4–24-08 High Fidelity, Rochester, NY poster by Chris Shaw

4/24/08 Moonalice poster by Chris ShawApril 24, 2008 High Fidelity, Rochester, New York
Moon­al­ice poster by Chris Shaw

Accord­ing to Moon­al­ice leg­end, Rochester, NY was a major cen­ter of Moon­al­ice cul­ture in the years before the white man came. From what we could see, the tribe is still promi­nent in Rochester. Around the cor­ner from our hotel was Stone Street Café. A few blocks away was a huge sign on an over­pass: Wel­come to High Falls. We felt right at home.

Rochester is home to some amaz­ing peo­ple. Susan B. Anthony was born here. Fred­er­ick Dou­glass lived here. Emma Gold­man, Cab Cal­loway, Philip Sey­mour Hoff­man, John Lith­gow, Chuck Man­gione, Ol’ Hoss Rad­bourne, Mitch Miller and Gorilla Mon­soon all hail from Rochester. But our favorite Rochester natives are the Fox sis­ters, Kate, Leah, and Mar­garet. They were spir­i­tu­al­ists in the 19th cen­tury. In their pres­ence, peo­ple could com­mu­ni­cate with the dead. Their séances attracted the best and bright­est of the time, includ­ing James Fen­i­more Cooper, Horace Gree­ley, and William Lloyd Gar­ri­son. For 40 years the Fox sis­ters were a phe­nom­e­non. Then they got mad at each other and one of the sis­ters blew the whis­tle. They had faked it from the word go. Bummer.


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