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Singer Gramm hospitalized with respiratory infection

Oct. 1, 2019 -- Rock singer Lou Gramm was hospitalized last week in Rochester with a respiratory infection, according to tweets from the Foreigner account on Twitter.

Gramm, 69, was slated to play four shows this month with Foreigner as part of the Double Vision: Then & Now Tour. The band, both original and current members, reunited in early 2018 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of its popular second album.

Gramm, Foreigner's lead singer and songwriter, announced in December 2018 that he was stepping away from his solo career.

Singer Keys, producer hsuband interested in Macedon complex

Aug. 9, 2019 -- Grammy-winning singer Alicia Keys and her husband are are interested in transforming a Macedon property into a combined performing arts center and recording studio according to the Times of Wayne County.

The three-building complex on 110 acres on Route 31, east of Wayneport Road, was built in the early 1960s as the Kordite Technical Center before becoming the Exon/Mobile Center. It was later sold to Jindal Films Company.

Keys and producer Swizz Beatz, whose real name is Kasseem Dean, reportedly will tour the property this summer. Representatives of the couple appeared at a Macedon town board meeting to discuss the property assessment.

Keys has won 15 Grammy awards since 2001. Beatz is an accomplished hip-hop & R&B producer who has worked with Jay Z, Beyonce and Kanye West. Keys and Beatz were married in 2010.

Rochester musician Joe Dady dies

May 19, 2019 -- Joe Dady, a staple on the Rochester folk and Irish roots music scene as half of the Dady Brothers duo, died at the age of 61.

Dady had been diagnosed in October with leukemia. His brother and bandmate John had donated stem cells in an attempt to cure the cancer.

The Dady Brothers released 11 albums together and played an estimated 7,000 shows over a span of 45 years.

"I told my brother when they diagnosed me with this, I said, 'You know, we’ve been down a lot of roads, you and I. We're lucky to have come this far and have such great experiences,'" Joe Dady told the Democrat and Chronicle in April 2019.

Ward Stare sets exit date from RPO

May 13, 2019 -- Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra music director Ward Stare announced he will step down at the end of summer in 2021.

When he leaves, Stare will have served as music director for seven years.

"We have accomplished so many positive things over the past five years, and I know we will accomplish even more in the next two seasons," Stare said in a statement. "Although I am stating my future intentions now, I am fully focused on the next two seasons of important and creative work with the talented musicians of the RPO."

RPO Board Chair Ingrid Stanlis said the board will conduct a thorough search for Stare's successor.

Statue vandals plead guilty

April 4, 2019 -- Two men have pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal mischief related to vandalism of a Frederick Douglass statue on Tracey Street and will pay a total of $10,000 in restitution.

John Boedicker and Charles Milks were arrested last year after knocking the statue off its base and taking it.

The pleas from Boedicker and Milks came after they entered a restorative justice program. They met with the artist of the statue created as part of the celebration of Douglass' 200th birthday. They will also take part in a phone call with a descendant of Douglass and write a report.


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