It's hard to believe that the Rochester Music Hall of Fame is
now planning for its sixth annual induction ceremony. And this one is a winner.
The boundary-destroying ensemble Roomful of Teeth is at the
forefront of new music written for the voice. Since 2009, founder and Artistic
Director Brad Wells and his core group of 8 versatile singers -- which includes
Eastman alumni Martha Cluver and Eric Dudley -- have
created an indomitable, singular sound that has since garnered a 2014 Grammy
for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance.
The joint formerly known as the Water Street Music Hall has
been shut down for a while now, nothing floating out to the street but the
ghosts of the memorable music it presented over the years as one of Rochester's
choice venues. Soon however, rock 'n' roll will once again spill out along with
the scent of waffles.
Thursday afternoon, amidst the stainless plumbing and tanks
full of beer in its various stages at the Genesee Brew House, Lilac Festival Producer
Jeff Springut announced eight of this year's Lilac
Fest headliners. The 2017 Lilac Festival runs May 12 through May 21 at Highland
Joe Clark is free. The experimental guitarist is unfettered and unchained by conventional music norms.
The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra has announced its 2017-18 season, and its "best-of-both-worlds" approach has a lot to offer, including plenty of classic blockbusters and big names, from Perlman to Potter, and some pleasant surprises. The season will start on September 12 with an appearance from Itzhak Perlman, a violinist who truly does deserve to be described as "world-renowned."
Even The Dirty Pennies gets the blues. The Rochester trio is part of a nouveaux approach that's gonna keep those blues alive and relevant.
The banjo. Although often maligned, or at least misunderstood, the instrument has a hero in Tony Trischka.
Some voices are just made for one another. That's not to say they can't beautifully intone alone, but there's just something about when voices fit together.
When talking with living legends in the blues or rock idiom, you're bound to encounter some change-up in the lineup. Somebody comes; somebody goes. It's kind of like fantasy football, except cool. Original lineups just don't always weather the storm that comes from being in a band.
The pieces are there to shape a local music scene into a discernable sound. The artists in Rochester are already in place, and so is the audience.
For a while there, Rochester musician Aaron DeRuyter figured the best way to describe his music was by calling it country. The thing is he didn't really like country ... or did he?