Hot tickets, new shows

05:00 AM, Jan 31, 2013

Several members of The Campbell Brothers are featured on the new Slide Brothers CD and will play a show with George Thorogood. (Provided photo)/


Written By Jeff Spevak | Staff music critic

News of The Campbell Brothers, Rochester’s sacred steel stars, has been slow in developing. That’s about to change. The band is a big part of the new Slide Brothers CD, which comes out in February. The Campbells have an album of their own also ready for release this year. The Slide Brothers, organized by fellow sacred steel star Robert Randolph and featuring four of the Campbells, are joined by George Thorogood & the Destroyers for what should be a thoroughly rocking 7:30 p.m. March 6 show at Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca St., Geneva, Ontario County.

That Slide Brothers CD was produced by Eddie Kramer, best known for his work with Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones. Tickets ($38) are available at thesmith.org.

While you’re planning a drive to Geneva, Kathleen Edwards should be a really good show. The Canadian singer-songwriter has a 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 show as part of the Smith Club Series at Ventosa Vineyards, Route 96A, in Geneva. Edwards will be accompanied by a trio with Sera Cahoone opening.

Tickets ($20 for the show; $45 for the 6 p.m. dinner followed by the show) are available at (315) 781-5483 and thesmith.org.

Rochester’s premier R&B and funk band, Prime Time Funk, celebrates the life of its co-founder, Ralph Ortiz, with a 9:30 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 2) show at Ray Ray’s Bar & Grill, 2260 Clifford Ave. Ortiz, the band’s co-founder and bass player, and a familiar figure on the local scene with other bands for years, died of cancer four years to the day of this show.

Ray Ray’s, a new venue in the city off Culver Road near Savoia Pastry Shop, plays host to live music once a month, including recent shows with the Rochester bands Mambo Kings and Victor Antonetti’s Orchestra. Admission is $10.

Almost four decades into its founding by percussionist Kahil El’Zabar, the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble remains one of the important jazz groups focusing on African influences. The trio, which does not ignore jazz icons such as Ornette Coleman and Miles Davis, returns for an 8:30 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 6) show at Lovin’ Cup Bistro & Brews, 300 Park Point Drive, Henrietta, near the Rochester Institute of Technology campus.

Tickets ($18 in advance; $20 at the door) are available at the venue and the Bop Shop.

The hard-rocking Deftones have a 7 p.m. March 3 show at the Main Street Armory, 900 E. Main St. In November, the band released its seventh studio album, Kio No Yokan, which debuted at No. 11 on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart, so apparently the longtime rockers aren’t dead yet.

Tickets ($30 in advance; $35 the day of the show) are available at ticketfly.com. For more, check rochestermainstreetarmory.com.

Confederate Railroad is joined by locals Closin’ Time and the Justin Bachulak Band for a 7 p.m. Feb. 8 country show at the Main Street Armory, 900 E. Main St. Thirty percent of all ticket sales benefit the victims and their families of December’s West Webster Fire Department tragedy.

Tickets ($15 to $45) are available at ticketfly.com. For more, check rochestermainstreetarmory.com.