Benny Bleu completes August residency at The Little

Benny Bleu completes August residency at The Little

Cure your blues
Ben Haravitch, a.k.a. Benny Bleu, is a local singer-songwriter, banjo teacher, mobile recording engineer, and ultimately a modern-day folk storyteller. He's in the middle of a month-long residency at The Little Theatre Café, with upcoming shows on August 22 and 29.

Gateways brings black classical musicians together

Gateway to diversity
Attend virtually any orchestral concert in the country, and you’re likely to see a similar picture onstage: a sea of white performers, with very little racial diversity. The perception that classical music is predominantly a Caucasian pursuit has endured for several centuries, but that idea doesn’t reflect the current reality, as demonstrated by the Gateways Music Festival.

Interview: Alice Cooper

Prodigal son
Alice Cooper’s life has been a strange journey that almost parallels a biblical story. The rock icon grew up in the church, abandoned it, almost died, and came back to embrace Christianity. He’ll be rolling in to Greater Rochester area on August 7 for a show at CMAC.

More than a cover band

A look at the phenomenon of tribute shows in Rochester

Fresh Cut: 'Please Carolina' by Teagan and the Tweeds

On the new single, “Please Carolina,” Teagan and the Tweeds delve into a tender yet upbeat country sensibility that feels particularly earnest.

Ryan Flynn releases new electro-pop EP

Make the space go 'pop'
He calls it “space pop.” Ryan Cullinane is a Rochester-based electronic artist who soaks his sound in ethereal, new-wavey gravy and effervescent possibilities. It’s inescapable, it’s catchy. And a July 19 show at Radio Social will celebrate the release of a new EP under the moniker Ryan Flynn.

Interview: Nikki Hill

Heartbreak and happiness
I once referred to Nikki Hill as being stiletto-sharp and bouffant-cool after she handed me my head the first time I heard her at the Dinosaur BBQ. Like Ali, she floated like a butterfly and stung like a bee. Hill will return to Rochester for a July 17 show at Abilene Bar & Lounge.

The Cool Club & the Lipker Sisters: reviving old music for new generations

Playing it cool
Like the dynamic age range of its players, The Cool Club & the Lipker Sisters are a swing-jazz collective that blend familiar and new into one cohesive sound. The group will play at Three Heads Brewing on Saturday, July 6.

Jazz Fest interview: Sullivan Fortner

Easing into jazz
He was born in the birthplace of jazz, but New Orleans native Sullivan Fortner grew up steeped in gospel music. Now a fast-rising star in the jazz world, the pianist will play June 28 and 29 at the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival.


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