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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.

Music HOF induction class revealed

Feb. 26, 2019 -- Five new members will be inducted into the Rochester Music Hall of Fame this spring.

Those being honored are are composer and record producer Jack Allocco, co-founding member of the Beach Boys Al Jardine, folk singer Christine Lavin, promoter and club owner Jeff Springut and radio station WCMF-FM (96.5).

WCMF personality Dave Kane will be presented a special merit award for his 38 years on the air and his contributions to music in the community.

The ceremony is scheduled for April 28 at the Eastman Theatre.

Allocco is an 11-time Emmy Award-winning composer honored more than a dozen times at the ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards.

Jardine was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland in 1988 and was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award Grammy.

Lavin, who has recorded 23 albums, has won five ASCAP composer awards.

Springut ran the Red Creek Inn in Henrietta from 1970 to 1997, brining man established and rising stars to the area. He currently books concerts for Highland Bowl and Kodak Center.

Owned by Entercom Rochester, WCMF is one of only five rock stations in the nation that have not changed its format or call letters in more than half a century.

Irondequoit drummer Gadd earns first Grammy Award

Feb. 10, 2019 -- Irondequoit native Steve Gadd took home his first Grammy at the 61st annual Grammy Awards. The Steve Gadd Band's self-titled album won for for best contemporary instrumental album.

Gadd, 74, was previously nominated for a Grammy in the same category for 2016's "Way Back Home: Live from Rochester, NY."

Bat McGrath returns to perform sold-out show

Jan. 28, 2019 -- Singer/songwriter Bat McGrath, 73, gave what likely was his final performance, dazzling more than 700 friends and fans at the downtown Lyric Theatre.

McGrath recently revealed he has been diagnosed with colon cancer and likely has only months left to live. AFter the show was announced, tickets sold out in less than two days.

"I just wanted to end up the way I started," he told the audience. "Just kind of schlep out here with my guitar."

Ticketmaster acknowledges glitch, will make amends

Jan. 10, 2019 -- Ticketmaster confirmed in improperly voided dozens of tickets to the Hootie and the Blowfish concert at CMAC scheduled for this summer. A company spokesperson said Ticketmaster was trying to fend off bots trying to buy scores of tickets to sell at a higher price later on, but security measures went askew and inadvertently flagged similar IP addresses as suspicious.

Ticketmaster told WHEC-TV it was working to issue new tickets for the Aug. 9 show at the same price and waive the related fees.

Singer/songwriter McGrath reveals terminal diagnosis

Jan. 3, 2019 -- Rochester Music Hall of Fame inductee Bat McGrath is at peace with his recent diagnosis of terminal cancer and has decided against further treatment, he told WHAM-TV.

McGrath, 73, learned shortly before Christmas that the disease had spread beyond his colon and was inoperable.

"It's a personal choice. It's the way I want to leave. I don't want to be sick for a couple of years," McGrath said. "I've had the best, absolute best, life. I'm totally at peace with the decision."


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