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Rochester's metropolitan area had a population of over one million people in the 2010 Census. Places Rated Almanac has given the city high rankings for most livable city. Campuses include the University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology and Monroe Community College.

The history of the Rochester music scene has included Lydia Lunch and Joyce Sims. The East End district, which includes Eastman School of Music, has many nightclubs. The Rochester International Jazz Festival is a major annual summer event. The local scene is covered by Rochester Democrat and Chronicle and Rochester Indymedia.

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Local Highlights

The Rochester Music Hall of Fame holds ceremonies every year for new inductees. In 2013 the event was held at Eastman Theatre on April 28. It will be held at the same location on April 27, 2014. Inductees in 2013 included George Eastman, Foreigner vocalist Lou Gramm, delta blues singer Eddie James "Son" House, Jr. and television singer Mitch Miller. A few of the inductees were radio DJs: Nick Nickson, also known as "The Ole Professor," who was heard on WBBF, where Jack Palvino also worked.

Rochester ranks among the top cities in the nation for local music scenes, according to a survey in the Atlantic Cities in August 2012. It was one of the smaller cities in the top ten, ranking at number 9. Local music observers say that Rochester's high ranking is due to local music-related jobs, the symphony and Eastman School of Music. It also may be that the city supports the arts and entrepreneurialism. Other cities in the top ten were Nashville, New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Las Vegas, Portland, New Orleans and Minneapolis-St. Paul.

Some of the best places to see live shows in Rochester include Water Street Music Hall, Montage Music Hall and The Bug Jar. Getting band bookings at Water Street Music Hall is possible, although there are only limited slots for opening acts. It is typically not a venue that showcases new talent. The venue seeks hard working local bands that can show they have a significant following. A more suitable venue for up and coming talent is The Club at Water Street.

The fifth annual Rochester Music Hall of Fame concert and induction ceremony will be April 24, 2016 at the Eastman Theatre's Kodak Hall. Winners from 2015 included Ron Carter, Henry Juszkiewicz, Gap Mangione, William Warfield and Wilmer Alexander Jr. & The Dukes. The RMHF is a non-profit organization that honors musicians within the counties of Monroe, Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming, Livingston, Ontario, Yates, Seneca and Wayne.







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