New shows, hot tickets: Holiday shows, a birthday bash and a Hoodies reunion are on tap

10:45 AM, Dec 21, 2012

The Cory Weeds Quartet comes to Lovin' Cup Bistro in January. (Provided by the band)/

Written By Jeff Spevak | Staff music critic

Assuming that the dire, world-ends-on-Friday interpretations of the Mayan calendar are incorrect:

The film Not Fade Away on Friday gets a very limited theater release — more of a tease, actually — at two theaters in New York City and one in Los Angeles. It’s the story of three friends who form a rock band in the 1960s, and is writer/director David Chase’s first feature film, and first project, since The Sopranos. In fact, Sopranos star James Gandolfini plays the father of one of the boys.

Of local interest, Chesterfield Kings guitarist and guitar expert Andy Babuik was hired as technical adviser and associate music supervisor for the film. It’s not his first foray into guitar expertise; Babiuk is a consultant to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and auction houses in London and New York, and has appeared as an equipment expert on television shows including The History Detectives, where he declared a guitar found in an attic to be the actual one used by Bob Dylan at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, when Dylan legendarily went electric. The owner of the high-end guitar shop Andy Babiuk’s Fab Gear in Faiport, Babiuk is the author of two books (Beatles Gear and The Story of Paul Bigsby: Father Of The Modern Electric Solidbody Guitar) and has produced a third with Kings bandmate Greg Prevost, Stones Gear.

Chet Catallo’s annual holiday concert is at 8 p.m. next Thursday at Water Street Music Hall, 204 N. Water St. The former Spyro Gyra guitarist, known here for his band Chet Catallo & the Cats, has made a nearly complete recovery now from a spinal cord infection that left him unable to walk for months. Tickets ($20 in advance; $23 the day of the show) are available at Aaron’s Alley, House of Guitars, Record Archive, Bop Shop, Northfield Music, and (888) 512-7469. Also at Water Street:

• The Winter Boogie show features the Brooklyn indie-dance band Rubblebucket, Marco Benevento and Driftwood playing at 9 p.m. Dec. 29. Tickets ($15 in advance; $18 the day of the show) are available at waterstreetmusic, (888) 512-7469 and Aaron’s Alley.

The Hoodies reunion show, featuring the local indie-garage rockers, is at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 29 in The Club. Tickets are $12 in advance; $15 the day of the show.

The Buddhahood is joined for its annual January Thaw concert at 8 p.m. Jan. 19 by The John Payton Project, Mosaic Foundation and AudioInflux. Tickets ($10 in advance; $12 the day of the show) are available at Aaron’s Alley and Ludwig’s Center Stage Café.

The David Bowie Birthday Bash is set for 9 p.m. Jan. 4 at Lovin’ Cup, 300 Park Point Place, Henrietta, near the Rochester Institute of Technology. Expect performances by Jenna Weintraub, Seth Faergolzia and others, plus video and deejay tributes, all celebrating Bowie’s 66th birthday on Jan. 8. Although, the night always seems to include an appreciation of Bowie’s March 1976 arrest (and also the arrest of the then-unknown Iggy Pop) for possession of marijuana following a show here at the War Memorial. Tickets are $5; $3 for students.

• Also at Lovin’ Cup, The Cory
Quartet featuring Steve Davis, with the saxophonist and trombonist, respectively, plays at 8 p.m. Jan. 27. Tickets ($10 in advance; $12 the day of the show) are available at the club and the Bop Shop.