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Kate Lee and the O’Connor Band are coming to town

4 Jan
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The O’Connor Band, with Webster native Kate Lee, will be coming to town the week of January 18.  Kate, second from left, is pictured with Forrest, Maggie and Mark O’Connor.

Grammy-winning bluegrass/Americana group the O’Connor Band– including Webster’s very own Kate Lee (Webster Schroeder ’10) — will be visiting from Nashville in a few weeks to perform at the Eastman Theatre and share their skills in our schools.

The O’Connor Band’s debut album, Coming Home, reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Bluegrass Albums chart in 2016 and won Best Bluegrass Album at the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards in 2017.

The band features legendary fiddle virtuoso and composer, Mark O’Connor, his wife Maggie O’Connor (fiddle/vocals), son Forrest O’Connor (mandolin/vocals), and Kate (fiddle/vocals), who last April officially joined the family when she married Forrest.

Before their Eastman Theatre performance, the group will spend two days educating students through Mark O’Connor’s O’Connor Method: An American School of String Playing. The O’Connor Band will perform at both high schools for Webster Central School District instrumental and choral ensemble students in grades 4-12 and high school junior-level social studies’ students. Mark will provide educational narrative regarding the historical time and place of the band’s bluegrass genre across generations. The O’Connor Band will also be visiting Rochester City School District’s School No. 19 to give a performance and master class to the school’s Strings for Success program.

On Friday night January 19, the band will conclude their visit with a performance at the Eastman Theatre, beginning at 8 p.m. Singer-songwriter Chris Wilson will open the show, which will feature music from the O’Connor Band’s Grammy-winning album as well as music from their 2017-released O’Connor Band LIVE! album.

Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theatre is located at 26 Gibbs Street in Rochester. For tickets, visit www.eastmantheatre.org/events/oconnor-band.

To learn more about the O’Connor Band, visit their website at www.oconnorband.com.

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Great Webster news (and not so great)

12 Feb
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Webster’s own Kate Lee on stage at the Grammys. (Provided photo)

I have some great Webster news to share with you this morning.

If you saw this morning’s paper, you saw a big story about local phenom fiddler Kate Lee, a 2010 Webster Schroeder graduate. This is an exciting day for Kate and her bluegrass group The O’Connor Band, because they have been nominated for a Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album.

I have had the honor of knowing Kate for many years. She attended Schroeder with my son, and they occasionally played together  at musical events. She was an amazing talent those many years ago and has only gotten better.

Click through to the D&C website to read Jeff Spevak’s story about Kate’s rise to fame, and sample some of the top-shelf music created by her and her O’Connor Band-mates. Then make sure to stay tuned this afternoon for their performance at the pre-ceremony, and then the award announcement later this afternoon, both of which will be streamed live.

Kate posted some details on Facebook this morning with the above photo from their rehearsal:

Here’s a picture of O’Connor Band sound checking this morning for our performance at the Grammy Premiere Ceremony tomorrow! You can watch us perform if you visit Grammy.com around 1:10p Pacific Time to stream the pretelecast live from Microsoft Theatre in LA! And the Best Bluegrass Album category will be announced around 2:45p Pacific Time!!

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Here’s another recent article from the D&C that might interest you, but this time the news is not so good.

After trying to make it a go for a little over a year, the Original Mac and Cheez restaurant on East Main Street has closed.

Saturday was the last day of operation for the storefront, but co-owner David Piergiacomi assures everyone that the very popular food truck will be back on the streets in April.  Read the whole story here, written by Tracy Schuhmacher.

As another East Main Street business bites the dust, that end of the village has become a ghost town. I swear there are more closed storefronts down there than there are open ones. Something needs to be done, and done soon, to start attracting more small businesses to town before Webster stops becoming a destination altogether.

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