmantheatre.org.

Single tickets go on sale June 1, except for Kristin Chenoworth, which will go on sale on August 31.

More information can be found at esm.rochester.edu.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Abilene and Record Archive announce 3-day bash

Summertime: it’s not just for lilacs and jazz anymore

Posted By on Thu, Apr 16, 2015 at 4:00 AM

This morning, Abilene Bar & Lounge’s lowly owner, one Danny Deutsch, and Record Archive’s big cheese, Alayna Alderman, rolled out the lineup for the Record Archive’s three-day birthday bash, June 19 through June 21.The bash will take place under the big top at Abilene Bar and Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way.

The bash stars Della Mae with its sensational Grammy-nominated bluegrass (Friday, June 19, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30, $15); Detroit gospel chanteuse Jennifer Westwood and the Handsome Devils (Saturday June 20, 2 p.m., free); Muscle Shoals, T-Bone Burnett disciples The Secret Sisters (Saturday June 20, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., $15); Romantic old-time swing with Rochester faves Miss Tess and the Talkbacks (Sunday, June 21, 2 p.m., free); and honky-tonk prince and songwriting extraordinaire, Hayes Carll (Sunday, June 21, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., $15).

Alderman and Deutsch promised a robust daytime lineup -- these 2 p.m. shows are free. There will also be food vendors and the general hi-jinx associated with Abilene to be announced soon. Watch City Newspaper for more updates.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Lilac Festival announces 2015 music lineup

This year's headliners include Dr. Dog, The Psychedelic Furs, Ana Popovic

Posted By on Wed, Apr 1, 2015 at 4:00 AM

The Rochester Lilac Festival announced the music lineup for its 117th edition, with 65 free shows that will feature a mix of well-known headliners, up-and-coming acts, and regionally-based bands. The 2015 festival will take place Friday, May 8, through Sunday, May 17.

"It's always a delight to plan the musical lineup for the Rochester Lilac Festival," said Jeff Springut, festival producer and president of the Springut Group. "It's a wide-open canvas, a free stage that goes from 10:30 in the morning until 8:30 in the evening."

The headliners anchoring this year's schedule will be: The Outlaws; ZBTB: Zac Brown Tribute Band; The Psychedelic Furs; Dr. Dog; Cracker; Blues Traveler; Rusted Root; Mingo Fishtrap; Charlie Musselwhite; and Ana Popovic.

Beyond the headliners is a group of up-and-coming bands on tour: The Blind Owls; Guthrie Brown and The Family Tree; Pokey LaFarge; Deborah Magone; Adam Ezra Group; Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds; Davina and the Vagabonds; Noble Vibes; Sirsy; The Prickers; and Danielle Ponder & The Tomorrow People.

"Soon our audiences will say, 'I remember when I saw that band at the Rochester Lilac Festival, just before they broke big," Springut said.

The regional acts this year will be: Tommy Brunett; Cool Club with the Lipker Sisters; Natalie B; Fred Vine; Fat City; Anonymous Willpower; Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band; Extended Family; The Buddhahood; Thunder Body; Big Mike & The Motivators; Shine; Prime Time Funk; Joe Beard; The Blind Owl Band; and The Blind spots.

Also, several school choral groups and bands from across the greater Rochester area will perform during the festival.

Music begins daily at 10:30 a.m. (12:30 p.m. on weekend) and continues through 8:30 p.m. Headline concerts begin at 7 p.m. All shows are free. For more information, visit Lilacfestival.com.

The full schedule follows:

Friday, May 8

10:30 am Cosgrove 7th Grade Chorus

11:30 am Passion For Purple Event

12:30 pm TBA

1:00 pm TBA

4:00 pm The Blind Owls

5:30 pm Tommy Brunett

7:00 pm The Outlaws

Saturday, May 9

12:30 pm Cool Club with the Lipker Sisters

1:30 pm Natalie B

2:30 pm The Blind Owls

4:00 pm Guthrie Brown and the Family Tree

5:30 pm Pokey LaFarge

7:00 pm ZBTB: Zac Brown Tribute Band

Sunday, May 10

10:30 am Fred Vine

11:30 am Fat City

12:30 pm Anonymous Willpower

2:30 pm Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band

4:00 pm Deborah Magone

5:30 pm The Blind Owls

7:00 pm The Psychedelic Furs

Monday, May 11

10:30 am Webster Montessori School Chorus

11:00 am Gates Chili Middle School Jazz Band

12:00 pm Bishop Kearney High School: Murder of Crows

1:00 pm Twelve Corners Middle School Jazz Band

4:00 pm Exztended Family

5:30 pm Adam Ezra Group

7:00pm Dr. Dog

Tuesday, May 12

10:30 am St. Joseph’s Elementary School Band

11:00 am Holley Elementary Chorus & Band

12:00 pm School 22

1:00 pm Leroy Central School District Bands

4:00 pm The Buddhahood

5:30 pm Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds

7:00 pm Cracker

Wednesday, May 13

10:30 am Paul Road Elementary School Band

11:00 am Richard Mann Elementary 5th Grade Band

12:00 pm NRCS Select Choir and Wind Ensemble

1:00 pm Twelve Corners Middle School Jazz Band & Select Choir

4:00 pm TBA

5:30 pm Davina and the Vagabonds

7:00 pm Blues Traveler

Thursday, May 14

10:30 am Pal-Mac Select Ensembles

11:30 am Indian Landing Singers

12:15 pm School #19

1:00 pm Northstar Christian Academy

4:00 pm Noble Vibes

5:30 pm TBA

7:00 pm Rusted Root

Friday, May 15

10:30am – 3:00pm Rochester City School District “Bloomin Arts”

4:00pm Sirsy

5:30pm Thunder Body

7:00pm Mingo Fishtrap

Saturday, May 16

10:30 am Clayton Band & Choir

11:30 am Big Mike & The Motivators

12:30 pm TBA

2:00 pm Shine

3:30 pm Prime Time Funk

5:00 pm Joe Beard

7:00 pm Charlie Musselwhite

Sunday, May 17

11:30 am TBA

12:30 pm The Blind Owl Band

2:30 pm The Blind Spots

4:00 pm The Prickers

5:30 pm Danielle Ponder & The Tomorrow People

7:00 pm Ana Popovic

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

XRIJF announces full 2015 lineup

Posted By on Tue, Mar 24, 2015 at 4:00 AM

The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival today announced the full lineup for its 2015 festival, which will run June 19 through June 27.

More than 1500 artists will perform during the festival's 14th edition, including The Steve Gadd Band, which was announced as the final headliner show. Drummer Steve Gadd is a Rochester native and will celebrate his 70th birthday with a performance in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre on Friday, June 26, at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 27, at 10 a.m. Go online at rochesterjazz.com or call 454-2060. Prices range from $64 to $104 plus service charges.

The festival previously announced its other headliners: Diana Krall, Jennifer Hudson, Gary Clark Jr., Herb Alpert with Lani Hall, Tedeschi Trucks Band with Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, and The Steep Canyon Rangers.

Other major artists on this year's lineup include Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue (back for a fifth appearance, and a free performance), Stanley Clarke, Antonio Sanchez, Cecile McLorinSalvant, Saxofour, Wood Brothers, Grace Kelly, The Mavericks (free performance), Blood Sweat and Tears with Bo Bice (free performance), and Los Lonely Boys (free performance).

This year's festival will include a record 93 free shows and events across its nine days.

XRIJF also announced a new Club Pass venue for this year's festival: in the First Church of Christ, Scientist building on East Avenue. The 1000-capacity concert venue will feature acoustic-only, solo shows daily, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., from Sunday, June 21, through Thursday, June 25.

New this year as well is the Squeezers Roots & Americana Stage at the Sibley Building, which the Festival announced last October. The Club Pass venue, on the building's second floor, will feature two shows nightly (7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.).

Other changes this year: Harro East Ballroom will be open for two additional nights with two shows nightly all nine days. Rochester Regional Health System Big Tent will host free 6 p.m. shows with regional big bands (8 p.m. and 10 p.m. shows are still $20 at the door or accessed with a Club Pass). A new smartphone app will be released in May. The Gerry Niewood Scholarship Concert is free on Monday, June 22, at 8 p.m. and will feature the Eastman Jazz Ensemble directed by Bill Dobbins.

Due to construction of the Inner Loop, there is no stage at Alexander Street and East Avenue, and those concerts have been added to the Chestnut Street Stage. And there will be a series of five structured jazz workshops for grade school and high school students on June 22 through June 26.

For more information or to purchase tickets and Club Passes, go to rochesterjazz.com.

A list of the 2015 artists follows. All performances are part of the Club Pass schedule unless otherwise noted as a free show or a ticketed headlining show:

Friday, June 19 Schedule

5:30 p.m.: The New Mastersounds Harro East Ballroom

5:45 p.m.: Bill Dobbins Plays Strayhorn Hatch Recital Hall

6:00 p.m.: Cecile McLorin Salvant Kilbourn Hall

6:00 p.m.: The Rad Trads Montage

6:00 p.m.: David Gibson's Boom Rochester Club

6:00 p.m.: Prime Time Brass RRHS Big Tent (Free)

6:15 p.m.: Kavita Shah Max of Eastman Place

6:30 p.m.: Ranee Lee & Strings Xerox Auditorium

6:45 p.m.: Anthony Strong Christ Church

7:00 p.m.: Goodbyemotel Little Theatre

7:00 p.m.: Spectra East Ave & Chestnut Street Outdoor Stage (Free)

7:15 p.m.: The New Mastersounds Harro East Ballroom

7:30 p.m.: Music Music Music Lutheran Church

7:45 p.m.: The Hillbenders Squeezers Roots & American Stage at The Sibley Building

7:45 p.m.: Bill Dobbins Plays Strayhorn Hatch Recital Hall

8:00 p.m.: Diana Krall Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre (Ticketed)

8:30 p.m.: Jelly Bread RRHS Big Tent

8:45 p.m.: Anthony Strong Christ Church

9:00 p.m.: The Mavericks East Avenue & Chestnut Street Outdoor Stage (Free)

9:00 p.m.: Ranee Lee & Strings Xerox Auditorium

9:15 p.m.: Goodbyemotel Little Theatre

9:30 p.m.: Music Music Music Lutheran Church

9:45 p.m.: The Hillbenders Squeezers Roots & American Stage at The Sibley Building

10:00 p.m.: Cecile McLorin Salvant Kilbourn Hall

10:00 p.m.: Kavita Shah Max of Eastman Place

10:00 p.m.: The Rad Trads Montage

10:00 p.m. David Gibson's Boom Rochester Club

10:00 p.m.: Jelly Bread RRHS Big Tent



Saturday, June 20, Schedule

5:30 p.m.: Grace Kelly Harro East Ballroom

5:45 p.m.: Joey Alexander Hatch Recital Hall

6:00 p.m.: Benny Green Trio Kilbourn Hall

6:00 p.m.: Jeremy Pelt Quartet Montage

6:00 p.m.: Nancy Kelly Rochester Club

6:00 p.m.: 78 RPM Big Band RRHS Big Tent (Free)

6:15 p.m.: Dontae Winslow & Winslow Dynasty Max of Eastman Place

6:30 p.m.: Eric Revis Trio Xerox Auditorium

6:45 p.m.: Andrew McCormack Christ Church

7:00 p.m. Goodbyemotel East Avenue & Chestnut Street Outdoor Stage (Free)

7:00 p.m.: Chet Catallo & The Cats Little Theatre

7:15 p.m.: Grace Kelly Harro East Ballroom

7:30 p.m.: The Splendor Lutheran Church

7:45 p.m.: The Honeycutters Squeezers Roots & American Stage at The Sibley Building

7:45 p.m.: Joey Alexander Hatch Recital Hall

8:00 p.m.: Herb Alpert & Lani Hall Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre (Ticketed)

8:30 p.m.: The Rad Trads RRHS Big Tent

8:45 p.m.: Andrew McCormack Christ Church

9:00 p.m.: Eric Revis Trio Xerox Auditorium

9:00 p.m.: Blood Sweat & Tears with Bo Bice East Avenue & Chestnut Street Outdoor Stage (Free)

9:15 p.m.: Chet Catallo & The Cats Little Theatre

9:30 p.m.: The Splendor Lutheran Church

9:45 p.m.: The Honeycutters Squeezers Roots & American Stage at The Sibley Building

10:00 p.m.: Benny Green Trio Kilbourn Hall

10:00 p.m.: Dontae Winslow & Winslow Dynasty Max of Eastman Place

10:00 p.m.: Jeremy Pelt Quartet Montage

10:00 p.m. Nancy Kelly Rochester Club

10:00 p.m.: The Rad Trads RRHS Big Tent



Sunday, June 21, Schedule

4:00 p.m.: Joey Alexander Theatre at 440 East Avenue

5:30 p.m.: Soul Rebels Harro East Ballroom

5:45 p.m.: Benny Green Hatch Recital Hall

6:00 p.m.: Tessa Souter Kilbourn Hall

6:00 p.m.: New West Guitar Group Montage

6:00 p.m.: Jane Bunnett & Maqueque Rochester Club

6:00 p.m.: Penfield Rotary Big Band RRHS Big Tent (Free)

6:15 p.m.: Kneebody Max of Eastman Place

6:30 p.m.: Raul Midon Xerox Auditorium

6:45 p.m.: Brian Molley Quartet Christ Church

7:00 p.m.: Kat Edmonson Little Theatre

7:15 p.m.: Soul Rebels Harro East Ballroom

7:30 p.m.: Nils Berg Cinemasope Lutheran Church

7:45 p.m.: Shannon & Barrett Squeezers Roots & American Stage at The Sibley Building

7:45 p.m.: Benny Green Hatch Recital Hall

8:30 p.m.: Stephane Wrembel RRHS Big Tent

8:45 p.m.: Brian Molley Quartet Christ Church

9:00 p.m.: Raul Midon Xerox Auditorium

9:15 p.m.: Kat Edmonson Little Theatre

9:30 p.m.: Nils Berg Cinemasope Lutheran Church

9:45 p.m.: Shannon & Barrett Squeezers Roots & American Stage at The Sibley Building

10:00 p.m.: Tessa Souter Kilbourn Hall

10:00 p.m.: Kneebody Max of Eastman Place

10:00 p.m.: New West Guitar Group Montage

10:00 p.m. Jane Bunnett & Maqueque Rochester Club

10:00 p.m.: Stephane Wrembel RRHS Big Tent



Monday, June 22, Schedule

4:00 p.m.: Raul Midon Theatre at 440 East Avenue

5:30 p.m.: Jon Regen Harro East Ballroom

5:45 p.m.: Bob Albanese Hatch Recital Hall

6:00 p.m.: Joe Locke Kilbourn Hall

6:00 p.m.: Kat Edmonson Montage

6:00 p.m.: Harkness Herriott Duo Rochester Club

6:00 p.m.: Jack Allen Big Band RRHS Big Tent (Free)

6:15 p.m.: Jane Bunnett & Maqueque Max of Eastman Place

6:30 p.m.: Such Sweet Thunder Xerox Auditorium

6:45 p.m.: Trio Red Christ Church

7:00 p.m.: Saxofour Little Theatre

7:15 p.m.: Jon Regen Harro East Ballroom

7:30 p.m.: Eivind Opsvik Overseas Lutheran Church

7:45 p.m.: Blue Highway Squeezers Roots & American Stage at The Sibley Building

7:45 p.m.: Bob Albanese Hatch Recital Hall

8:00 p.m.: "Miles Davis Electric Project" Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre (Free)

8:30 p.m.: Soul Rebels RRHS Big Tent

8:45 p.m.: Trio Red Christ Church

9:00 p.m.: Such Sweet Thunder Xerox Auditorium

9:15 p.m.: Saxofour Little Theatre

9:30 p.m.: Eivind Opsvik Overseas Lutheran Church

9:45 p.m.: Blue Highway Squeezers Roots & American Stage at The Sibley Building

10:00 p.m.: Joe Locke Kilbourn Hall

10:00 p.m.: Jane Bunnett & Maqueque Max of Eastman Place

10:00 p.m.: Kat Edmonson Montage

10:00 p.m. Harkness Herriott Duo Rochester Club

10:00 p.m.: Soul Rebels RRHS Big Tent



Tuesday, June 23, Schedule

4:00 p.m.: Kenny Werner Theatre at 440 East Avenue

5:30 p.m.: Holly Cole Harro East Ballroom

5:45 p.m.: George Colligan Hatch Recital Hall

6:00 p.m.: Fred Hersch Trio Kilbourn Hall

6:00 p.m.: Moutin Factory Quintet Montage

6:00 p.m.: Gap Mangione Rochester Club

6:00 p.m.: New Energy Big Band RRHS Big Tent (Free)

6:15 p.m.: Aaron Diehl Trio Max of Eastman Place

6:30 p.m.: Harry Allen Quartet Xerox Auditorium

6:45 p.m.: Cloudmakers Trio Christ Church

7:00 p.m.: Interzone Little Theatre

7:15 p.m.: Holly Cole Harro East Ballroom

7:30 p.m.: Julia Hulsmann Trio Lutheran Church

7:45 p.m.: Rob & Trey Squeezers Roots & American Stage at The Sibley Building

7:45 p.m.: George Colligan Hatch Recital Hall

8:00 p.m.: Gary Clark Jr. & Beth Hart Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre (Ticketed)

8:30 p.m.: Dirk Quinn Band RRHS Big Tent

8:45 p.m.: Cloudmakers Trio Christ Church

9:00 p.m.: Harry Allen Quartet Xerox Auditorium

9:15 p.m.: Interzone Little Theatre

9:30 p.m.: Julia Hulsmann Trio Lutheran Church

9:45 p.m.: Rob & Trey Squeezers Roots & American Stage at The Sibley Building

10:00 p.m.: Fred Hersch Trio Kilbourn Hall

10:00 p.m.: Aaron Diehl Trio Max of Eastman Place

10:00 p.m.: Moutin Factory Quintet Montage

10:00 p.m. Gap Mangione Rochester Club

10:00 p.m.: Dirk Quinn Band RRHS Big Tent



Wednesday, June 24, Schedule

4:00 p.m.: Fred Hersch Theatre at 440 East Avenue

5:30 p.m.: Sonny Knight & The Lakers Harro East Ballroom

5:45 p.m.: Aaron Diehl Hatch Recital Hall

6:00 p.m.: Antonio Sanchez & Migration Kilbourn Hall

6:00 p.m.: Mitch Froman Latin Jazz Quartet Montage

6:00 p.m.: Igancio Berroa & Hilario Duran Rochester Club

6:00 p.m.: Brockport Community Big Band RRHS Big Tent (Free)

6:15 p.m.: Julia Biel Max of Eastman Place

6:30 p.m.: Omer Avital QuintetXerox Auditorium

6:45 p.m.: Troyka Christ Church

7:00 p.m.: Roddy Elias Trio Little Theatre

7:15 p.m.: Sonny Knight & The Lakers Harro East Ballroom

7:30 p.m.: High Definition Quartet Lutheran Church

7:45 p.m.: Seldom Scene Squeezers Roots & American Stage at The Sibley Building

7:45 p.m.: Aaron Diehl Hatch Recital Hall

8:00 p.m.: Jennifer Hudson Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre (Ticketed)

8:30 p.m.: Dana Fuchs Band RRHS Big Tent

8:45 p.m.: Troyka Christ Church

9:00 p.m.: Omer Avital Quintet Xerox Auditorium

9:15 p.m.: Roddy Elias Trio Little Theatre

9:30 p.m.: High Definition Quartet Lutheran Church

9:45 p.m.: Seldom Scene Squeezers Roots & American Stage at The Sibley Building

10:00 p.m.: Antonio Sanchez & Migration Kilbourn Hall

10:00 p.m.: Julia Biel Max of Eastman Place

10:00 p.m.: Mitch Froman Latin Jazz Quartet Montage

10:00 p.m. Igancio Berroa & Hilario Duran Rochester Club

10:00 p.m.: Dana Fuchs Band RRHS Big Tent



Thursday, June 25, Schedule

4:00 p.m.: Bill Charlap Theatre at 440 East Avenue

5:30 p.m.: Dave Douglas & High Risk Harro East Ballroom

5:45 p.m.: Harold Danko Hatch Recital Hall

6:00 p.m.: Theo Croker Kilbourn Hall

6:00 p.m.: Halie Loren Montage

6:00 p.m.: Pilar Rochester Club

6:00 p.m.: Greater Rochester Jazz Orchestra RRHS Big Tent (Free)

6:15 p.m.: Ali Jackson Trio Max of Eastman Place

6:30 p.m.: Stanley Clarke Band Xerox Auditorium

6:45 p.m.: Julia Biel Christ Church

7:00 p.m.: Tedeschi Trucks Band and Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre (Ticketed)

7:00 p.m.: Mama Corn Little Theatre

7:15 p.m.: Dave Douglas & High Risk Harro East Ballroom

7:30 p.m.: Obara International Lutheran Church

7:45 p.m.: Peter Rowan Squeezers Roots & American Stage at The Sibley Building

7:45 p.m.: Harold Danko Hatch Recital Hall

8:30 p.m.: Sonny Knight & The Lakers RRHS Big Tent

8:45 p.m.: Julia Biel Christ Church

9:00 p.m.: Stanley Clarke Band Xerox Auditorium

9:15 p.m.: Mama Corn Little Theatre

9:30 p.m.: Obara International Lutheran Church

9:45 p.m.: Peter Rowan Squeezers Roots & American Stage at The Sibley Building

10:00 p.m.: Theo Croker Kilbourn Hall

10:00 p.m.: Ali Jackson Trio Max of Eastman Place

10:00 p.m.: Halie Loren Montage

10:00 p.m. Pilar Rochester Club

10:00 p.m.: Sonny Knight & The Lakers RRHS Big Tent



Friday, June 26, Schedule

5:30 p.m.: Yellowjackets Harro East Ballroom

5:45 p.m.: Emmet Cohen Hatch Recital Hall

6:00 p.m.: Kurt Rosenwinkel New Quartet Kilbourn Hall

6:00 p.m.: Ikebe Shakedown Montage

6:00 p.m.: Kirk McDonald Quartet Rochester Club

6:00 p.m.: Greece Jazz Band RRHS Big Tent (Free)

6:15 p.m.: Duchess Max of Eastman Place

6:30 p.m.: Arstidir Xerox Auditorium

6:45 p.m.: Denys Baptiste Christ Church

7:00 p.m.: Robin McKelle & The Flytones East Avenue & Chestnut Street Outdoor Stage (Free)

7:00 p.m.: Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio Little Theatre

7:15 p.m.: Yellowjackets Harro East Ballroom

7:30 p.m.: Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra with Ingrid Jensen Lutheran Church

7:45 p.m.: Chatham County Line Squeezers Roots & American Stage at The Sibley Building

7:45 p.m.: Emmet Cohen Hatch Recital Hall

8:00 p.m.: Steve Gadd Band + Surprise Special Guest Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre (Ticketed)

8:30 p.m.: Freshly Ground RRHS Big Tent

8:45 p.m.: Denys Baptiste Christ Church

9:00 p.m.: Los Lonely Boys East Avenue & Chestnut Street Outdoor Stage (Free)

9:00 p.m.: Arstidir Xerox Auditorium

9:15 p.m.: Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio Little Theatre

9:30 p.m.: Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra with Ingrid Jensen Lutheran Church

9:45 p.m.: Chatham County Line Squeezers Roots & American Stage at The Sibley Building

10:00 p.m.: Kurt Rosenwinkel New Quartet Kilbourn Hall

10:00 p.m.: Duchess Max of Eastman Place

10:00 p.m.: Ikebe Shakedown Montage

10:00 p.m. Kirk McDonald Quartet Rochester Club

10:00 p.m.: Freshly Ground RRHS Big Tent



Saturday, June 27, Schedule

3:00 p.m.: Bill Tiberio Band East Avenue & Chestnut Street Outdoor Stage (Free)

4:00 p.m.: Steep Canyon Rangers Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre (Ticketed)

5:00 p.m.: Ikebe Shakedown East Avenue & Chestnut Street Outdoor Stage (Free)

5:30 p.m.: The Wood Brothers Harro East Ballroom

5:45 p.m.: Champian Fulton Hatch Recital Hall

6:00 p.m.: Clifton Anderson Quintet Kilbourn Hall

6:00 p.m.: Renee Rosnes Quartet Montage

6:00 p.m.: Alex Pangman Rochester Club

6:00 p.m.: Rochester Metro Jazz Orchestra RRHS Big Tent (Free)

6:15 p.m.: Katie Ernst Max of Eastman Place

6:30 p.m.: Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra with Ingrid Jensen Xerox Auditorium

6:45 p.m.: Gogo Penguin Christ Church

7:00 p.m.: Culture Clash Little Theatre

7:00 p.m.: Freshly Ground East Avenue & Chestnut Street Outdoor Stage (Free)

7:15 p.m.: The Wood Brothers Harro East Ballroom

7:30 p.m.: Arstidir Lutheran Church

7:45 p.m.: Bobbie Henry & The Goners Squeezers Roots & American Stage at The Sibley Building

7:45 p.m.: Champian Fulton Hatch Recital Hall

8:30 p.m.: The California Honeydrops RRHS Big Tent

8:45 p.m.: Gogo Penguin Christ Church

9:00 p.m. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue East Avenue & Chestnut Street Outdoor Stage (Free)

9:00 p.m.: Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra with Ingrid Jensen Xerox Auditorium

9:15 p.m.: Culture Clash Little Theatre

9:30 p.m.: Arstidir Lutheran Church

9:45 p.m.: Bobbie Henry & The Goners Squeezers Roots & American Stage at The Sibley Building

10:00 p.m.: Clifton Anderson Quintet Kilbourn Hall

10:00 p.m.: Katie Ernst Max of Eastman Place

10:00 p.m.: Renee Rosnes Quartet Montage

10:00 p.m. Alex Pangman Rochester Club

10:00 p.m.: The California Honeydrops RRHS Big Tent

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Rochester Music Hall of Fame announces 2015 inductees

Posted By on Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 4:00 AM

The Rochester Music Hall Of Fame today announced its class of 2015 inductees, which will be celebrated at the Hall of Fame’s induction ceremony at Eastman Theatre on Sunday, April 26.

This year’s inductees are jazz bassist Ron Carter; Gibson Guitar CEO, Henry Juszkiewicz; jazz pianist Gap Mangione; vocalist William Warfield; and 1960's soul sensations, Wilmer & the Dukes. There will also be the unveiling of a new award for graduating high school seniors named after former Eastman School of Music dean, the late Douglas Lowry

The induction ceremony will include performances to commemorate each inductee. With Carter in attendance, guest artists will perform one of his original works. A Gibson All-Star Band is currently being put together to honor Juszkiewicz, but one of the already confirmed musicians is Chris Daughtry, Garmmy-nominated vocalist, guitarist, and frontman for the band Daughtry. Gap Mangione and His New Big Band will perform with guests to be announced. Warfield's nephew, Thomas Warfield, will perform an interpretive dance, and vocalist Jamal Moore will perform "Ol' Man River." And the three surviving members of Wilmer & The Dukes will be in attendance.

Tickets for the fourth annual induction ceremony are on sale now at the Eastman Theatre box office (454-2100) or rpo.org, as well as at Wegmans. Tickets range from $20 to $50. More information can be found at rochestermusic.org.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Last call for Chopsie

Posted By on Tue, Feb 24, 2015 at 4:00 AM

Rochester institution and at one-time, the city's longest running bartender Angelo “Chops” Speranza has died. Speranza, a veteran of D-Day, was also a veteran of the live music scene where shows at the Water Street Music Hall -- when it was known as the Country Warehouse and later as the Horizontal Boogie Bar -- went well with a cocktail or a beer from Chops.

Click here to see what I had to say about Chops back in 2002 when, thanks to Chops, I wasn’t the oldest cat in the room. RIP, pal.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

XRIJF adds three more headliners to 2015 festival

Posted By on Mon, Feb 23, 2015 at 4:00 AM

The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival today announced three more headliners to its 2015 festival. Trumpeter Herb Alpert will be joined by vocalist Lani Hall for an 8 p.m. performance on Saturday, June 20. Tedeschi Trucks Band with soulsters Sharon Jones & the Dap-kings will perform Thursday, June 25, at 7 p.m. And The Steep Canyon Rangers -- who have sold out four XRIJF shows with Steve Martin -- will return on Saturday, June 27, for a 4 p.m. matinee show.

All performances are at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

The festival previously announced headlining shows from Diana Krall, Jennifer Hudson, and Gary Clark Jr. The 14th edition of the XRIJF takes place June 19 through June 27.

The full 2015 XRIJF Club Pass Series lineup, free outdoor stage shows, and a final headliner will be announced on March 24.

Tickets for the recently added shows go on sale Friday, February 27, at 10 a.m. online at rochesterjazz.com. To order by phone call 454-2060.



Herb Alpert and Lani Hall. - PHOTO BY GERRY WERSH
  • PHOTO BY GERRY WERSH
  • Herb Alpert and Lani Hall.

The term "legendary" is appropriate for Herb Alpert. The trumpeter has won nine Grammy Awards -- the latest for his 2013 album, "Steppin' Out" -- and has sold more than 72 million records. He will be joined by his wife, Lani Hall -- herself a Grammy winner -- for the Kodak Hall performance. Tickets range from $33 to $63.



The Tedeschi Trucks Band. - PHOTO COURTESY XRIJF
  • PHOTO COURTESY XRIJF
  • The Tedeschi Trucks Band.

Eleven-piece blues rock act Tedeschi Trucks Band, led by husband and wife, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, came out swinging with its 2012 debut, "Revelator," which won both a Grammy for Best Blues Album and a Blues Music Award for Album of the Year. The Kodak Hall show will be part of the band's "Wheels of Soul" summer tour with Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, who belt out a fiery brand of 1960's and 70's funk and soul revival. Capping it off, blues guitarist and vocalist Doyle Bramhall II will also perform. Tickets range from $70 to $125.



The Steep Canyon Rangers. - PHOTO COURTESY XRIJF
  • PHOTO COURTESY XRIJF
  • The Steep Canyon Rangers.

The Steep Canyon Rangers should be familiar to Jazz Fest patrons. The group has appeared in Rochester numerous times backing comedian and banjoist Steve Martin. The Asheville, North Carolina, bluegrass group won a Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album in 2013 for its eighth record, "Nobody Knows You." Tickets for this show range from $20 to $45.



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Monday, February 16, 2015

Concert Review: Breaking Benjamin at Main Street Armory

Posted By on Mon, Feb 16, 2015 at 4:00 AM

There was a snowstorm warning issued for Rochester on Valentine's Day, but don't tell that to the large crowd gathered inside the Main Street Armory to get a first glimpse at the new Breaking Benjamin. The hard rock band had been on hiatus for the last five years, and after settling a certain amount of drama, the new line-up had chosen Rochester as one of only four cities to play its first electric tour since 2010.

The crowd was ready for a good time as the lights blacked out and a deafening roar arose from the sea of people. After opening with "So Cold," one of Breaking Benjamin's biggest hits, singer and guitarist Benjamin Burnley informed the crowd that he was sick, but that the audience could help by singing the songs with him -- which was met with great approval.

For a while, the band delved into older material from its first album, "Saturate," and the crowd noise died down slightly. However, as soon as Burnley thanked the crowd gave his gratitude, the band exploded with a fan favorite, "Shallow Bay," and the crowd finally let loose and never let up.

The performance was something to behold: Burnley remains one of the most talented and consistent vocalists in alternative metal and hard rock. With his new five-piece band, the music sounded like it came straight off their catalog -- sick vocalist or not. The other band members all played their hearts out and made for solid backing vocalists. One of the shining parts of the band's performance was its harmonies, especially in songs like "You," which was the first song of its encore.

During the end of the first set, Burnley addressed the crowd with minor details about a new album in the works. "We're hoping to bring some rock back with our new album. Keep an eye out," he said, which drew a massive cheer of approval from the masses. Burnley keeps a good sense of honesty in his lyricism, which obviously resonated with the crowd judging by the massive back and forth between him and the crowd. Not only that, he just comes off as a genuinely kind and caring person, which added to the tight-knit feel despite the large crowds.

The night really ended on a peak: During the last song of the encore, "Rain," all of the lights were turned up and the audience started the loudest sing-along of the night. "I want you to sing so loud they can hear it in the neighboring states," Burnley yelled. And it was loud and glorious. From where I was sitting, water had begun leaking through the roof and onto the crowd below. But nobody cared; it was quite fitting to have rain anyway.

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Monday, February 9, 2015

Jennifer Hudson and Gary Clark Jr. added as XRIJF headliners

Posted By on Mon, Feb 9, 2015 at 4:00 AM

Soul vocalist Jennifer Hudson and blues rocker Gary Clark Jr. have been added as headliners to the 2015 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, organizers of the festival announced this morning.

Jennifer Hudson - PHOTO COURTESY XRIJF
  • PHOTO COURTESY XRIJF
  • Jennifer Hudson

Hudson, a Grammy Award-winning singer and Academy Award-winning actress, will perform on Wednesday, June 24. Clark, who is also a Grammy winner, will perform with guest singer Beth Hart on Tuesday, June 23. Both concerts are in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, beginning at 8 p.m.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Thursday, February 12, at rochesterjazz.com, or by phone at 454-2060. Tickets for Hudson are $55-$120 plus service charges; and tickets for Clark and Hart are $33-$63.

The festival announced its first headliner, Diana Krall, in November. Krall will perform two shows on the festival's opening night, Friday June 19, and tickets fro the 4 p.m. matinee show are still available.

The 14th edition of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival will take place June 19 through June 27. Club Passes are now on sale for $194 plus service charges.

Hudson gained notoriety in 2004 as a finalist on "American Idol," and has gone on to have a prominent R&B and acting career, winning a Grammy for her 2008 debut self-titled album. Her sophomore album, "I Remember Me," entered the Billboard Top 200 at No. 2, and her most recent album, 2014's "JHUD," debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard chart. In 2007, Hudson won an Academy Award for her performance in "Dreamgirls."





Gary Clark Jr. - PHOTO COURTESY XRIJF
  • PHOTO COURTESY XRIJF
  • Gary Clark Jr.

With fuzzed out guitars and soul dripping from his voice, Clark won a Grammy in 2014 for his song "Please Come Home." The Austin-based musician isn't contained in just blues and rock, but his music stretches into R&B, soul, pop, and a little bit of hip-hop on his debut studio album "Blak and Blu." Clark will be joined by singer-songwriter Beth Hart, who is preparing to release her 8th studio album, "Better Than Home," in April.





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Friday, January 30, 2015

Concert Review: Dale Watson, Selwyn Birchwood, Rosie Flores, and The Reverend Horton Heat

Posted By on Fri, Jan 30, 2015 at 4:00 AM

I'm convinced Austin, Texas' undisputed king of honky-tonk, Dale Watson had some of the diesel fumes from his tour bus siphoned into Abilene, Monday night. He wanted that packed little honky-tonk -- in its own right -- to have that authentic truck stop feel. Between sips of Lone Star -- "The only beer Jesus drinks," according to Watson -- Watson and his most excellent band, The Lone Stars, played a rousing set of wailin' vintage country with the centerpiece being Watson's dreamy, creamy baritone. And let's not forget the hair: Watson's boss coif is pure white as the Conway Twitty-driven snow. It's downright regal.

The quartet bopped and twanged a generous set as the crowd shifted between thrill and awe. Although he fights the good fight, Watson has given up on country in name only. There's no confusing him with anything but country and its fringes, but the man has gone and coined "Ameripolitan" and left "country" for the plastic pop dogs to savage, ravage, and ruin. Glenn and Amanda behind the bar, chewing gum and talking trash under their bottle-blonde beehives, just added to the beer joint feel -- though the beehives and waitress outfits I swear they were wearing may just have been a product of the diesel fumes on my brain.

I actually saw -- not just heard -- Florida guitar slinger Selwyn Birchwood at Abilene on Wednesday night as he towered over the crowd piled up to the little stage. Management had successfully aired out the diesel and tequila fumes from Monday's show and replaced it with the 6-foot-5 Birchwood's bluesy steam heat. He played a little dirtier this time going with the Muddy Waters slide guitar grease and grit. He says he's influenced by Hound Dog Taylor but I'm yet to hear him pull that out. When he does, then you can talk about grease and gaaa-rit, baby. Hoo-boy. Keep an eye on this tall cat, he's a good 'un.

I got to see Watson twice this week as he warmed the boards for The Reverend Horton Heat at The Tralf in Buffalo with rockabilly filly, Rosie Flores. Flores is a guitar picking legend with the energy and enthusiasm of a 9-year-old on an all sugar and Benzedrine diet. Pulling stuff from her catalogue and punctuating it all with a Sex Pistols cover, Flores horsed her turquoise Tele around masterfully and sang beautifully ensconced in a gold lame coat like Ziggy Flores or Rosie Stardust -- take your pick.

I've seen The Reverend Horton Heat countless times over the years and have to say this was the most random set I've seen him do yet. This is a powerful and tight trio; thundering drums, slap-happy rockabilly bass, and frantic guitar that'll paint the walls with your brains. He pulled out a lot from his latest album "Rev," which honestly isn't my fave, but live, blended in nicely with the classics and mayhem. This is the best stripped down show you'll ever see, not counting the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. The Reverend did not disappoint, and anointed those who braved the sucky weather with some righteous rockabilly guitar. This is the word of the Frank. Amen.

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