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The Winner Of The 2020 Tiny Desk Contest is....

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. We received entries from every state in the country, and those inspiring entries helped us feel connected in a year of isolation. This year, our judges' decision was a particularly tough one (something they talked about in every episode of Tiny Desk...

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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. 

This year's Ithaca Festival, originally postponed until August, has been cancelled this year, due to COVID-19 concerns. Here is the release from the organization:  It is with great sadness that we have to announce the cancellation of the 2020 Ithaca Festival. Responding to the current uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic and mass gatherings in New York State, we have had to make this very difficult decision. The Ithaca Festival will return in 2021 as a celebration of all that is Ithaca and the best of our community and artists.

In 2017, Rhiannon Giddens  stopped by the World Cafe with her album, Freedom Highway.  On that record, she went straight to the darkest parts of history, speaking for those whose voices have often being silenced – from slaves, to the people of the civil rights movement, to contemporary victims of racism. We revisit that session again, on the next World Cafe.  

A couple of weeks ago, the actor Stanley Tucci went viral. He simply posted a brief video in which he demonstrates how he makes a Negroni cocktail. A double shot of gin, a shot of sweet vermouth, a shot of Campari. Shaken with ice, garnished with an orange, which he first squeezes into the glass as he advises, “Don’t let anyone see you handle it like that.”

Simple, yet elegant. Others may quibble. The late Anthony Bourdain suggested a 1:1:1 ratio on the booze, don’t bother shaking, and just drop in an orange wedge. It’s a big world; to each his own.

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Concert Cancellations and Postponements

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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Spencer Davis, the multi-instrumentalist and leader of the band that bore his name, has died at the age of 81. The Spencer Davis Group recorded such hits as "Gimme Some Lovin' " and "I'm a Man." Davis wasn't the lead singer on either song though, giving that job to a teenage Steve Winwood.

Davis died Monday while being treated for pneumonia, according to his tour manager and friend, Bob Birk, who worked with the musician for decades.

In a statement to NPR, Birk called him a "highly ethical, very talented, good-hearted, extremely intelligent, generous man."