Hot tickets, new shows

05:00 AM, Jan 17, 2013

Country star Kenny Chesney has an Aug. 21 show at CMAC; tickets go on sale Saturday. (ROB O'NEAL)/

Written By Jeff Spevak | Staff music critic

Big-ticket country shows are always a major piece of the summer outdoor concert season, and in the early going on 2013 that appears to be the case once again. Country superstar Kenny Chesney is joined by the Eli Young Band and Kacey Musgraves for a 7 p.m. Aug. 21 show at Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center, on the campus of Finger Lakes Community College, near Canandaigua. The only other show announced for the area thus far is the Aug. 9 Keith Urban concert at CMAC, although ticket details for that show have yet to be announced. Chesney tickets ($32.50 and $37.50 the day of the show for the lawn; $85 for the pavilion) go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday at, (800) 745-3000 and the Blue Cross Arena box office.

Celtic Woman — four Irish women performing a blend of tradition and contemporary Irish songs — returns for a March 27 performance at the Auditorium Theater, 855 E. Main St. Tickets ($51.40, $78.50 and $113.20, service charges included) are available at, (800) 745-3000 and the box office. For more, check

Fiddler April Verch and her band play an 8 p.m. Sunday show at Tango Cafe, 389 Gregory St. The Canadian is known for her Appalachian-Celtic sound and her energetic step dancing. Tickets ($20) are available at the venue and Bernunzio Uptown Music. Call (585) 271-4930.

Cajun music from Akron, Ohio? Yes! Mo’ Mojo has an 8 p.m. Saturday gig at Harmony House, 58 E. Main St., Webster. The band features two female lead vocalists with three-part harmonies, accordion, fiddle, guitar, rubboard, bass, and drums, along with the un-zydeco elements of sax, trumpet and blues harp. Admission is $12; $10 for students with an ID. Free zydeco dance lessons begin at 7:15 p.m. Call (585) 727-4119 or check

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. Feb. 3 show at Ray Ray’s Bar & Grill, 2260 Clifford Ave. Ortiz, the band’s bass player and a familiar figure on the local scene 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.

The Acoustic Basement Tour, a spinoff from last summer’s Vans Warped Tour, has a 7:15 p.m. Feb. 5 date at the Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave. The night features the frontmen from a handful of the Warped Tour’s bands, including Thursday’s Geoff Rickly, Vinnie Caruana from I Am The Avalanche and The Movielife, plus A Loss For Words, Koji and Brian Marquis, formerly of Therefore I Am, who’s also producing the event.