Diving into Rochester’s Underground Music Scene with Ben Rossi of Friday In America

In episode 113, Ben chats with Ben Rossi from Friday In America, a Rochester band mixing rock, Americana, folk and hip-hop. As the band says, “If Abraham Lincoln was a band he’d be Friday In America.”

Friday in America has a range of influences spanning from The Band to The Roots, with the result a menagerie of music styles – from the heavy rock and funk arrangements of songs like “Hitman” to the stripped-down folk of “Water.”

In 2011, the band released their first full length album Cut the Brakes, and had the track “Water” featured in the closing scene of the AFI-Fest award-winning film The Hammer, which told the true story of deaf UFC fighter Matt Hamill.

The album’s rock and folk arrangements have garnered comparisons to artists like Jack Johnson and Bruce Springsteen, and have received regular rotation on shows like Scott Regan’s “Open Tunings” (NPR). The band’s love of all music and their ability to write and play across numerous mediums makes for a unique concert experience. They have opened for acts like Max Creek, Ekoostik Hookah, and the Ryan Montbleau Band, and are constantly fusing their disparate influences in a groove-oriented framework.

Timestamp:

00:31: “Hitman” by Friday In America

06:04: Conversation with Ben Albert and Ben Rossi

37:00: ” Renaissance” by Friday In America

41:29: Conversation Continued

1:00:19: “Six And Counting” by Friday In America

1:06:22: Conversation Conclusion

1:37:44: “Driftin” by Friday In America featuring Amanda Lee Peers

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The brainchild of Rochester native, Ben Albert, was created in 2016 to serve as a portfolio of the city, and nowadays, the entire region.

The podcast believes in the artistic brilliance abundant in Rochester, NY, and the surrounding regions. Ben seeks to play a pivotal role in our community by helping give Rochester a well-earned voice. He has seen first hand the abundance of talent, character, creativity, innovation, and beauty the Flower City has continuously offered.

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