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Rev. Sekou & North Mississippi Allstars on Friday's World Cafe

Activist, preacher, and author, Rev. Sekou brings social consciousness to his soulful and bluesy debut album, In Times Like These . The album was produced by Luther Dickinson and features Cody Dickinson, whose band North Mississippi Allstars also released a new album recently, Prayer For Peace. We catch up with both North Mississippi Allstars and Rev. Sekou on their combined tour.

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Get the inside scoop on the 2017 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival with Democrat and Chronicle music critic Jeff Spevak.Every weekday morning during the festival June 23-30, Jeff will be joining Scott Regan on Open Tunings to run down the day’s best bets and the most intriguing artists. He’ll also throw in performance reviews and a few tips to make your trip to the festival a lot more fun. Listen to Open Tunings every morning at 10:30 on WRUR-FM 88.5 for  The Jazz Corner.

An appreciation of the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival, generally recognized as the first pop or rock festival of all-time.  It featured 33 acts in 3 days in June in 1967 and catapulted stars like Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, The Who and Jimi Hendrix into the American media spotlight.  A panel of music writers and photographers join festival co-producer Lou Adler, documentary filmmaker DA Pennebaker, guitarist Steve Cropper, and Grace Slick of the Jefferson Airplane to discuss what was so special about Monterey Pop with host Paul Ingles

The Little Theatre is ready to party like it’s 1929!

The newly renovated Little Theatre marquee will reclaim its place as one of Rochester’s visual landmarks on Monday, June 12, with a Marquee Relighting Block Party. The street celebration begins outside The Little (240 East Ave.) at 6:30 p.m. and the relighting presentation begins at 8:30 p.m.

After a brief set of presentations at 8:30 p.m., the new marquee will be switched on for the first time at dusk.

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The premier public radio showcase for contemporary music serving up an eclectic blend that includes blues, rock, world, folk, and alternative country.

Characters Welcome

Jan 26, 2014
Murder Ballad Monday

The USA Network's tagline applies nicely to this week’s edition of Mystery Train. We’ll meet some of the iconic personalities that dot the landscape of American music, including Stackerlee, Superfly, Susie-Q, Minnie the Moocher, Buster Cornelious and many more. Hop on board Wednesday at 6pm and Sunday afternoon at 4.

World Cafe airs weekdays at 2pm. Here's the schedule for this week.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Gospel legend Mavis Staples showcases You Are Not Alone, produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, on this Vintage Cafe.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Country singer-songwriter, Robbie Fulks, adds Gone Away Backward to his near-twenty year catalog.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

San Fermin, who recently released their self-titled debut, was founded by Ellis Ludwig-Leone to showcase his chamber pop compositions.

Guilt, Wine, Love

Jan 19, 2014

...all contemplated on Mystery Train this week. Does it take a lot of medicine to pretend that you're someone else? Do you only shine, shave and shower on Saturdays? When you fall in love, will it be forever? So many questions. Tune in Wednesday at 6pm and/or Sunday afternoon at 4.

World Cafe airs weekdays at 2pm. Here's the schedule for this week.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Known for their British Invasion hits like "She's Not There" and "Time of the Season," The Zombies are featured on this Vintage Cafe.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The ever-evolving Of Montreal channel classic rock on their latest effort, Lousy with Sylvianbriar.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

World Cafe airs weekdays at 2pm. Here's this week's schedule...

Monday, January 6, 2014

On this Vintage Cafe from 2011, The Decemberists perform songs from their then-new album, The King Is Dead.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The follow-up to Diego Garcia's acclaimed debut, Laura, is the romantic new album called Paradise.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Wild Feathers introduce their rootsy rock music on their self-titled debut.

New Morning

Dec 29, 2013

Who knows where the time goes? We’ll be ringing in the new year on Mystery Train this week, barhopping from Tipitina's to the House of Blue Lights, sharing a couple of old photographs and greeting the dawn...with some passengers in better shape than others. Tune in Wednesday at 6pm and Sunday afternoon at 4.

Silent Night

Dec 22, 2013

Dig if you will the picture of Prince under the mistletoe. It's one of the scenes we'll visit on Mystery Train this week. The peculiar paternity of Joseph is considered, along with stories of other travelers headed to new places with big plans. We'll also hear transformative versions of Silent Night and the Nutcracker. Hop on board Christmas day at 6pm and Sunday afternoon at 4.

Joy, Joy To My Soul

Dec 18, 2013

The Mystery Train Christmas Show, Part 1, will be on this Sunday at 4pm. Passengers include Ella and Elvis, Wilco and Wynton and Bland and Brubeck, among others. There's even a tune from the Grinch's girlfriend.

Tom Waits on ACL

Dec 16, 2013
KLRU photo by Scott Newton

It's becoming a holiday tradition to rival the Grinch. For the second year running, after more than a decade in the vaults, the December 1978 Austin City Limits performance by Tom Waits is on the TV again. Tune in to WXXI this Saturday at midnight. After all, it just wouldn't feel like the holidays without hearing "Christmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis."

Brooklyn orchestral indie rock outfit San Fermin released the sleeper hit record of 2014 with its self-titled debut. 

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