Hot tickets, new shows

05:00 AM, Feb 28, 2013

They Might Be Giants, featuring John Flansburgh, has a German House show that will include a tribute to local artist David Cowles. (Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)/

Written By Jeff Spevak | Staff music critic

The Rochester Music Hall of Fame announces its second class of inductees at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, and among the names you can expect to hear are the two guys who were the hub of the Rochester scene in the late 1960s and early ’70s: Don Potter and Bat McGrath.

How do I know this? It’s on Potter’s website.

The Rochester Music Hall of Fame concert is at 7 p.m. April 28 at Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theatre. Last spring’s event drew 1,500 people, who witnessed performances by inductees Chuck Mangione and Gene Cornish of The Rascals. Other inductees that first year included flautist Doriot Anthony Dwyer, the first woman to be awarded a principal chair in a major American orchestra; Corinthian Hall, a long-gone, 19th century downtown concert venue regarded as perhaps having the finest acoustics in the country; Jenny Lind, an opera singer who performed at two sold-out shows at the Corinthian in 1851; Jeff Tyzik, principal pops conductor for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra for the past 16 years; Joe English, Rochester native and drummer for Paul McCartney’s post-Beatles band, Wings; Charles Strouse, who composed the scores for the Broadway hits Bye, Bye Birdie and Annie; and Cab Calloway, born in a house on Sycamore Street.

Favorite pop curios They Might Be Giants return for an 8 p.m. Friday (March 1) show at the German House Theater, 315 Gregory St., with a special treat planned just for Rochester: a video salute to local artist David Cowles.

Cowles has done 12 videos illustrating They Might Be Giants songs, and is currently working a 13th, “Icky,” from the Brooklyn group’s 15th album, Nanobots, to be released Tuesday. “Icky” gets a sneak preview Friday night, with full screenings of “The Mesopotamians,” “7 Days of the Week (I Never Go to Work),” “The Ballad of Davy Crockett (in Outer Space!),” “Put It To the Test” and “We Live in a Dump.”

Tickets ($35 the day of show; $30.50 in advance) are available at Needledrop Records and the Bop Shop for no service charge, the House of Guitars, Aaron’s Alley, and (877) 435-9849. For this ages 14-and-older show, the balcony has general admission seating while the floor will be for a standing audience. Information on parking and dinner packages is at Call (585) 857-8385.

Cowles’ videos:

• “The Mesopotamians” (

• “7 Days of the Week (I Never Go to Work)” (

• “The Ballad of Davy Crockett (in Outer Space!)” (

• “Put It To the Test” (

• “We Live in a Dump” (

New Orleans’ alt-country rock band Cowboy Mouth is joined by Last Note for an 8 p.m. Saturday (March 2) show at Water Street Music Hall, 204 N. Water St. Tickets ($25 the day of show; $20 in advance) are at, (888) 512-7469 and Aaron’s Alley.

Detroit’s The Deadstring Brothers, playing that dirty blues-rock style of early Stones, play at 9 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 28) and 9:30 p.m. Friday (March 1), at Abilene Bar & Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way. Admission is $5 for ages 21 and older; $7 for ages younger than 21.

The band also has a free performance and CD release party at 6 p.m. Friday (March 1) at House of Guitars, 645 Titus Ave., Irondequoit.