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Contact: Kristin Tutino, WXXI, (585) 258-0253


Tapings begin Monday, October 17 and are Open to the Public

Rochester, New York (October 14, 2011) – In early September, WXXI invited area musicians to enter its Band Call for the chance to perform on OnStage, a TV and radio series that spotlights a wide range of musical talent from upstate New York.  More than 125 bands submitted entries, and 20 were chosen. These performers will join the Lou Gramm Band, The Tommy Brunett Band, and The Coupe DeVilles, who were recorded earlier this summer.

The area musicians and bands selected from the Band Call are: Andrew Marks, Blue Jimmy, Bobby Henrie & The Goners, Chinchillas, Clearly From Negligence, Cruelty Free, Funknut, Joe Crookston, Makepeace Brothers, Miche Fambro, Mikaela Davis, MoChester, Teressa Wilcox, Po' Boys Brass Band, The Prickers, Teegan and the Tweeds, Tinted Image, Tony Brown, Violet Mary, and Walri.

Though a few select bands will perform at venues throughout the region, the majority will be taped at WXXI’s Studio in front of a live audience the weeks of October 17, October 24, October 31. Two bands will be taped each evening at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. The public is invited to these free tapings, but reservations are required by calling (585) 258-0200. The first round of tapings will be held the evenings of Monday, October 17 – Wednesday, October 19 and include:

• 10/17 I 1st band: Po Boys Brass Band / 2nd band: Mikaela Davis
• 10/18 I 1st band: Clearly from Negligence/ 2nd band: Teressa Wilcox
• 10/19 I 1st band : Tinted Image/ 2nd band: Chinchillas

Season three of OnStage will premiere Sunday, January 8 on WXXI-TV/HD with the Lou Gramm Band, recorded at the Rochester Public Market in July 2011. During that evening, WXXI also recorded Gramm’s opening acts – The Tommy Brunett Band and The Coupe DeVilles – which will be featured together in a forthcoming OnStage episode. The radio broadcast version will also premiere in January on WRUR-FM 88.5 in Rochester and on WITH-FM 90.1 in Ithaca (an exact date to be announced soon).

To learn more about the bands and the series, visit: Production funding for OnStage is provided by The Genesee Brewing Company.


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