Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Rochester Music Hall of Fame announces 2016 inductees

Posted By on Wed, Feb 24, 2016 at 4:00 AM

The Rochester Music Hall of Fame Wednesday morning announced its inductees for 2016, and it seems to have got it right. The induction ceremony, scheduled for Sunday, April 24, is Rochester, baby! No six degrees of separation or artists that have nothing to do with the city. This year's lineup is wonderfully diverse and the performers relevant. It's gonna be one helluva show.

The inductees are:

Pee Wee Ellis -- saxophonist and band leader for James Brown and Van Morrison.

Howard Hanson -- former director of Eastman School of Music and Pulitzer-winning composer.

Joe Locke -- living jazz legend and vibraphone master.

James Rado -- Grammy-winning creator of the musical "Hair."

The Rustix -- The first white band to be signed to Motown Records.

Wendy O. Williams -- punk rock queen, performance artist, and leader of The Plasmatics.

Scheduled performances for the induction ceremony will include Pee Wee Ellis with Christian McBride, Maceo Parker, and Fred Wesley doing an all-star send up to James Brown; an ESM student string ensemble playing the compositions of Howard Hanson; Joe Locke will perform with Prime Time Funk, and vocalist Tessa Souter will add some va-vavoom to the man's legendary vibes; The Cowsills will perform hits from the musical "Hair"; the four surviving members of The Rustix will rip up some Rochester rock 'n' roll; and guitarist Wes Beech of The Plasmatics will front a tribute band to Wendy O. Williams with Runaways singer and chainsaw artist Cheri Currie.

The fifth annual Rochester Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place April 24, 7 p.m., at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs Street. Tickets are on sale at the Eastman Theatre Box Office, at 454-2100, or online at bit.ly/RMHFtickets. Tickets are $30-$60. For more information, check out rochestermusic.org.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Jazz Fest announces last two headliners

Bruce Hornsby and Gregg Allman join the 2016 festival

Posted By on Tue, Feb 23, 2016 at 4:00 AM

The Rochester International Jazz Festival announced today the last two headliner acts for the 2016 festival. Bandleader and pianist Bruce Hornsby and Southern rocker Gregg Allman have joined the 15th edition of the festival, which will take place June 24 through July 2.

Hornsby -- who will perform with his band, The Noisemakers, on Wednesday, June 29 -- and Allman, who will perform on Friday, July 1, round out the headliner lineup that was announced in January. Grace Potter, Erykah Badu, Chris Botti, and Chick Corea will all perform in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

Tickets for Hornsby and Allman go on sale Friday, February 26, 10 a.m. at rochesterjazz.com, or by phone at 454-2060. Tickets for Hornsby are $55-$95, and prices for Allman are $65-$105.

Tickets to performances by the other headliners are already on sale.

The full Rochester International Jazz Festival lineup, including the Club Pass Series and free shows, will be announced on Tuesday, March 22.

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Friday, February 12, 2016

Mellencamp to play Eastman Theatre

Posted By on Fri, Feb 12, 2016 at 11:19 AM

If you’re a lover that won’t drive him crazy or dug him since he was just a cougar, here’s your chance to see Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famer and Grammy winner John Mellencamp who returns to Rochester with his “Plain Spoken Tour" on Friday, April 22, at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Mellencamp has history here after all: he starred in the movie “After Image” which was filmed in Rochester in 2001.

Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show are $27.50 -$113.00 and go on sale at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, February 19, through the Eastman Theatre Box Office, 433 East Main Street, EastmanTheatre.org, or by calling 454-2100. 
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