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SEASON TWO OF WXXI’S MUSIC SERIES, ONSTAGE, RETURNS
WITH AN ALL NEW LINEUP OF GREAT LOCAL ARTISTS
Buddhahood Kicks Off the Season on September 7 at 7 p.m. on WXXI-TV

Rochester, New York (August 26, 2008) – After making a huge splash in the Rochester music scene with its first season, WXXI’s television and radio music series OnStage returns to the airwaves in September with twenty-two new episodes. OnStage host Julia Figueras uses her musical expertise to guide the way for these live-to-tape one-hour concerts. Diverse musical performances interspersed with intimate interviews and compelling stories makes this examination of Upstate New York music culture fresh and electrifying.
           
The new season kicks off on Sunday, September 7 at 7 p.m. on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11) with The Buddhahood, a “Worldternative” band playing everything from jazz to funk, blues to calypso. The airdate marks the anniversary of the death of the band’s lead singer and guitar player Tony Cavagnaro, who died in a car accident in Yates County on September 7, 2007. The eight-plus member band looks at their OnStage broadcast as a tribute to their good friend. The radio version of the Buddhahood performance airs on WRUR-FM 88.5 on Thursday, September 4 at 6 p.m. and again on Saturday, September 6 at 3 p.m.

After the season premiere, the series will remain in the Sunday 7 p.m. time slot on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11), and on Thursdays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 3 p.m. on WRUR-88.5 throughout the fall. The new season includes performances by Joe Beard and the John Cole Blues Band, Kate Lee with No Strings Attached, 40 Rod Lightning, Uncle Plum, The White Hots, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, a Colorblind James Tribute and others. Three of the performances were shot at the 2008 Rochester International Jazz Festival, which include: Catherine Russell, Slide Hampton and the Bad Plus. See a complete broadcast schedule below. For more information on the series and the artists, visit <WXXI.org/onstage>.

OnStage is made possible by a grant from the New York State Music Fund. The New York State Music Fund was created when the New York State Attorney General’s Office resolved investigations against major record companies that had violated state and federal laws prohibiting “pay for play.” The settlement agreement stipulated that funds paid by music businesses would support music education and appreciation for the benefit of New York State residents. The Attorney General’s Office enlisted the services of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, one of the nation’s largest and most experienced philanthropy services, to develop and manage the grant program.

WXXI-TV schedule

9/7/08              Buddhahood
9/14/08            Joe Beard and The John Cole Blues Band
9/21/08            Colorblind James Celebration
9/28/08            Hinkley
10/5/08            40 Rod Lightning
10/12/08            Gaylord
10/19/08            Uncle Plum
10/26/08            Atomic Swindlers
11/2/08            Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad
11/9/08            Mike Doughty
11/16/08            Catherine Russell*
11/23/08            Rick Holland / Evan Dobbins Little Big Band
11/30/08            Kate Lee with No Strings Attached
12/07/08            The White Hots
12/14/08            Slide Hampton*
12/21/08            Phil Marshall Trio
12/28/08            The Isotopes
1/4/09              This Other Life
1/11/09            Margaret Explosion
1/18/09            The Bad Plus*
1/25/09            Brian Lindsay
2/1/09              Maria Gillard
2/8/09              The Demos

*taped at the Rochester International Jazz Festival.

Please note: the radio version of OnStage airs the Thursday (at 6 p.m.) and the Saturday (at 3 p.m.) prior to the Sunday WXXI-TV broadcast. For instance, Buddhahood airs Thursday, September 4 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, September 6 at 3 p.m. on WRUR-FM, and airs Sunday, September 7 at 7 p.m. on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11).

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