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Want to see band from the area that entered NPRMusic's Tiny Desk contest? In no particular order, The Mighty High & Dry, Passive Agressives Anonymous, Multibird, Susana Rose, Old Deer Ensemble, Left-handed 2nd Baseman, The Transindental KARMAcist+1, and more...

Check them out at http://tinydeskcontest.npr.org/browse-2018/?location=rochester,%20ny

NPR Music is once again asking unknown bands and musicians across the country to film themselves performing one song at a desk of their choice. The 2018 Tiny Desk Contest will be sponsored for the fourth year by Lagunitas Brewing Company, and the winner will play NPR's famous Tiny Desk in Washington, D.C., before embarking on a U.S.

by Suzanne Foschino

  Whether she's belting out a raucous blues-rocker, firing up a blistering soul-shouter, bringing the spirit to a gospel-fueled R&B rave-up or digging deep down into a subtle, country-tinged ballad, Shemekia Copeland sounds like no one else. With a voice that is alternately sultry, assertive and roaring, Shemekia's wide-open vision of contemporary blues, roots and soul music showcases the evolution of a passionate artist with a modern musical and lyrical approach.

Since 1991, Sundays at 6PM have been greeted with the presentation of jazz standards by Ruth Elaine, a volunteer host on WRUR. Through the years, Sunday Session has developed a following, with dedicated listeners tuning in for the program. After 26 years, Ruth Elaine has decided to retire her program. She wishes her listeners well. A very private person, Ruth Elaine had a strong presence on the the radio. 

Two Trains Runnin'

Jan 31, 2018

Two Trains Runnin', a documentary about the search for two forgotten blues singers, set in Mississippi during the height of the civil rights movement, will be shown at The Little Theatre, February 13th at 7pm and February 17th at 3pm as part of the "One Take" Documentary series. Director Sam Pollard will Skype with the audience after the screening on February 13th. 

The Little Concert Series presents: DURHAM COUNTY POETS Fri Jan 26th 2018, Little Theatre 1.
Doors at 7pm, show at 8. Tickets available online now $15 advance/ $20 door.
 

  The Durham County Poets are a lively and soulful group, who write and perform an eclectic blend of blues, folk and rock, with tinges of country, gospel and swing tossed in for good measure.

Some of the prominent popular musicians who passed away in 2017 are celebrated in a one-hour special hosted by public radio music historian Paul Ingles.  Music included from Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Chris Cornell, Gregg Allman, Tom Petty, Glen Campbell, J. Geils, Pat Dinizio, and Paul Buckmaster. Join us on New Year's Day at 6PM on WRUR. 

A NPR tradition every New Year's Eve since the 1970s, Toast of the Nation is the perfect audio complement for this holiday occasion. It's festive jazz you can party to. Spirited, improvised, and swinging, each segment is hosted by Christian McBride.

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London-based singer songwriter Jade Bird traveled to upstate New York to record her new EP called Something American. It was produced by Simone Felice of the Felice Brothers. Bird is just 20 years old, but there is great depth and maturity to her music which draws inspiration from folks like Neil Young, Son House and Bob Dylan. She is on today's World Cafe at 2PM.

  The Splendid Table's annual live Thanksgiving call-in show is back on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23, 12 PM-2 PM ET. This year we have double the fun with hosts Lynne Rossetto Kasper and Francis Lam tag teaming. This will be Lynne's last Turkey Confidential as she retires at the end of 2017 and turns over the reins to Francis in 2018.

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