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Before it has even started, the 2020 summer concert season appears to be over at Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center. And if Darien Lake Amphitheater is to go ahead with what it has in hand right now, it will be presenting three shows.

The season-opening show at CMAC was to be Saturday, May 30, with The Trey Anastasio Band, featuring the lead singer and guitarist of Phish. Darien Lake’s season was to open June 14 with the Zac Brown Band.

Both shows have been canceled, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to devastate the entertainment industry.

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If two months of pandemic-induced quarantine have seemed to stretch on forever, prepare yourself for the longest summer in years. Literally.

A cyclical quirk in the calendar this year welcomes Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer, on May 25, the earliest the holiday could arrive, and delivers Labor Day, the marker of the season’s conclusion, as late as possible, on Sept. 7.

Remembering David Hochstein

May 24, 2020
Courtesy of The Hochstein School

 The Hochstein School is named for musician David Hochstein, whose legacy continues to live on more than a century after his death.

This musically inclined young man from Rochester was on his way to a successful international career, thanks to a chance encounter that changed his life.

HomeStage: The Demos

May 22, 2020

Here's a little Q&A with Jason Milton from The Demos before the group performs "Meet at Night" for you on HomeStage. The group consists of Jason Milton, Caela Moore, Callan Saunders, Jeremiah O’Reilly, and Alex Durr.

WANTED: The personal ad that brought them together

May 20, 2020
CITY Newspaper file photo

In March 1983, Jerry Elman placed a personal ad in CITY Newspaper that would change his destiny.

Now, a lifetime later in the midst of a global pandemic, he wanted the ad.

He could recount well the joys it had brought him and how he treasured the response he received. But he could not recall what he wrote. The ad had been lost to time, to romance, to life.

Jerry had to find that ad. He contacted CITY.

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The Erie Canal in the Rochester region is now being watered and should be full and ready for limited recreational use next week, a state Canal Corporation spokesperson said Friday.

“That valves have been opened and over the next couple of days you will start to see the water rise and fill to its normal summer navigation level,” the spokesperson, Shane Mahar, said. “If someone wanted to go out and row or kayak or take their small boat out, the water will be there for their use.”

HomeStage: Sulaco

May 15, 2020

While the shutdown is not allowing Sulaco to perform live, it's not stopping them from performing together. All five members got together - virtually - for this unreleased song, "Cutup," performed for HomeStage!


Two episodes from WXXI’s local music series "OnStage" will be re-broadcast over the next two Sundays in recognition of two local musicians who passed away in recent weeks, John Cole and Darick Campbell.


WXXI has been informed by RTDNA, the Radio Television Digital News Association, that it is a regional winner in this year’s Edward R. Murrow Awards.

courtesy of The Campbell Brothers

Darick Campbell, one of the trio of brothers who made up the scintillating Rochester sacred-steel band The Campbell Brothers, has died.

The band announced the news Monday morning on Facebook that Campbell had passed away in Atlanta, where he lived. No cause of death was given.

Together with his older brothers Chuck and Phillip, and his nephew Carlton, The Campbell Brothers emerged from the closeted world of their church to take their sound across the United States, Europe, Africa and even China.