Hot tickets, new shows

05:00 AM, Mar 15, 2013

Roger McGuinn will perform at the JCC in April. (Erika Goldring//Getty Images)/

Written By Jeff Spevak | Staff music critic

Roger McGuinn, co-founder of The Byrds and the fingers behind the group’s 12-string guitar sound, has a 7:30 p.m. April 15 date at the Hart Theater at the Jewish Community Center, 1200 Edgewood Ave., Brighton. Tickets ($35 and $100 for front-row seats and a post-show meet-and-greet reception) are available at (585) 461-2000 or All proceeds benefit the JCC’s Camp Seneca Lake.

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Luke Bryan, primarily known as the country singer with all of those songs geared to spring break, has a 7 p.m. May 30 show at Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center, on the campus of Finger Lakes Community College, near Canandaigua. Opening is Thompson Square and Georgia Florida Line. Bryan’s latest album, Spring Break… Here to Party, is a compilation of all his previously released spring break songs, plus a couple of new ones. He’s scheduled to have a new studio album ready by mid-summer. Tickets ($62.75 for the pavilion, or $32.75 for advance lawn tickets, $35.25 for lawn tickets the day of the show) are at, (800) 745-3000 and the Blue Cross Arena box office.

Jim Drew & Humble Soul and Jeff Riales and the Silvertone Express play a 6:30 p.m. Sunday benefit for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at Sodus Central High School Auditorium, 54 Mill St., Sodus. Admission to the all-ages show is $10 advance, $12 the day of the show, with students $5, available at

Toronto’s high-octane jazz-show band Four80East has a 7 p.m. Thursday date at Water Street Music Hall, 204 N. Water St.; Paradigm Shift plays the welcome set at 7 p.m. Tickets ($25, $30 and $40) are available at, Wegmans and at the door. Also at Water Street:

• Pittsford’s Teddy Geiger, now living the songwriter life in New York City, returns after a long absence for a 7:30 p.m. May 10 show with Tyler Hilton and Ryan Cabrera at the Club. Tickets ($15 advance, $20 the day of the show) are available at and (888) 512-7469.

• Experimental jazz guitarist Bill Frisell, a frequent favorite at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, 7 p.m. March 24. Tickets ($35 advance and $45 the day of the show, VIP $45 advance and $55 the day of the show), are at

• An acoustic evening with Alejandro Escovedo & The Sensitive Boys in The Club, 7 p.m. March 29. Tickets ($18 advance, $20 the day of the show) are at or (888) 512-7469.

• Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA, alternately and modestly known as The Genius, 9 p.m. April 6. Tickets ($18 advance, $20 the day of the show) are at

• Country-punk psychedelic rockers The Meat Puppets, 8 p.m. April 6 in The Club . Opening is The World Takes and The Cringe, also know as the power-pop band headed by John Cusimano, or Mr. Rachael Ray. Tickets ($13 advance, $16 the day of the show) are at

Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys combines artful accordion with the Louisiana native’s sexy, double-entendre manner. The group plays 8 p.m. March 23 at Harmony House, 58 E. Main St., Webster. Free zydeco dance lessons start at 7:15 p.m. Bring a dish to pass, dancing makes folks hungry. Tickets ($15 advance, $18 the day of show, $10 for students with an ID) are at The Bop Shop, Stutzman’s Guitar Center and The Music Store in Webster. Call (585) 727-4119 or check

Five-time Grammy Award winner Jessye Norman is joined by the Garth Fagan Dance Company and pianist Mark Markham for a 5 p.m. April 14 show at Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs St. “The African-American Cultural Legacy” is a benefit for Action for a Better Community, which provides programs and services to help low-income families and individuals. Tickets (ranging from $25 to the VIP-level $125, which includes box or orchestra seating, and a post-concert reception with Norman) are available at, (585) 454-2100 and the Eastman Theatre box office.

Three well-strung Rochester acts — The Dady Brothers, The Windsor Family and The Crawdiddies — play 7:30 p.m. March 23 at Rochester Christian Reformed Church, 2750 Atlantic Ave., Penfield. The day includes a free 4:30 p.m. family sing-around (4:30 p.m.), and a 5:30 p.m. chili supper and instrumental jam session. Organizers are also collecting nonperishable food items for Foodlink. Tickets ($15) are available at and at the door, and the chili is an extra $3. For details on food-drive items, check

The Sultans of String, who played the Big Tent at last summer’s Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, return for an 8 p.m. April 13 show at Greece Baptist Church, 1230 Long Pond Road, Greece. The Canadian band plays in a whirlwind of styles, including modern gypsy, Cuban, Arabic, Flamenco and traditional European folk. Be sure to ask for the band to play its piece that mimics the sound of whales. Tickets ($20 advance, $23 at the door) are at

Wayne “The Train” Hancock returns for an 8:30 p.m. March 26 night of honky tonk at Abilene Bar & Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way. Patrick Sweany opens. Admission is $15 advance, $20 at the door, available at the bar and Metro Retro.

The father and son guitar-violin Nashville duo of Tim and Miles Thomson have a 7:30 p.m. April 3 house-concert style show at The Red Room, 1010 East Ave. Admission is $15. Tim, the father, won the 2008 International Fingerstyle Guitar Championship. Myles has been a member of the Travis Tritt and Wynonna Judd bands. For more, check

California rockers Silversun Pickups are joined by Bad Books for a 7:30 p.m. May 10 show at the Main Street Armory, 900 E. Main St. Tickets ($20 advance $30 the day of the show) are available at, (877) 435-9849, Aaron’s Alley, House of Guitars, White House Liquor or (585) 232-3221. Check

Stephane Wrembel and his Django Reinhardt-style guitar returns for an 8 p.m. April 6 show at the Memorial Art Gallery. Wrembel, born and raised in France, now living in Brooklyn, creates a style of jazz guitar that sound like something you would have heard in a Parisian café in the 1930s, except it embraces a larger piece of the planet, including ideas from Africa, the Middle East and American rock. Tickets are $30. For more, call (585) 276-8900 or check