Jeff Spevak

New identity for Water Street Music Hall hopes to build off good memories of old

Water Street Music Hall, which had been the most-significant club on the local scene since the late 1980s, is rising from the ashes of discord once...
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Fri, 10/18/2019 - 11:12am
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Your Name Here: WXXI launches arts column

This is the start. It’s like the opening moments of a “Star Trek” episode, where you know the new young guy in the blue shirt will be the one to die at...
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Thu, 10/17/2019 - 6:28am
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WXXI expands arts coverage; announces hiring of Jeff Spevak as lead reporter

WXXI has announced that it will expand its coverage of the arts. “Thanks to support from our donors, we are in a unique position to enhance our existing...
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Mon, 10/07/2019 - 4:28am
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Bat McGrath, an iconic part of the Rochester music scene, has died

Bat McGrath died Tuesday night, in much the same way as he wrote and sang. With no drama, no fuss, quietly, at his mountainside home in Tennessee with...
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Wed, 10/02/2019 - 3:36am
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Spevak: Why can't every night be like Fringe Fest?

Watching a guy regurgitate a string of razor blades doesn’t necessarily ruin a beautiful September evening in Rochester. The KeyBank Rochester Fringe...
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Wed, 09/18/2019 - 3:20am
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KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival: a Jeff Spevak preview

It is immigration of the most-fearful order. A caravan arriving at East Main and Chestnut streets, proceeding to Parcel 5, the gravel lot off East Main...
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Fri, 09/06/2019 - 12:20pm
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Jeff Spevak previews 'Woodstock ROCs,' a tribute to the 1969 concert

Fifty years after Jimi Hendrix’ “The Star-Spangled Banner” brought a close to the three days of rain, mud and 400,000 people that were Woodstock, those...
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Wed, 08/07/2019 - 6:55am
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Jeff Spevak previews the Rochester Teen Film Festival

The premise is two guys sitting across a table from a guy who’s found “a bag.” The dialogue is dry film noir, with amusing, non-sequitur detours. Who...
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Mon, 08/05/2019 - 5:31am
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Jeff Spevak: a conversation with songwriter Mikaela Davis

As many folks are aware, the Netherlands is totally cool with your recreational use of marijuana. Denmark? Not so much. And here was Mikaela Davis,...
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Thu, 07/18/2019 - 1:29pm
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Jazz Fest 2019, Day 8: Jeff reviews Catherine Russell, Jubilation!, and Itamar Borochov Quartet

Minding history The centuries haven't been kind to humanity. There really isn't a lot we need to relive about the past. Except the music. Backed by an...
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Sat, 06/29/2019 - 1:41am
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