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Black Radio: Telling It Like It Was is the story of radio’s role in the 20th century transformation of the African American community. First aired in 1996, the specials have been reformatted into six hours for 2021. Original host Lou Rawls guides us, with new narration from original producer Jacquie Gales Webb. Through interviews, historical airchecks, comedy, drama, and music, the series reveals the remarkable correlation between milestones of Black radio programming and African American...

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The Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance, a four-day summer event that brings a wide range of roots-oriented music to western New York, will not be happening this year.

Organizers announced that the coronavirus pandemic situation was too unpredictable for its usual July slot at the Trumansburg Fairgrounds, just north of Ithaca. It was set for July 16-19.

Black Radio: Telling It Like It Was is the story of radio’s role in the 20th century transformation of the African American community. First aired in 1996, the specials have been reformatted into six hours for 2021. Original host Lou Rawls guides us, with new narration from original producer Jacquie Gales Webb.

Kanaval: Haitian Rhythms & the Music of New Orleans is a three hour documentary hosted by Haitian-American and New Orleans based artist and musician, Leyla McCalla, a founding member of Our Native Daughters & alumna of the GRAMMY award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops. Leyla’s work unearthing history and musical tradition, combined with her knowledge of cultural hybridization and her own identity as a Haitian-American have given her a unique voice and perspective.

Don and Rita have been a staple in the Rochester music scene, performing in multiple bands, and even having one of their own. They've come up with some great songs, including this one that they're performing for you on HomeStage.


This year's Tiny Desk Contest was unlike any other. Amid lockdowns, social distancing guidelines and ongoing adjustments to daily life, over 6,000 dedicated unsigned artists sent in their songs in the hopes of performing a Tiny Desk concert.

While there is no Newport Folk Festival this year,  starting at 11AM, out second day will air live performances recorded through the decades at Newport, from John Prine to Sharon Jones. The lineup is posted, with the times aproximate.... Not to be missed! Tune in to WITH all weekend long for Newport Folk Revival Radio!

It starts today! While there is no Newport Folk Festival this year,  starting at 11AM for the next three days, you will here live performances recorded through the decades at Newport, from Joni Mitchell to Courtney Barnett. The lineup is posted, with the times aproximate....Hint: Make sure you listend to the Surprise Guest sets, as you will here Joni, Dylan going electric, and so many other Gems. Not to be missed! Tune in to WITH all weekend long for Newport Folk Revival Radio!

There is no Newport Folk Festival this year, due to the worldwide pandemic. However, there will be a virtual festival on the radio! Starting Friday morning at 11AM, you will here live performances recorded through the decades at Newport, from Joni Mitchell to Courtney Barnett. A complete schedule will be posted each day so you can catch your favorites. Tune in to WITH all weekend long for Newport Folk Revival Radio!

HomeStage: Taurus Savant

Jul 10, 2020

Taurus Savant is a singer-songwriter and producer who has a way with words and melody. He's also an advocate for the arts in Rochester. And all this, is just a small sample of his talents.

On this HomeStage, Taurus sings a song he wrote and produced titled "Hit the Ground."


After three months on hiatus, due to the COVID19 pandemic, Rejuvenation with Scott Wallace is back Friday nights at 6PM on Different Radio, WRUR and WITH. The three hour weekly program featuring R&B, soul, and funk has been a staple on Different Radio, and has been missed by our audience. In the interim, a program from our colleagues at WWOZ has been airing and we are grateful for their assistance to keep the music playing. 

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Concert Cancellations and Postponements

Mar 13, 2020
Bela Fleck and the Flecktones
Jim McGuire

Here’s a running tally of recent cancellations and postponements of some of the bigger shows in Ithaca and the surrounding area as of April 1.

11+ shows to see this weekend: March 13-15

Mar 13, 2020
Analogue Sons
Jim Catalano

COVID-19 has adversely impacted the area’s music scene, with many concerts cancelled in recent days. But there are still some noteworthy shows happening if you’d like to catch some live music this weekend.

11+ shows to see this week: March 10-12

Mar 10, 2020
Danielle Nicole
Provided

It’s another busy week on the area’s music scene, with return of several popular bands as well as some experimental acts to expand your sonic palette.

Moog
Suzanne Onadera

Cornell University will host a three-day celebration of Robert Moog PhD ’65 and his pioneering invention of the Moog synthesizer, which electrified music and sparked a revolution in sound.

“When Machines Rock: A Celebration of Robert Moog and Electronic Music,” running March 5-7, features panels and performances by a wide array of electronic music artists, including renowned synthpop and electro-industrial artist Gary Numan; singer-songwriter, beat-maker, and producer Suzi Analogue; and electronic music composers David Borden, Herb Deutsch, and Suzanne Ciani.

28+ shows to see this weekend: March 6-8

Mar 6, 2020
Graham Nash
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It’s another busy weekend in Ithaca and beyond, with the return of a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, album release shows from two local bands, and the conclusion of the festival celebrating the legacy of an electronic music pioneer.

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Liz Tallent was by her computer, ready. She's the marketing and special events director at The Orange Peel in Asheville, N.C., a 1,050-cap venue that has hosted everyone from songwriter Nick Lowe, to Sublime cover band Badfish, to rapper Danny Brown. Like every other music venue, The Orange Peel was hit hard by the pandemic shut downs. Distanced indoor events would barely break even, and because of how the space is set up, there hasn't been a real way to do outdoor events, either.