Saturday, June 20, 2015

Jazz Fest 2015, Day 1: Ron reviews Cecile McLorinSalvant, Bill Dobbins, and Music Music Music

Posted By on Sat, Jun 20, 2015 at 4:00 AM

Cecile McLorin Salvant had been singing the songs of the early 20th century for her entire set at Kilbourn Hall Friday night. But for her final tune, she decided to step right back into that era. With all the microphones turned off, she launched into a totally acoustic rendition of Bessie Smith's "Blue Spirit Blues." It transported the music back to its essence. With no power, it was the most powerful song of the night.

McLorin Salvant is a singer of remarkable range in so many ways. She sang from deep in the lower register all the way up to soprano, her voice went from a whisper to a shout, and her emotions ranged from somber to ebullient. Aside from her own strong composition, "Woman Child," she covered standards with an emphasis on the songs of Cole Porter. There were familiar Porter tunes -- "So In Love" and "I Get A Kick Out Of You" -- but McLorin Salvant digs deeper than that. She sang one I've never heard before, basically a female protest song titled "Most Gentlemen Don't Like Love."

Great song choices and a magnificent voice are just part of a McLorin Salvant concert. She seems to view every song as a world unto itself and she enters that world. So, when singing tunes like "Glitter and Be Gay" and "Laugh Clown Laugh" she builds in no shortage of drama.

Her group -- Aaron Diehl, piano; Paul Sikivie, bass; and Lawrence Leathers, drums -- was sensitive to every nuance of her performance. Diehl was especially strong when soloing on "Lonely Town." He'll be back for his own XRIJF concerts on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Bill Dobbins performed a tribute to Strayhorn at Hatch Recital Hall as part of the 2015 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival. - PHOTO BY MARK CHAMBERLIN
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  • Bill Dobbins performed a tribute to Strayhorn at Hatch Recital Hall as part of the 2015 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.

Over at Hatch Hall, Eastman School of Music Professor Bill Dobbins was celebrating the centennial year of the composer Billy Strayhorn. It was a scholarly presentation with lots of footnotes about the tunes, but this scholar has some great piano chops. There was no "Lush Life" here; Dobbins delves much deeper into the more obscure parts of Strayhorn's oeuvre. It's a safe bet most members of the audience were hearing tunes like "Boll Weevil Ballet" for the first time.

Another great composition, new to me, was "Hearsay," an evocative movement from his (and Duke Ellington's) "Deep South Suite." But there were also songs like "Johnny Come Lately" and "All Day Long," compositions just as brilliant, but also ripe for Dobbins' fanciful improvisation.

I ended the night with Music Music Music at the Lutheran Church. It was a pretty laid-back affair, with not a whole lot of pyrotechnics. When the trio played "a blues" it was, shall we say, a Scandinavian blues -- not bad but kind of frilly. The band was best (for me) when it was interpreting a tune I knew, like a reinvention of "What A Wonderful World." But the best performance of the concert was, not surprisingly, when they played their namesake: "Music Music Music."

I'll begin Saturday evening at Kilbourn Hall with pianist Benny Green. Then I'll go around the corner to Hatch Hall to catch the world's latest keyboard wunderkind, Joey Alexander. He's from Indonesia but has the technique of a 1950's-era American jazz pianist. Then I'll head over to Christ Church for the third pianist of the evening, Andrew McCormack, and his band.

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Jazz Fest 2015, Day 1: Frank reviews Diana Krall, David Gibson's "Boom," and Mavericks

Posted By on Sat, Jun 20, 2015 at 4:00 AM

Diana Krall performed two shows in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre during the 2015 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival. - PHOTO BY FRANK DE BLASE
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  • Diana Krall performed two shows in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre during the 2015 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.

I've debated for years whether Diana Krall's poker face was out of boredom or the fact the chick is pretty damn cool. Krall's 4 p.m. matinee at Kodak Hall? Boredom. She was rather unfocused and bored. Now in her defense, the sold-out crowd was a cadaver convention and it's hard to vibe off a bunch of stiffs. But Krall did not play a theater-level set but rather grabbed the air for tunes as if taking requests at a three-set gin joint engagement. Songs by Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, and The Eagles mixed as best they could along with the Fats Waller and Nat King Cole we've come to expect. Don't get me wrong, it was by no means a crumby show. Her band was in the pocket -- especially the guitarist --and her voice still winds me every time; it just struck me as a bit slapdash.

Slipped over to The Rochester Club to dig David Gibson's "Boom." The band hit the stage like a splashdown with an exuberant and flashy display. Jaws dropped with surprise when trombone and trumpet played the same melody and didn't play the same melody at the same time. I know that doesn't make any sense, but I was there and I saw it. The quintet certainly made the music go "boom."

I'm not one to concern myself with a band's fashion too much, really, but the Mavericks looked like a thrift store Easter parade during the band's fantastic set on the East and Chestnut main stage. With outfits that ranged from slick caballero to day-glo rude boy, the band mixed tejano with a little oom-pa-pa push beneath a slick countrypolitan veneer. Singer Raul Malo is right up there with Roy Orbison and Marty Roberts with his achingly beautiful voice full of heartbreak and heart repair. He banged a sweet take on "Blue Bayou" into the cheap seats as well as a handful of Maverick hits. Great show, jack. No boredom here.

Onto day 2 ... stay with me.

The Mavericks during the 2015 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival. - PHOTO BY FRANK DE BLASE
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  • The Mavericks during the 2015 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.

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Jazz Fest 2015, Day 2: Frank reviews Grace Kelly, Chet Catallo, and Herb Alpert

Posted By on Sat, Jun 20, 2015 at 4:00 AM

Before we kick off into this evening's festivities I forgot to tell you about the Sauce Boss and his set last night on the Jazz Street stage. Well, he was on fire and I'm not just talking about his kitchen shtick where he's rockin' while a big pot of gumbo is cookin' which he serves to the crowd like that loaves and fishes tale in the Bible. The Sauce Boss plays some hellacious and greasy slide blues while operating the drums with his feet. It was hot and spicy and satisfying ... the music that is; hey, I ain't a food critic.

Grace Kelly performed at Harro East Ballroom during the 2015 Jazz Festival. - PHOTO BY FRANK DE BLASE
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  • Grace Kelly performed at Harro East Ballroom during the 2015 Jazz Festival.

The line to see Grace Kelly's 5:30 show at the Harro East Ballroom wrapped around the parking lot and down the street. I went inside to see what's what. Suffice it to say, it wasn't for me. She was bubbly and fun, and though dressed like a roller derby girl with a sax, Kelly was entirely too smooth for me so I evaporated and headed to the Little Theatre for Chet Catallo. Lately he's been picking the blues at jams around town, but tonight's set was boisterous and boppin' with Catallo leading a stage full of musicians themselves full of precision, groove, and polyrhythm. The dynamics were impressive and hairpin as the band quickly found its legs.

Who would have known that a few short hours later I'd be singing with Herb Alpert. Alpert and his wife, Lani Hall, and his excellent band created a beautiful night full of reminiscence and song. Alpert wondered aloud where had melody gone before digging in to the melody he has graced the world with for years. At 80, Alpert was limber and spry as he effortlessly sent brassy and classy salvos to the rafters. His tone was baby bottom smooth and jazz cool. He was reluctant to sing "This Guy's In Love With You" but relented as long as the audience joined in. What a sweet treat. The show was full of big band swing, jazz standards, pop, and Brazilian jazz-pop. Hall was spot on and equally charming as her trumpet-wielding ball and chain, as she intoned in English and Portuguese. The whole show -- and its three encores -- was truly a taste of honey.

Herb Alpert performed with Lani Hall during his XRIJF Kodak Hall show on Saturday, June 20. - PHOTO BY FRANK DE BLASE
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  • Herb Alpert performed with Lani Hall during his XRIJF Kodak Hall show on Saturday, June 20.

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Jazz Fest 2015: Meet City's jazz bloggers

Get to know Ron, Frank, Daniel, and Jake

Posted on Fri, Jun 19, 2015 at 4:00 AM

Ron Netsky
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This year's Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival opens with one of my favorite artists from last year's XRIJF, Cecile McLorinSalvant. If you haven't heard this wonderfully expressive singer, come to Kilbourn Hall and you'll understand why she won DownBeat Magazine's Critics Poll as Jazz Artist of the Year in 2014.

I'm also looking forward to a concert of piano music by long-time Eastman School of Music Professor Bill Dobbins celebrating the centennial year of the great Billy Strayhorn at Hatch Hall. And I try every night to catch an act I don't know. Friday it will be Music MusicMusic at the Lutheran Church.

As far as the rest of the festival goes, there's way too much to recommend here. But in the short run, Sunday night looks great with two more excellent singers: Tessa Souter at Kilbourn and Raul Midon at Xerox Auditorium. It's always exciting to hear what Rochester native and world-class vibraphonist Joe Locke is up to. At Kilbourn Hall on Monday he'll be playing tunes from his great new album, "Love Is a Pendulum."

And who isn't looking forward to the transformation of downtown during the nine days of the XRIJF when Rochester becomes the vibrant epicenter of jazz?

My real job is Chairman of the Art Department at Nazareth College but my love of music goes back to my childhood. My grandfather was a bandleader, my uncle was a Broadway composer and both of my brothers are musicians. My younger brother Hankus has led bands with future jazz stars like Don Byron and Marty Ehrlich and my twin brother Steve's early groups included top players like Uri Caine and David Finck. So I've always been around great music. I've been writing about jazz for City since the late-1990's.



Frank De Blase
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The two months out of the year that we dare to call summer are just the best, aren't they? And I'm not just raving about the heat and the fact that it's tube top and bikini season. But here in our dirty little city along the mighty Genesee, it's Jazz Fest time where all of downtown bristles with excitement and its own soundtrack. It's filled with all kinds of music within and outside the jazz idiom to love, to explore, and discover.

For all the shows I'm excited to see -- like Herb Alpert, Gary Clark Jr., and homeboy Chet Catallo -- there's stuff I know little about that I'm going to take a stab at, like GoGo Penguin. Join me while I stumble around the scene keeping my ears open for something swingin', something boppin', and something blue... and my eyes peeled for those tube tops.

I've been City Newspaper's staff music writer going on 15 years. I've covered the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival since its beginnings, and I always leave room for dessert.



Daniel Kushner
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I'm thrilled to be covering my second Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival and my first for City Newspaper. Rochester boasts a fantastic local music community year-round, but for nine days each summer, that community becomes even more vibrant and all-encompassing.

I have a soft spot for the idiosyncratic and avant-garde, so you're likely to catch me checking out the likes of Arstidir at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation and Interzone the Little Theatre at this year's festival. Then there are not-to-be-missed prodigious talents like trumpeter Theo Croker and straight-up curiosities like former American Idol contestant Bo Bice fronting rock-and-horns band Blood, Sweat, and Tears. But for all the musical fireworks, there is no better jazz fest experience than the solo pianist series at Hatch Recital Hall.

Music is my unabated passion: I play in local bands including alt-country outfit Jackson Cavalier and the Fevertones and folk mystics Bogs Visionary Orchestra, and I'm also an opera librettist (The Fox and the Pomegranate) and the author of a forthcoming poetry book. You can follow me on Twitter @danieljkushner.



Jake Clapp
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As City's Arts & Entertainment editor, I'll spend a lot of my time in the next week coordinating coverage -- and burning the midnight oil posting the great blogs our reviewers send in. But I'm hoping to squeeze in as many Jazz Fest shows as I possibly can.

This will be my second Jazz Fest, and I just want more, more, more. I was blown away by the talent and variety of performances at last year's XRIJF, and if it has taught me anything, it's to soak up as much music as nine days will allow.

Born and raised in Louisiana -- where jazz and blues drench almost every aspect of the culture -- I count myself lucky to find a new home in a city that truly appreciates jazz.

This year, I'm looking forward to seeing artists that are a little out of the ordinary -- those performances that are going to make your body move but you can't quite explain why -- like trumpeter and rapper Dontae Winslow, or Gypsy-jazz outfit Gypsophilia. If you have any tips on who I should check out this year, contact me on Twitter @jake_clapp.

I'll be up until the wee hours of the morning posting all of our Jazz Blogs and photos, so that you have something to read while enjoying your coffee and bagel in the morning. But we want to know what you think. Leave your comments on the blogs, or post them to Facebook, or Tweet us.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Jazz Fest 2015: What's FREE at the fest

More than 90 free concerts at 6 venues

Posted By on Thu, Jun 18, 2015 at 4:00 AM

There's no shortage of free options for the frugal jazz lover at the 2015 Rochester International Jazz Festival. In fact, this year's festival boasts a total of 93 free shows across 6 venues in its nine-day run.

These venues, of course, can become a bit cramped, so be sure to claim your spot early in order to watch the bands instead of a sea of the backs of people's heads. For the most up to date information on schedules and line-up changes, visit the Jazz Festival's website, and follow @roccitynews on Twitter for coverage on everything Jazz Fest.



Venues

Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County (115 South Avenue) Free shows June 22-26

City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage (Gibbs Street at East Avenue) Free music daily

City of Rochester East Avenue & Chestnut Street Stage Free shows June 19-20, 26-27

Rochester Regional Health Big Tent (corner of Main Street and Gibbs) Free shows daily at 6 p.m.

RG&E-LiDestri Spirit Stage (corner of East Ave. & Chestnut St.) Free shows June 21-25

State Street Bar and Grill (Rochester Plaza Hotel, 70 State Street) Free jam sessions nightly at 10:30 p.m.




Friday, June 19

3:45 p.m.:Buckman Heights Elementary School (Jazz Street Stage)

4:30 p.m.: Arcadia High School Jazz Band (Jazz Street Stage)

5:15 p.m.: Hilton High School Jazz Band (Jazz Street Stage)

6:00 p.m.: ECMS Jazz Combo with Bob Sneider and Paul Hofmann (Jazz Street Stage)

6:00 p.m.: Prime Time Brass (Rochester Regional Health Big Tent)

7:00 p.m.: Spectra (East Ave. & Chestnut St. Stage)

7:30 p.m.: Sauce Boss (Jazz Street Stage)

9:00 p.m.: The Mavericks (East Ave. & Chestnut St. Stage)

9:30 p.m.: Sauce Boss (Jazz Street Stage)

10:30 p.m.: Jam Session with the Bob Sneider Trio (State St. Bar & Grill at the Rochester Plaza Hotel)




Saturday, June 20

3:45 p.m.: Gates-Chili High School Jazz Band (Jazz Street Stage)

4:30 p.m.: Brighton High School Jazz Band (Jazz Street Stage)

5:15 p.m.: Newark High School Jazz Band (Jazz Street Stage)

6:00 p.m.: ECMS Jazz Combos with Mike Kupa (Jazz Street Stage)

6:00 p.m.: 78 RPM Big Band (Regional Health Big Tent)

7:00 p.m.:goodbyemotel (East Ave & Chestnut Street Stage)

7:30 p.m.: The New Mastersounds (Jazz Street Stage)

9:00 p.m.: Blood Sweat and Tears with Bo Bice (East Ave. & Chestnut St. Stage)

9:30 p.m.: The New Mastersounds (Jazz Street Stage)

10:30 p.m.: Jam Session with the Bob Sneider Trio (State St. Bar & Grill at the Rochester Plaza Hotel)




Sunday, June 21

3:45 p.m.: MCC Jazz Band (Jazz Street Stage)

4:30 p.m.: Penfield High School Jazz Band (Jazz Street Stage)

5:15 p.m.: Spencerport High School Jazz Band (Jazz Street Stage)

6:00 p.m.: Penfield Rotary Big Band (Rochester Regional Health Big Tent)

6:00 p.m.: ESM Honors Collegiate Small Group (Jazz Street Stage)

7:00 p.m.: Hard Logic (RG&E-LiDestri Spirit Stage)

7:30 p.m.: The Rad Trads (Jazz Street Stage)

9:00 p.m.: Hard Logic (RG&E-LiDestri Spirit Stage)

9:30 p.m.: The Rad Trads (Jazz Street Stage)

10:30 p.m.: Jam Session with the Bob Sneider Trio State St. Bar & Grill at the (Rochester Plaza Hotel)




Monday, June 22

12:00 p.m.: Jazz Starts at the Library with Mike Kaupa (Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County)

1:00 p.m.: Jazz Workshop for Music Students (Eastman School of Music, Room 120)

4:30 p.m.: West Irondequoit High School Jazz Band (Jazz Street Stage)

5:15 p.m.: Fairport High School Jazz Band (Jazz Street Stage)

6:00 p.m.: Jack Allen Big Band (Rochester Regional Health Big Tent)

6:00 p.m.: ESM Honors Collegiate Small Group (Jazz Street Stage)

7:00 p.m.: Significant Other (RG&E-LiDestri Spirit Stage)

7:30 p.m.: Stephane Wrembel (Jazz Street Stage)

8:00 p.m.: ESM-XRIJF Scholarship Concert Featuring Charles Pillow (Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre)

9:00 p.m.: Significant Other (RG&E-LiDestri Spirit Stage)

10:30 p.m.: Jam Session with the bob Sneider Trio (State St. Bar & Grill at the Rochester Plaza Hotel)




Tuesday, June 23

12:00 p.m.: Jazz Starts at the Library with Danny Ziemann (Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County)

1:00 p.m.: Jazz Workshop for Music Students (Eastman School of Music, Room 120)

4:30 p.m.: Athena High School Jazz Band (Jazz Street Stage)

5:15 p.m.:Eastridge High School Jazz Band (Jazz Street Stage)

6:00 p.m.: Carl Atkins & New Energy Big Band (Rochester Regional Health Big Tent)

6:00 p.m.: New Horizons Big Band (Jazz Street Stage)

7:00 p.m.: Jimmie Highsmith (RG&E-LiDestri Spirit Stage)

7:30 p.m.: Eastman Youth Jazz Orchestra (Jazz Street Stage)

8:30 p.m.: New Horizons Vintage Jazz Band (Jazz Street Stage)

9:00 p.m.: Jimmie Highsmith (RG&E-LiDestri Spirit Stage)

9:30 p.m.: Music Educators Big Band (Jazz Street Stage)

10:30 p.m.: Jam Session with the Bob Sneider Trio State St. Bar & Grill at the Rochester Plaza Hotel (FREE)




Wednesday, June 24

12:00 p.m.: Jazz Starts at the Library with Mel Henderson (Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County)

1:00 p.m.: Jazz workshop for Music Students (Eastman School of Music, Room 120)

4:30 p.m.: Canandaigua High School Jazz Band (Jazz Street Stage)

5:15 p.m.: Honeoye Falls-Lima High School Jazz Band (Jazz Street Stage)

6:00 p.m.: ESM-XRIJF Scholarships Alumni (Jazz Street Stage)

6:00 p.m.: Brockport Community Big Band (Rochester Regional Health Big Tent)

7:00 p.m.: Roses & Revolutions (RG&E-LiDestri Spirit Stage)

7:30 p.m.:Gypsophilia (Jazz Street Stage)

9:00 p.m.: Roses & Revolutions (RG&E-LiDestri Spirit Stage)

9:30 p.m.:Gypsophilia (Jazz Street Stage)

10:30 p.m.: Jam Session with the bob Sneider Trio (State St. Bar & Grill at the Rochester Plaza Hotel)




Thursday, June 25

12:00 p.m.: Jazz Starts at the Library with Doug Stone Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County (FREE)

1:00 p.m.: Jazz Workshop for Music Students (Eastman School of Music, Room 120)

4:30 p.m.: Brockport High School Jazz Band (Jazz Street Stage)

5:15 p.m.: Sutherland High School Jazz Band (Jazz Street Stage)

6:00 p.m.: Greater Rochester Jazz Orchestra (Rochester Regional Health Big Tent)

6:00 p.m.: ECMS Saxology 1 & 2 Directed by Doug Stone (Jazz Street Stage)

7:00 p.m.: Teagan & the Tweeds (RG&E-LiDestri Spirit Stage)

7:30 p.m.: Soul Stew (Jazz Street Stage)

9:00 p.m.: Teagan & the Tweeds (RG&E-LiDestri Spirit Stage)

9:30 p.m.: Soul Stew (Jazz Street Stage)

10:30 p.m.: Jam Session with the Bob Sneider Trio (State St. Bar & Grill at the Rochester Plaza Hotel)




Friday, June 26

12:00 p.m.: Jazz Starts at the Library with Mike Melito (Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County)

1:00 p.m.: Jazz Workshop for Music Students (Eastman School of Music, Room 120)

4:30 p.m.: Harley High School Jazz Band (Jazz Street Stage)

5:15 p.m.: Greece Olympia High School Jazz Band (Jazz Street Stage)

6:00 p.m.: Greece Jazz Band (Rochester Regional Health Big Tent)

6:00 p.m.: ECMS Latin Jazz & JR Jazz (Jazz Street Stage)

7:00 p.m.: Robin McKelle & the Flytones (East Ave. & Chestnut St. Stage)

7:30 p.m.: The California Honeydrops (Jazz Street Stage)

9:00 p.m.: Los Lonely Boys (East Ave. & Chestnut St. Stage)

9:30 p.m.: The California Honeydrops (Jazz Street Stage)

10:30 p.m.: Jam Session with the Bob Sneider Trio (State St. Bar & Grill at the Rochester Plaza Hotel)




Saturday, June 27

3:00 p.m.: Bill Tiberio Band (East Ave. & Chestnut St. Stage)

4:30 p.m.: Webster Schroeder High School Jazz Band (Jazz Street Stage)

5:00 p.m.:Ikebe Shakedown (East Ave. & Chestnut St. Stage)

5:15 p.m.: School of the Arts High School Jazz Band (Jazz Street Stage)

6:00 p.m.: ESM Honors Collegiate Small Group (Jazz Street Stage)

6:00 p.m.: Rochester Metro Jazz Orchestra (Rochester Regional Health Big Tent)

7:00 p.m.:Freshlyground (East Ave. & Chestnut St. Stage)

7:30 p.m.: Robin McKelle & the Flytones (Jazz Street Stage)

9:00 p.m.: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue (East Ave. & Chestnut St. Stage)

9:30 p.m.: Robin McKelle & the Flytones (Jazz Street Stage)

10:30 p.m.: Jam Session with the Bob Sneider Trio (State St. Bar & Grill at the Rochester Plaza Hotel)


Get more reviews and information with CITY's Daily Jazz Blogs, updated every day of the festival!




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Friday, June 12, 2015

East End Music Fest cancels outdoor events

Posted By on Fri, Jun 12, 2015 at 4:00 AM

Updated 2:30 p.m.:

Festival organizer John Hutchings spoke with Channel 8 at noon: Along with Flour City Station and Temple Bar & Grille, The Main Street Armory (900 East Main Street) will also host acts previously slated to play at the fest.

The current schedule is:

Haewa, Noble Vibes, Sophistafunk, and Personal Blend will perform at Flour City Station (170 East Avenue) starting at 6 p.m., 21 and over with a $5 admission.

Into the Now will be the sole performer at Temple Bar & Grille (109 East Avenue), starting at 8 p.m.

Doors open at 5 p.m. at the Armory with Divided By Zero, ZBTB, and Neil Van Dorn Band. $5 for those over 21, $10 for those 18 to 21, and free for those 17 and under with an adult.

Food trucks will be at both the East Avenue and East Main Street locations.



The original story:

Outdoor events for Friday’s East End Music Festival have been canceled due to warnings of severe thunderstorms, organizers announced on the event’s Facebook page. But the festival is currently scrambling to keep things going by finding indoor venues to host bands scheduled to play.

According to the festival's page, Sophistafunk, Personal Blend, and ZBTB will perform at Flour City Station (170 East Avenue), and Into the Now will set up at Temple Bar and Grille (109 East Avenue).

From the National Weather Service in Buffalo, Monroe and surrounding counties in western and central New York are under warnings for severe thunderstorms and flash floods, effective from 5 p.m. to late tonight.

City will continue to update this page as more details are announced for tonight's East End Music Fest.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Party in the Park announces 2015 lineup

Posted By on Tue, May 12, 2015 at 4:00 AM

Fun in the summer sun, baby ... and it’s downtown, too. Mayor Lovely Warren and assorted sponsors and friends got together Tuesday to announce the entertainment lineup for the 19th Windstream Party in the Park. And it’s a good un.’

All shows are at Dr. Martin Luther King Park and start at 5 p.m. with a $5 cover charge, a “Party Pass” is also available for $35 (a $10 savings) and children under 12 are free to a good home.

Here you go, kids:

June 18 -- Hippy jammers moe.

June 25 -- Blues master Taj Mahal

July 2 -- 90's hit popsters Fastball

July 9 -- The over-the-top funkified George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic

July 16 -- Led Zeppelin tribute with Get The Led Out

July 23 -- Bluesy big rock big shot Johnny Lang

July 30 -- 5-time Grammy Award winner and bass wizard Victor Wooten

August 6 -- Contemporary country acts Dylan Scott with The Lacs

August 13 -- Reggae-Americana superstars from Rochester, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad with Driftwood



For more information, visit cityofrochester.gov/pitp.

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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 Chenoweth, 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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