Monday, September 21, 2015

Hidden Talent

Prior to learning about Rochester, my perception of the region began and ended with snow.  If I were forced to provide further description, I might have used the adjectives agricultural and gritty.  After researching the area, it became clear that perhaps the best descriptive term would be talented.  Unbeknownst to the outside world is the plain and simple fact that Rochester is oozing with talent.  Iconic companies, Grammy-winning musicians, Oscar-winning actors, and Smithsonian-recognized artists have long been a part of the community fabric.  Creativity and quirkiness are recognized, admired, and fostered.  This week, those elements are on full display at the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival.  This multidisciplinary visual and performing arts extravaganza, which treads the line between quirky and weird, is now one of the best-attended fringe festivals in the country.

And the talent does not end there.  Here is an example of a Rochester band with immense musical aptitude that, perhaps due to the abundance of regional artistry, has somehow escaped the local radar.  In full disclosure, one of the members is our family music teacher.  The band is called Good Little Giants, and here is their first video:


1 comment:

  1. There is a lot of good music in Rochester. I’ve bought albums from Good Little Giants, 1916, Sirens and Sailors, Lou Gramm Band, Joywave, and many others.

    Rochester has a long history of good music. Check out the Rochester Music Hall of Fame for more examples.

    We also have many authors in the area. Maybe there is future column there.