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The Bob Dylan Birthday Bash

May 25, 2018

In one of the city’s longest-running popular-music traditions, about three dozen Bob Dylan songs will be interpreted by Rochester musicians at Friday’s 31st annual Bob Dylan Birthday Bash at Lovin’ Cup Bistro & Brews.

Host band HuNu? opens the 8 p.m. set  on May 25 with the only non-Dylan song of the night. “A Different Bob” is a composition by the late Chuck Cuminale, the originator of the event with his band, The Colorblind James Experience.

Jeff Spevak looks at a summer of music

May 24, 2018

A hip-hop Pulitzer Prize winner and a country music star who was onstage when last summer’s mass shooting in Las Vegas broke out. This is one outdoor concert season that reflects our changing and challenging times.

George Eastman Museum

The George Eastman Museum on Friday revealed the titles of the films being screened at the Dryden Theatre this weekend as part of the 4th annual Nitrate Picture Show

WXXI's arts & cultural contributor, Jeff Spevak has this overview of what to expect:

Paolo Cherchi Usai, head film curator at the George Eastman Museum and the festival programmer, says he is proud of the subtitle accompanying the fourth annual Nitrate Picture Show. It is a “Festival of Film Conservation.”

Dresden Engle

Timing is everything. The announcement of an actual bricks, windows and door home for the Rochester Music Hall of Fame would have been the big surprise at any of the first six concerts honoring that year’s inductees.

A couple of well-known local singers will be playing at the Lovin’ Cup in Henrietta Saturday night.

Connie Deming and Phil Marshall. The two musicians will peform Saturday nightt at the Lovin’ Cup in Henrietta starting at 8:00 p.m.

Area arts and music journalist Jeff Spevak spoke recently with both of them and has this audio essay.

Jeff Spevak is a Rochester-based writer. His web site is jeffspevak.com.

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