Join Classical 91.5's Mona Seghatoleslami at Granite Mills Park in High Falls for Hochstein at High Falls, a free lunchtime concert series, presented by High Falls Business Association, Hochstein School of Music & Dance, WXXI, and Monroe Community College (MCC). 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.
Concerts begin at 12:10 pm at the Granite Mills Park near the Pont de Rennes Bridge. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own seating and lunch, or pick up a lunch at the many area restaurants. Each performance will run approximately 50 minutes. New this year: the rain location is at MCC’s downtown campus and in the event of rain, the change in venue will be announced via social media.
June 6: Aaron Lipp & Bobby Henrie
Thursday, June 6; 12:10 pm; Granite Mills Park, Platt/Browns Race, Rochester, NY; free.
Singing lonesome harmonies on old Delmore Brothers classics, Aaron Lipp and Bobby Henrie breathe new life into banjo/fiddle duets while they both switch off on every instrument. Their impressive dual flatpicking arrangements make them a one-of-a-kind regional classic. The youngest of the five Henrie Brothers who tore up the festival stages since the ‘70s, Bobby was a hot young flatpicking star whose dedication to old-time, bluegrass, rockabilly, jazz and more has earned him a place as a mentor to many young roots musicians around the region. Aaron Lipp has been touring since the age of 15 and has found home in traditional Appalachian old-time music, classic bluegrass sounds, and the blues – all fused into a new sound of the next generation, while paying tribute to the traditions. https://aaronlipp.com
June 13: Hanna PK & Aleks Disljenkovic
Thursday, June 13; 12:10 pm; Granite Mills Park, Platt/Browns Race, Rochester, NY; free.
Hanna PK channels a wide variety of the blues, from pre-war styles to ‘50s and ‘60s Chicago blues to boogie-woogie, as well as influences from jazz and swing. People often use the expression ‘tickling the ivories,’ but if you see the way Hanna plays, it’s anything but tickling. Her solid left hand reflects on those traditional blues masters’ rocking and shuffling bass patterns, while her right hand grooves along, dancing all over those 88s, and also adding her sultry voice. In June 2018, Hanna and guitarist Aleks Disljenkovic won first place at Memphis Bound. They represented Western New York at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn., in January 2019 and made a strong first impression, making it to the Semi-Finals. http://hannapk.com/index.html
June 20: Bossa Nova Bradley Brothers
Thursday, June 20; 12:10 pm; Granite Mills Park, Platt/Browns Race, Rochester, NY; free.
Collectively and individually, the Bradley Brothers have performed for 30 years across the United States, Canada, and Europe. The Bossa Nova Bradley Brothers is the brainchild of singer and guitarist Todd Bradley, who has painstakingly studied the works of Brazilian musicians Antonio Carlos Jobim, Luis Bonfa, and Baden Powell, among others. Mark Bradley (sax and vocals), Julio Pabon (percussion), and Brian Williams (bass) are in demand throughout the Rochester area as sidemen and session players. Pianist and trumpeter Scott Bradley is a songwriter whose work with the Bill Tiberio Band can be heard on local and internet jazz stations. www.facebook.com/bradleybrothersmusic
June 27: The Debbie Kendrick Project
Thursday, June 27; 12:10 pm; Granite Mills Park, Platt/Browns Race, Rochester, NY; free.
Vocalist Debbie Kendrick is Rochester’s Queen of the Blues, carrying on a tradition of many great blues and gospel artists that goes back to the legendary Son House. Her group has an acoustic vibe and its influences harkens back to the early days of blues, gospel, folk, and jazz music. The Debbie Kendrick Project includes drummer Pete Monacelli, a veteran of the local jazz scene; bassist Mike Patric, who also accompanies the legendary Joe Beard; and guitarist Sean Pfeifer, whose acoustic fingerstyle guitar provides a solid rhythmic background for Debbie’s powerful vocal melodies. https://www.debbiekendrickproject.com
July 11: Watkins & the Rapiers
Thursday, July 11; 12:10 pm; Granite Mills Park, Platt/Browns Race, Rochester, NY; free.
Watkins & the Rapiers play an eclectic mix of acoustic music incorporating echoes of Cajun, country, jug band music, reggae, soul, and swing. The band’s repertoire includes more than 60 quirky original songs written by band members, as well as covers of songs by artists as diverse as The Band, Travelling Wilburys, Steve Earle, and Colorblind James, among others. The band has been rocking out in the Greater Rochester area since January 1996, when the band was formed on a lark to fill an empty performance slot at the Rose & Crown Pub. The band includes Scott Regan, Kerry Regan, Tom Whitmore, Marty York, Steve Piper, and Rick McRae. www.rapiers.org
July 18: The Mambo Kings
Thursday, July 18; 12:10 pm; Granite Mills Park, Platt/Browns Race, Rochester, NY; free.
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. www.mambokingdom.com
July 25: The Brothers Blue
Thursday, July 25; 12:10 pm; Granite Mills Park, Platt/Browns Race, Rochester, NY; free.
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 Hochstein banjo instructor Ben Haravitch on banjo, guitar, and bass; Matthew Sperber on guitar and bass; and Charlie Coughlin on fiddle and mandolin; with all three contributing to the vocal harmonies. “These guys are the real deal!,” says Joe Dady of The Dady Brothers. 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. https://www.thebrothersblue.com
August 1: The White Hots
Thursday, August 1; 12:10 pm; Granite Mills Park, Platt/Browns Race, Rochester, NY; free.
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. www.thewhitehots.com
August 8: Hypnotic Clambake
Thursday, August 8; 12:10 pm; Granite Mills Park, Platt/Browns Race, Rochester, NY; free.
Based in Western NY, Hypnotic Clambake offers a melting pot of world music, taking listeners on a virtual journey to the four corners of the earth. 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. http://hypnoticclambake.com
August 15: Jackson Cavalier
Thursday, August 15; 12:10 pm; Granite Mills Park, Platt/Browns Race, Rochester, NY; free.
Voted numerous times as Rochester’s Best Busker, Jackson Cavalier combines blues, folk, country, bluegrass, and Americana. He released his first album, “Barefooted & Still Breathing,” with his band The Fevertones in 2013. His latest solo album, “Spellbound,” was heavily inspired by the music of Townes Van Zandt, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, and Shakey Graves. “He's a dynamic, exciting musician, who combines different styles of music and literary influences into really cool, compelling songs,” says WXXI’s Mona Seghatoleslami. Playing harmonica, guitar, drums, and singing all at once, he performs a variety of re-imagined covers and originals at festivals, farmers markets, and beyond. https://www.jacksoncavaliermusic.com