Hot tickets, new shows
05:00 AM, Dec 13, 2012
Imagine George Harrison turned loose in a toy store. That’s A. Bogs, a Rochester musician who celebrates the release of his new Bogs Visionary Orchestra CD Alas, Alas, Alas! with a 7:30 p.m. Friday (Dec. 14) show at Bernunzio Uptown Music, 122 East Ave.
A devotee of “outsider art,” Alexander Bogs’ passion for creating difficult-to-interpret art objects fashioned from found objects is matched by his wildly obtuse musical compositions. On Alas, Alas, Alas!, Bogs picks up Rochester musicians here and there and plops them onto the sonic canvas. It’s mostly folks from the roots music scene, including Timothy Dick of Auld Lang Syne, who contributes the beautiful, desperately lost piano chords of the opening track, “Far Off & Gone.”
Eclectic sounds and off-kilter riffs are scattered throughout the album. There’s an alarm clock on “Sorrow Working Overtime,” whose circus atmosphere brings to mind the much-missed Colorblind James Experience. And wind chimes on “It’s Not Easy to Give Thanks.” Bogs’ banjo is appropriately menacing on “Some Dark Hollow,” and soulfully plaintive on the spiritually epic gunfighter poem, “The Sad Procession of Jesse James.” The Far East seems to be an influence, although the far east we’re probably talking about might be some unmapped section of Jupiter. Educated ears will pick up the Beat writers, various jug bands, 1920s blues and jazz and a hint of The Beatles on “Poor Boy Fool.”
The lyrics, with their outsider hippie ethos, are a fit for the music, as is Bogs’ frequent penchant for performing in face paint and odd costumes. But sometimes Bogs thinks a little more seriously: “There is no consolation when a young soldier dies, when bodies are broken in vain,” he laments in the anti-war “No Consolation,” the deadly seriousness of the words leavened perhaps even sharpened by the contrast of a loopy jaw harp and trilling flute.
Bogs has two more free performances this weekend. Saturday (Dec. 15) he’s at the Holiday Art Bazaar at The Yards, the gallery space above Cure at the Rochester Public Market. The Bazaar runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday (Dec. 18) he’s at Abilene Bar and Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way, in conjunction with the Artisan Craft and Music Night, which goes from 6 to 10 p.m. upstairs.
Daughtry and 3 Doors Down co-headline a 7 p.m. Feb. 9 show at the Main Street Armory, 900 E. Main St. Daughtry, fronted by former American Idol favorite Chris Daughtry, has won four American Music Awards, been nominated for four Grammys and sold over 7 million albums. Its current single is “Start of Something Good.” Elvio Fernandes, of the Rochester band Uncle Plum, has been touring with Daughtry on keyboards, acoustic guitar and backing vocals. The veteran hard rockers 3 Doors Down debuted in 2000 with the hit song “Kryptonite” and have sold 16 million albums since. Both bands have connected themselves to charitable causes: Daughtry works with the DC Comics We Can Be Heroes campaign, while 3 Doors founded The Better Life Foundation which has raised more than $2 million for local children’s charities. Aranda opens. Tickets ($39.50 in advance; $45 the day of the show) go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at Aaron’s Alley, the House of Guitars, ticketfly.com, rochestermainstreetarmory.com, (877) 435-9849 and the venue box office at (585) 232-3221.
The Indigo Girls play at 8 p.m. March 2 at Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 Plymouth Ave. The duo’s last appearance in the area was a 2002 show at the Auditorium Theatre. Tickets ($36.50) available at greentopiafestival.com, dansmallspresents.com, Record Archive, Abilene Bar and Lounge, the Greentopia office, 81 Browns Race or (888) 512-7469.
The Isotopes, always a holiday favorite in these parts with their lab-tested surf music, go-go girls and snappy repartee, have a 7 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 13) gig at Record Archive, 331/3 Rockwell Place. It’s a party for the gallery opening featuring paintings and other works by local artist Lucinda Storms. Admission is free.
A handful of acts unknown to their parental chauffeurs are featured at the 6 p.m. Dec. 30 Teen Music Fest at the Blue Cross Arena, a benefit show for the victims of the Superstorm Sandy. Scheduled performers include Zendaya Coleman and Caroline Sunshine of the Disney Channel’s Shake It Up, hosts Kendall Schmidt and Logan Henderson of Nickelodeon’s Big Time Rush, Simon Fuller’s new teen group IM5, and supporting acts Jasmine V, Jenna Rose and Tiffany Alvord. Tickets are $37.50, $52,50 and $69.50, with special VIP packages available for $150 and $350. They’re available at bluecrossarena.com, ticketmaster.com and the box office, 1 War Memorial Way. Call (585) 758-5300.
It’s a Dady Brothers Band Reunion when the local duo is joined by two guys who they played with years ago, Kevin Maul and Mike Pavine, for an 8 p.m. Jan. 11 house concert in Irondequoit. Tickets are $20, and this one’s likely to sell out quickly. For details and tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org.