Hochstein at High Falls: Genesee Johnny
The High Falls Business Association has once again teamed up with the Hochstein School of Music & Dance and WXXI to present Hochstein at High Falls, a noontime summer concert series. The series includes ten outdoor concerts Thursday afternoons at 12:10 pm during June, July and August. Weather permitting, they will be held in the Granite Mills Park near the Pont de Rennes Bridge and will feature a diverse mix of musical artists and instructors. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own seating and lunch, or pick up a great lunch at area restaurants (like La Luna and Fina's Cafe). Each performance runs approximately 50 minutes.
In January of 2013 Genesee Johnny began performing as an acoustic blues duo with Ryan Griffith on upright bass and bass guitar. Ryan and John began to book as a duo and John also continued to book as Genesee Johnny, playing solo shows. Mike Pavone rounded out the River Rats adding Harmonica, 2nd Guitar, Mandolin, and Banjo. In the Summer of 2013, Joe Myers added drums & percussion. Joe played with "The Spirit of Ontario" with John Sacheli prior to relocating to Florida in 2012. The band branched off from it’s strict revival of Mississippi Delta Blues and began to incorporate Chicago & modern Blues, Folk, early Country and Rock and Roll, and some original songs as well while keeping a mainly acoustic approach. They performed their first show as "Genesee Johnny and the River Rats" in Spring of 2013. The debut album, "National Grid" was released in August of 2014.