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Sunday, January 8 at 7 p.m. OnStage

(Rochester, NY) OnStage, WXXI's original television and radio series that spotlights musical talent from upstate New York, kicks off its third season with Rochester’s own Lou Gramm and The Lou Gramm Band on Sunday, January 8 at 7 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11). Recorded at the Rochester Public Market last summer, WXXI captured Gramm’s concert along with performances by The Tommy Brunett Band and The Coupe DeVilles. The Tommy Brunett Band and The Coupe DeVilles will be featured together in their own OnStage episode on Sunday, February 12 at 7 p.m.

The Lou Gramm Band, led by Gramm, includes musicians Don Mancuso, Ben Gramm, Andy Knoll and AD Zimmerman. Gramm is an American rock vocalist and songwriter who was born and raised in Rochester. For more than 25 years, he was the lead vocalist for the rock band Foreigner. He has also enjoyed a successful solo career. Gramm’s musical career began in his mid-teens, playing in local Rochester bands, including St. James Infirmary (later The Infirmary), PHFFT, Poor Heart, and the Black Sheep.

Twenty area musicians, who were selected from WXXI’s Band Call – where 125 bands entered submissions to be part of OnStage – join The Lou Gramm Band in this 12-part series. Each episode features two bands, performing their own half-hour sets. Below are the bands selected with airdates for those scheduled in January and February:

  • Andrew Marks
  • Blue Jimmy (airs 1/22)
  • Bobby Henrie & The Goners
  • Chinchillas (airs 1/22)
  • Clearly From Negligence
  • Cruelty Free
  • Funknut
  • Joe Crookston
  • The Makepeace Brothers (airs on 1/15)
  • Miche Fambro
  • Mikaela Davis (airs on 1/15)
  • MoChester (airs on 1/29)
  • Teressa Wilcox (airs on 2/26)
  • Po' Boys Brass Band(airs on 2/19)
  • The Prickers (airs on 2/19)
  • Teagan and the Tweeds
  • Tinted Image (airs on 1/29)
  • Tony Brown
  • Violet Mary (airs on 2/26)
  • Walri

The weekly series will air Sundays at 7 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD, and will repeat the following Saturday at 12 midnight. A radio version of the series will begin airing on WRUR-FM 88.5 and WITH-FM 90.1 in February 2012.

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

WXXI launched OnStage in 2007, when it was awarded 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. The fund is no longer in existence, but thanks to the support of The Genesee Brewing Company, WXXI was able to produce a new season of this examination of Upstate New York music.

Photo: Lou Gramm
Credit: © Len DeLessio


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