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Connections: A look at the 2020 Rochester music scene

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"Great music at a bad time." That's the title of a new playlist put together by CITY Magazine. As written by arts editor Daniel Kushner, the playlist is a "non-comprehensive but varied collection of some of Rochester’s best new audio creations. From the country rock of Benton Sillick’s project The Heavy Love Trust to the big-band feel of up-and-coming pop bands such as The Sideways and Nancy, from the gritty, impassioned hip-hop of artists including Capital Cee and Young, Black, and Gifted to fantastic vocal performances by Danielle Ponder and She Rise — local music stepped up to provide a feel-good respite, a momentary escape, and at times poignant reflection on the difficult times we live in."

This hour, our guests discuss the playlist and the 2020 Rochester music scene. Our guests:

  • Daniel Kushner, arts editor for CITY Magazine
  • Dan Gross, digital content reporter at WROC, and host and producer of Rochester Indie Musician Spotlight
  • Kholaa, host of The Cool Cut on WAYO 104.3 FM
  • Jann Nyffeler, music journalist, and director of Mojo Sustainability at Bop Shop Records
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.