Join Classical 91.5's Mona Seghatoleslami at Granite Mills Park in High Falls for Hochstein at High Falls, a free lunchtime concert series, hosted by WXXI, Hochstein School of Music & Dance and the High Falls Business Association. Mona welcomes a new band to the park each week. Please note: This is a live concert series, and will not be broadcast on WXXI radio. Hochstein at High Falls is on Facebook. Visit: facebook.com/hochsteinhighfalls.
June 8: The Brothers Blue
Rooted in the fertile tradition of old-time fiddle music, The Brothers Blue grow a sound all their own – offering a hybrid which unites fresh, original songwriting with elements from country, bluegrass, Cajun, and Irish music. The band features Ben Haravitch, banjo, guitar, bass; Matthew Sperber, guitar and bass; and Charlie Coughlin, fiddle; with all three contributing to the vocal harmonies. Winners of Golden Link’s 2015 New Voices Emerging Artists Showcase, The Brothers Blue perform original and traditional American folk music throughout the Buffalo, Rochester, and Finger Lakes regions.
June 15: Something Else
Something Else is a cover band dedicated to providing a fun experience at every show. They are a trio that packs a surprising punch, fueled by powerful vocals and a knack for imitation so great, fans feel like they are listening to the real thing. Their music ranges from Billy Joel to Billy Joe Armstrong, from Whitesnake to Weezer, and everything in between. Featuring Michael J. Klock, bass and vocals; Johnny Cummings, piano, guitar, and vocals; and Michael Lasaponara, drums.
June 22: The Dady Brothers
Western New York’s favorite troubadours, The Dady Brothers are a musical duo who have been performing and winning the hearts of crowds professionally for more than 40 years. John and Joe Dady’s music transcends genres and generations by melding American folk roots and Irish traditional influences into an amalgam of sound that is uniquely their own. Highly skilled players and singers, they have performed well over 5,000 shows at concert halls, schools, music festivals, and nightclubs from Alaska to Ireland, the Caribbean to Nova Scotia. Their instruments include guitar, four- and five-string banjo, pennywhistle, ukulele, fiddle, mandolin, bodhran, harmonica, concertina, and the uilleann pipes.
June 29: Mambo Kings
Together since 1995, the Mambo Kings are enjoying great success as Upstate New York’s foremost Latin jazz ensemble, and have rapidly earned a national reputation for their explosive blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms and jazz improvisation. They have appeared in Pops concerts with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as orchestras in Baltimore, Vancouver, Detroit, Dallas, Naples (FL), and Portland (OR), The band consists of Mambo Kings’ musical director and pianist Richard DeLaney, percussionist Freddy Colón, saxophonist John Viavattine, bassist Hector Diaz, and percussionist Tony Padilla.
July 13: Hypnotic Clambake
Originally from Boston, MA, Hypnotic Clambake is now based in Western NY and performs throughout the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. This award-winning group puts on some of the most eclectic live music shows around, everything from polkas and tangos to zydeco and klezmer, mixed with a twist of lime to create their unique sound. Full of irresistible grooves and lyrics, their music explores life, robots, the daily grind, hope, refrigerators, and the integrity of humanity. The band includes Maury Rosenberg, accordion/keyboards; JoAnn Vaccaro, guitar; Chris Reynolds, bass; Tim Hull, tenor sax/clarinet; and Mark Phillips, drums.
July 20: Lost Wax
Lost Wax is a recently formed collective of players from various groups in Rochester (Haewa, Mosaic Foundation, Megalodonis, Got Herb). Their music, while difficult to describe, is not difficult to feel – a poly-rhythmic, Afro-beat, soul, funk fusion topped with lush vocals and driving melodies. The nine-piece band features Brendon Caroselli, drums and cymbals; Akshay Bashin, electric keyboard; Alivia Ruiz, vocals, synthesizer, percussion; Sunny Zaman, bass guitar; Michael Corey, guitar, synthesizer; Michael VanMunster, percussion; Oliver Haynes, trumpet; Anthony William, saxophone; and Will Zimmer, trombone.
July 27: The White Hots
Named for one of Rochester’s gastronomic specialties, The White Hots are a blues, swing, and jazz group who perform everything from mellow instrumental music to swing dances with a full band. Musicians and music critics rave about them, dancers swing to them, and people who just like interesting music love their live shows and CDs. The band includes Tina Albright, vocals; Ted Mosher, bass; Aleksandar Disljenkovic, guitar; Steve Greene, guitar; Bill Blind, percussion.
August 3: DaVines (Fred Vine and Alex Vine)
There is nothing like the musical synergy of a father and son duet. Fred and Alex Vine have been developing their unique sound since Alex was a young child, with Americana (blues, folk, rock, and jazz) and original compositions making up their diverse repertoire. Fred Vine is one of the most well-known blues singers and acoustic guitarists in Upstate NY, a master of Piedmont finger-style and Delta bottleneck slide guitar. Alex Vine plays guitar, bass, mandolin, and percussion, and also writes and sings his own songs.
August 10: The Bureau Cats Blues Band
The Bureau Cats Blues Band has been on the prowl for more than five years, playing many festivals, community events, and fundraisers. Formed out of a collaboration between City employees and 19th Ward members, the Cats simply love to cut through the red tape and be part of a good time. The band’s musical influences are diverse with a preference towards get-down beats, creative licks, and familiar tunes from the blues and R&B genres. The band features Diane Watkins, lead vocals; Eric Logan, keyboards/vocals; John DeMott, bass; David Singleton, drums; John Nutter, guitar; and Rick Rynski, guitar.
August 17: Teagan and the Tweeds Trio
Bluesy singer/songwriter Teagan Ward doesn’t just sing, she roars. And don’t be fooled by her small stature; this lady can match and exceed the vocal talents of legends, like Janis Joplin and Aretha Franklin, with little effort. Whether you hear her perform solo or as the front woman for Rochester’s Teagan and the Tweeds, she always has the perfect recipe, sweet and soulful, that will leave you satisfied. Lou Giglio, tearing it up on lead guitar, and bass player Jeremy Stoner (also Hochstein’s tuba and low brass instructor) join Teagan for this concert.