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Rochester NY Happy New Year 2014!

    Welcome to the first edition of 2014, I hope you enjoy the new format. I have been documenting Rochester, NY News Weather Sports, and primarily Entertainment events on this website since March of 2002. Photos and videos published prior to 2013 are indexed under the Photo & Video links, new content is now being listed under the Events link. Prior to that I began with just Webcams in the late 1990's via my account on Frontiernet.Net and I'm still publishing what are the longest running webcams in Rochester, NY. I have been working on publishing new content as a current event, rather than a historical event for a couple of years now. There have been many new stories told on RocPic.Com in the last year, and there are a few more to be added. Most of what you will find on RocPic.Com is what I like to call the "Good ROC" you will find more than a decade of Rochester, NY photos and videos on RocPic.Com, 99% of which show Rochester in a positive light. Much has changed in the last year.  My pursuit of quality when shooting concert photos using available light is acceptable. Producing music videos with less crowd noise, and close ups on most solos has become the norm. I am now comfortable working on this website with cascading style sheets, and an editor. In 2014, I will return to publishing on RocPic.Com as I did before the arrival of MySpace and Facebook. Social media is a great place to announce what I publish, but it is a black hole for the content itself. 

    I would urge anybody who creates original content to take control of what you create by publishing it to your own website, and not on social media. I am kicking off 2014 with a look at the last 6 months of 2013, a few of the highlights from 
July - December, and I will be back in a couple of weeks with a look at the first 6 months of 2013. Currently you will see an emphasis on the Super Sunday Soul Jam, a new event / open mic, that falls on Sunday afternoons. As I work 3rd shift, this is a perfect time for me to hang out for 5 hours shooting pictures and video, and I have shot 7 weeks of the SSSJ and plan to shoot at least 3 more. Beyond entertainment, I will be publishing many stories in 2014 that focus on people, and places of interest in Rochester, NY and because I don't live in a bubble, I will be adding a "Bad ROC" link to RocPic.Com. Keep in mind, this is a multimedia website where content really is king. RocPic.Com has always been about bringing you the BIG picture, and in video, quality sound, so this site is best viewed on a real computer, hooked up to a decent sound system, using Firefox. Also, almost every link on RocPic.Com opens in a new window, so you must enable pop ups to get the most from this site, there is NO pop up advertising on RocPic.Com. There will be MANY updates to the front page of RocPic.Com in 2014, and under the hood, so be sure to refresh the page when you visit (F5) Are you ready to ROC? Enjoy! Ron M. 


The Buddhahood ~ CD "Root" Release at Lovin' Cup

The Buddhahod at the Lovin Cup Rochester NY for the Buddhahood CD Root Release Show

Photo: The Buddhahood L to R - Jim Schwarz, Matthew Sieber-Ford, Paul Mastriani, Gabe Costanzo, Courtney Balles, Peetle Doo (behind Courtney),
Rick Whitney, and Chris Di Stasio performing live in support of their 
new CD Root at Lovin' Cup Rochester, NY
Friday, December 20th, 2013

The Buddhahood "Sacred Dance" Lovin' Cup

Video: The Buddhahood performing "Sacred Dance" 
live as the opening song at their "Root" CD release at Lovin' Cup Rochester, NY
Friday, December 20th, 2013

The Buddhahood "Dirt Sleep" Lovin' Cup

Video: The Buddhahood performing "Dirt Sleep" 
live at their "Root" CD release at Lovin' Cup Rochester, NY
Friday, December 20th, 2013

More: I teamed up with Ron Trip and shot The Buddhahood and Thunder Body on January 19th, 2014 at the 6th Annual January Thaw Concert, held for the first time at the German House / Zeppa Bistro & Auditorium . Watch for pics and video of the full sets by both bands by checking the Events link here on RocPic.Com. Also, the first video I will post from the 2014 January Thaw Concert, will feature Calvin Cavagnaro making his debut performance as a member of The Buddhahood horn section. I have been shooting The Buddhahood for more than a decade now, much of it can be found on RocPic.Com. There is a page on RocPic.Com that will be updated soon, dedicated to the late great, Tony Cavagnaro, RocPic.Com/Tony founder of The Buddhahood.  Thunder Body fans might enjoy viewing the debut performance of Thunder Body, before they had their band name, video Thursday, April 2nd, 2010 Thunder Body Eastman Theater

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Santa Is A Bassman ~ Super Sunday Jingle Jam

Santa is a Bassman - Mitty Moore Captains Attic Rochester NY December 2013

Photo: Santa Claus is a bassman! In the off season Santa has a gig playing bass with Mitty & The Followers right here in Rochester, NY I caught up with
him at the Captain's Attic spotted his sleigh in the ample parking lot at
37 Charlotte Street Rochester, NY performing in the Super Sunday Jingle Jam 
with Mitty Moore 
Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

"Silent Night" Super Sunday Jingle Jam Mitty & Followers

Video: "Silent Night" by Mitty & The Followers  with Jonathan Tucker, Shawn Rotolo, Mitty Moore, Marco Cultrara, George Calvin Austin, Street Willie, Nate Anderson, Jed Wilson, Captain's Attic, Renee Nicole Anderson, Nate Renee Anderson, Richard Maxwell, Drew Gansz, Bobby BlackWolf Spencer and James Catino. numerous other Rochester, NY musicians attending this special edition of the SSSJ aka Super Sunday Jingle Jam at the Captain's Attic 37 Charlotte St. Downtown Rochester, NY.  The Super Sunday Jingle Jam was held 
Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

More: I rushed this video out for Christmas. I will be posting all of the video and photos from this 4 hour show. Check the Events page on RocPic.Com for a link to all of the photos and videos from this show. Also, remember, there is always a Christmas page link year round on RocPic.Com and featured at the top of the website during the Holiday Season. There will be new Christmas videos from  Buddhahood, Anonymous Willpower, Moon Zombies, John Payton Project,  and Mitty & The Followers added to the Christmas page for 2014

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Buzzo Bruno Super Sunday Soul Jam Week 9

Buzzo Bruno is Santa Buzzo at the Super Sunday Soul Jam

Photo: Buzzo Bruno owner of Buzzo Music in Geneseo, NY and trumpet player extraordinaire, wearing his Santa hat during his appearance at week number 9 of the Super Sunday Soul Jam at the Captain's Attic, Rochester, NY
Sunday, December 8th, 2013

Jon Dretto ~ Super Sunday Soul Jam Week 9

Jon Dretto at the Captain's Attic Rochester NY December 2013

Photo: PRS Artist Jon Dretto playing his guitar at Mitty & The Followers Super Sunday Soul Jam Week 9  Check out Jon and more than 100 other Rochester, NY area musicians who have attended the Super Sunday Soul Jam by typing or clicking this link RocPic.Com/Soul  
Sunday, December 8th, 2013

Super Sunday Soul Jam Week 9

Video: Super Sunday Soul Jam week 9 opening segment with L to R Jonathan Tucker, Mitty Moore, Jon Dretto, Jeff Hobbs (hidden on drums) and James Catino. The SSSJ happens each Sunday from 3PM thru 7PM or 8PM
Sunday, December 8th, 2013

More: Jon Dretto is one of the young guns you can frequently catch at the
Super Sunday Soul Jam. Many young musicians take the stage at the SSSJ thanks to the early hours of 3PM - 7PM or 8PM for this great open jam / open mic at the Captain's Attic 37 Charlotte Street Downtown Rochester, NY. Also, Jon Dretto, 15, good kid, good family. 
Shortcut URL = RocPic.Com/Soul

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Buzzo Bruno All Stars Captains Attic Rochester NY

The Buzzo Bruno All Stars debut performance at the Captain's Attic 37 Charlotte Street Rochester NY

Photo: Buzzo Bruno All Stars - L to R - Captain Jack, David Murphy, Buzzo Bruno, Zach Dozer, and Raymond Miller.  Buzzo Bruno All Stars making their debut performance at the Captain's Attic, Downtown Rochester, NY  held on Saturday, November 30th, 2013

Buzzo Bruno 2 Trumpets ~ Mustang Sally ~

Buzzo Bruno 2 Trumpets ~ Mustang Sally ~ Captains Attic Rochester NY November 30th 2013

Photo: Buzzo Bruno playing two trumpets while performing "Mustang Sally" live at the Captain's Attic  37 Charlotte Street Rochester, NY 
Saturday, November 30th, 2013

Buzzo Bruno All Stars Mustang Sally 

Video: The Buzzo Bruno All Stars performing "Mustang Sally" during their debut show at the Captain's Attic, 37 Charlotte Street Rochester, NY. Watch the full set, the entire show, and view more photos at Buzzo Bruno All Stars 
Saturday, November 30th, 2013

More: Every region has it's characters, and although Buzzo Bruno has his roots in Geneseo, NY, he is still a ROC icon. I think most people who know of Buzzo, would identify him as the owner of record store  Buzzo Music, having been exposed to his TV ads proclaiming "Buzzo Buzzo Buzzo Buzzo". I'm sure you will enjoy his trumpet playing, his vocals, and his All Star Band. On my journey as a fan of the ROC music scene, I pick up bit's of music knowledge along the way, the most recent was the comparison of Buzzo Bruno to Rahsaan Roland Kirk a man who played multiple instruments simultaneously. 
Shortcut URL = RocPic.Com/Buzzo

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MoChester Rochester Memorial Art Gallery

MoChester live at the Rochester, NY Memorial Art Gallery September 2013

Photo: MoChester L to R Jonathan Sheffer: Keys/Vocals, Alex Melville: Drums, Brandon Sheffer: Guitar/Vocals, Ben Overmyer: Bass, live at the 
Rochester Memorial Art Gallery in support of their new CD Lost & Found 
Friday, September 27th, 2013

Amy Montrois working the merch table for MoChester at the ROC MAG

Photo: Amy Montrois MoChester Public Relations and working the merch table for MoChester at the Rochester Memorial Art Gallery. Amy makes all the arrangements for photo & video shoots, every band needs someone like Amy!
Friday, September 27th, 2013

MoChester Lost & Found CD Release ROC MAG

Video: MoChester The full set from their "Lost & Found" CD release party at the ROC MAG aka Rochester Memorial Art Gallery  
Set List: Down the Line,  Along The Way, 30 Miles To Santa Monica, 
Disagree To Agree, Lost And Found, Hometown Hero, All At Once, 
Crackerjack Tattoos, Stand By Me, Between The Sheets, Angela After All, Scapegoat,  Around The Block, Reasons Why, City On The Side, Sir Duke, 
Met Too Young, Saturday Night
Friday, September 27th, 2013

More: All photos, and video of the full set by MoChester are posted here.
Click a band for video of the full sets by Right Turn Racer, Pilot Suits, or the Moon Zombies . Check the RocPic.Com/Events link in the future for information on photos of the opening bands.

More: I've shot pics and video of MoChester about a half dozen times now, if you are a fan you will find more MoChester videos at YouTube.Com/RocPic  and more photos on my Facebook page FaceBook.Com/RocPicVid as well as the MoChester website .  MoChester has a great team of family and friends backing them, they are all kind and respectful towards me, and the band draws 
a friendly crowd, which is what I like to see  when I am in a
large bar, or nightclub. 
Shortcut URL = RocPic.Com/Mochester

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Remembering Aaron Plunkett

Aaron Plunkett's Public Memorial Balloon Release Cobbs Hill Park Rochester NYPhoto: Balloon release at Aaron Plunkett's Public Memorial held at the Tay House Lodge in Cobbs Hill Park, Rochester, NY 
Monday, August 26, 2013

Aaron Plunkett Public Memorial Cobbs Hill

Video: Aaron Plunkett's Public Memorial at Tay House Lodge
Cobbs Hill Park , Rochester, NY 
Monday, August 26th, 2013

Celebrating the Life of Aaron Plunkett at Water Street Music Hall Rochester NY

Photo: L to R -  Megan Rogers, Jason Dornford and Jen Plunkett.  
Water Street Music Hall Rochester, NY
Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Park Ave Band Celebrating Aaron Plunkett

Video: The Park Ave Band performing live at Water Street Music Hall as the opening act for "Celebrating the Life of Aaron Plunkett". Aaron was the owner of Aaron's Alley on Monroe Ave. and passed away suddenly in July of 2013
Thursday, August 1st, 2013

More: Video & photos of the bands at this show, click for: Park Ave BandCravin' Bliss, Into The Now, or the Hollywood Squares 

More: Aaron Plunkett was a friend of mine, I lived on or near Monroe Ave where his store Aaron's Ally is located, for more than a decade of my recent life.  Aaron's Alley was / is, the equivalent of the barber shop, with multiple regular customers stopping by to discuss the weather.  Aaron Plunkett is another regional character, known by many for his store Aaron's Alley, but  much more in Rochester and around Monroe Ave. as a friend to all the many people who visited his store.  Missed by many, his family and friends are keeping his memory alive with the promise that "Aaron's Alley
will continue operating. 
Shortcut URL = RocPic.Com/Aaron

Photos: Old Aarons Alley 2002 across from the current store 

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Anonymous Willpower ~ Lovin' Cup 12/20/2013

Anonymous Willpower at the Lovin Cup Rochester NY for the Buddhahood CD Root Release Show

Photo: Anonymous Willpower L to R - Don Blair, John Eric Payton, Suzi Blair, Harry Roberts, and Bob Olson, prior to their set at Lovin' Cup Rochester, NY
Friday, December 20th, 2013

Anonymous Willpower  "Paid In Love"

Video: Anonymous Willpower  "Paid In Love" 
live at the Lovin' Cup  Buddhahood CD Release Party, Rochester, NY
Friday, December 20th, 2013

More: If you enjoy Anonymous Willpower I will be posting the full set from this show soon. Also, if you visit YouTube.Com/RocPic and search for Suzi Willpower you will find her in numerous videos by RocPic.Com with many Rochester, NY bands, at  events / venues such as Party In The Park, Rochester Lilac Festival, January Thaw Concert, and the Pietzche Nietzche's Diva Show.

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C'est Bon Holiday Bash RCZN Harmony House

C'est Bon

Photo: C'est Bon at the Rochester Cajun Zydeco Network Holiday Bash at Harmony House in Webster, NY. Hard Rockin, Foot Stompin, Girl-Powered Cajun Dancehall Music  L to R -  Betsy Terr Fuller - Guitar, Barbara K Sanders - Accordion, Susi Mills - Fiddle, Jane DeLisa - Fiddle, Evelyn Schneider - Bass, 
Mr. Sister (Paul Mastriani) Drums 
Sunday, December 15th, 2013

C'est Bon "Reno Waltz" Holiday Bash Harmony House

Video: C'est Bon performing the "Reno Waltz" live at the
Rochester Cajun Zydeco Network
Holiday Bash held at the
historic Harmony House in Webster NY 
Sunday, December 15th, 2013

More: C'est Bon is a real treat for serious music fans.  How unique is 5 women playing Cajun Dancehall Music? Plus Mr. Sister on Drums.  A great band,  show, venue, and audience. Like many of the bands I cover, there is a Buddhahood connection to this band, that being Paul Mastriani, Buddhahood drummer.
Shortcut URL = RocPic.Com/CB or RocPic.Com/Cestbon

More: C'est Bon Set List: RCZN Holiday Bash Harmony House Webster NY
Reno Waltz, Quelle Etoile, McGee's Reel, La Bouteille, 
Jeunes Filles De La Campagne,
Jongle a Moi, Bonsoir, Moreau,
Mamou Two Step,
Jolie Bassette, Blues a Bosco, Memmentau Waltz,  
J'etais Au Bal
, Rollo's Waltz,  Catch My Fiddle,  Bosco Stomp,
La Vie Malheureuse
, Kaplan Waltz, Blues De CajunEnterre-Moi Pas
Viens Me Chercher, Back O'Town Two Step, Blues Du Tac Tac, 
Grandma's Waltz
,  Parlez-Nous A Boire, Cajun From Church Point

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Drew Gansz ~ Super Sunday Soul Jam Week 9

Drew Gansz Super Sunday Soul Jam Week 9

Photo: Drew Gansz playing his guitar at the Captain's Attic 37 Charlotte Street Rochester, NY during Super Sunday Soul Jam Week 9 
Sunday, December 8th, 2013

Nate & Renee ~ Super Sunday Soul Jam Week 9

Nate and Renee Super Sunday Soul Jam Week 9 Captain's Attic Rochester NY

Photo: "Nate & Renee" Anderson foreground, Jonathan Tucker, Mitty Moore, Jeff Hobbs, Drew Gansz, and James Catino, on stage at the Captain's Attic 37 Charlotte Street Rochester, NY for Super Sunday Soul Jam Week 9. 
Sunday, December 8th, 2013

Nate & Renee, Drew Gansz, Mitty & The Followers, Buzzo!

Video: This segment of Super Sunday Soul Jam Week #9 features Mitty Moore, Jonathan Tucker, Renee Nicole Anderson, Nate Anderson, James Catino, Jeff Hobbs, Keith Stevens, Doug Egling, Buzzo Bruno, Drew Gansz, Street Willie, Mitty & The Followers, and probably a few I missed,at the Captain's Attic 
37 Charlotte Street Rochester, NY 
Sunday, December 8th, 2013

More: Drew Gansz is one of the young guns you can frequently catch at the Super Sunday Soul Jam and you will find him in many of the SSSJ videos already posted here on RocPic.Com. Drew also plays out with Nate & Renee Anderson, also frequent visitors to the SSSJ as well as Joe Beard. Nate & Renee will have everybody at  your party dancing ! Also, Drew Gansz, 16, good kid, good family. 
Shortcut URL = RocPic.Com/Soul

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John Cianciola Benefit Show Captain's Attic

Jon Dretto - Sugar & The Condiments - Hoochie Coochie Man

Photo: Sugar & The Condiments with Jon Dretto on guitar at the 
John Cianciola Benefit Show held at the Captain's Attic 37 Charlotte Street
Downtown Rochester, NY this event held on
Saturday, December 7th, 2013

Jon Dretto Sugar & The Condiments ~ Cianciola Benefit

Video: "Hoochie Coochie Man" by Sugar & The Condiments featuring Jon Dretto on guitar, Friends Are Like Diamonds John Cianciola Benefit Show 
held at the Captain's Attic 37 Charlotte Street Rochester, NY
Saturday, December 7th, 2013

More: There will be a benefit show for John Cianciola Saturday, March 1st
Brews & Blues 2014 and John Cianciola Benefit 7:00 PM at
The River's Edge 31 Paul Road Rochester, NY 14624

More: I shot photos and video of the first 3 hours of the 
Friends Are Like Diamonds John Cianciola Benefit Show
watch the videos now, and check back in the future for a photo gallery from this show that also featured the following Rochester, NY bands and musicians: Mitty & The Followers, Mitty Moore, Jeff Hobbs, Steve LyonsJim Greco, Kevin DeHond, "Rockin"  Rodger Chenelly, Keith Stevens, Jonathan Tucker, Edward Ted Peck, Dave Drum, Jimmy Bonanno, Jon Dretto, Sylvia HartDana Valentine, Miz Mo, Street Willie, Paul Refici, Don Willard, James Catino, Vin Pastore,  Beau Ryan, Nate's New Brew, Julius Varrenti and Nate Coffey 
Shortcut URL = RocPic.Com/JC

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Mitty & The Followers Super Sunday Soul Jam Week 3

Mitty And The Followers House Band Super Sunday Soul Jam Week 3

Photo: Mitty & The Followers opening song at week number 3 of the 
Super Sunday Soul Jam held at the Captain's Attic Rochester, NY. In this photo L to R are: Jon Tucker, Mitty Moore, Jeff Hobbs, James Catino, and Street Willie.
Sunday, October 27th, 2013

Street Willie & Mitty Moore SSSJ Week 3

Street Willie and Mitty Moore - Mitty And The Followers Captains Attic

Photo: Street Willie and Mitty Moore at the conclusion of  
Super Sunday Soul Jam
week number 3 at the Captain's Attic 37 Charlotte St. 
Downtown Rochester, NY 
Sunday, October 27th, 2013

Super Sunday Soul Jam Week 3 Episode 1

Video: Super Sunday Soul Jam with Mitty & The Followers episode number 1. Shot during week number 3 of the SSSJ  this is part 1 of 5 week 3, the week that got this Fall & Winter party started for me.
Sunday, October 27th, 2013

More: So this would be my first visit to the Super Sunday Soul Jam. You may be familiar with Street Willie from the Brother Wease Show heard on WFXF 95.1FM, and you may have heard of Mitty & The Followers also on the Brother Wease show.  Like many of the bands I cover, there is a Buddhahood connection to this band, that being Paul Mastriani, Buddhahood drummer and former drummer for Mitty & The Followers. I originally shot Mitty & The Followers at the Corn Hill Arts Festival in 2010. I met Street Willie Memorial Day weekend at the Veterans Outreach Center a few years ago when Brother Wease was doing a remote broadcast from South Ave. in front of the Outreach Center building. By time I reach 10 episodes of the SSSJ, there will be about 40 hours of video featuring 100's of Rochester, NY musicians, and you will spot Street Willie in the videos taking care of the open mic sign up sheet and taking pictures. There are currently 7 weeks of SSSJ posted here with a goal of 10, I will be back at the Captain's Attic on February 9th, & 16th, 2014 to shoot episodes 8 & 9 of 10.  Fall & Winter are normally the off season for shooting video, so the SSSJ has really been a welcome challenge as I move forward in upping the quality of the photos, videos, and website, while striving for a quicker delivery time of new content.  
Shortcut URL = RocPic.Com/Soul

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Bandaloop Rochester NY Fringe Festival 2013

Bandaloop Rochester Fringe Festival 2013

Photo: 5 BANDALOOP dancers form a pyramid on the side of "One HSBC Plaza" at the First Niagara Rochester NY Fringe Festival 2013 exclusive photos and video on RocPic.Com Fringe Festival 2013 
Friday, September 20th, 2013

Bandaloop Rochester Fringe Festival 2013

Video: BANDALOOP ~ Rochester NY Fringe Festival 2013 from RocPic.Com  
Friday, September 20th, 2013

More: All Bandaloop photos & video Rochester Fringe Fest 2013
I will be spending much more time at the 2014 Rochester Fringe Festival now that I have a better feel for it, and the new ability to publish my adventures with a quickness. 

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Fireworks Rochester, NY 4th of July, 2013

Fireworks Rochester NY 4th of July 2013

Photo: Fireworks burst above the Rochester, NY skyline in celebration of Independence Day 2013 as seen from Corn Hill Landing on the West bank of the Genesee River in Rochester, NY
Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Fireworks Rochester, NY 4th of July, 2013

Video: Fireworks Rochester, NY 4th of July . Shot from the West bank of the Genesee River just South of downtown Rochester at Corn Hill Landing.
Thursday, July 4th,  2013

More: There are more than 30 fireworks photos here, plus the fireworks video is at the top of the page. This was my 2nd attempt at photographing fireworks. Photographing fireworks falls right in line with my other efforts working with available light when shooting local bands in clubs and concert halls. I promise there will be more fireworks, fire jugglers, and glowing hula hoops in 2014

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