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03:03 PM, Mar 29, 2013

Lou Gramm co-authored his autobiography with Scott Pitoniak./


Written By Jeff Spevak | Staff music critic

It’s shaping up to be a big year for Lou Gramm. The Gates native and Webster resident, the voice behind Foreigner’s biggest songs as well as solo hits of his own, is being inducted into the Rochester Music Hall of Fame April 28 in a show at the Eastman Theatre, and the National Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York City in June. Gramm also celebrates the release of his autobiography, Juke Box Hero: My Five Decades in Rock ‘N’ Roll, with “An Evening With Lou Gramm” at 7 p.m. May 4 at Monroe Community College’s theater, Bldg. 4, 1000 East Henrietta Road.

Written with WYSL-AM 1040 weekly baseball radio show co-host and former Democrat and Chronicle sportswriter Scott Pitoniak — it is his 16th book — Juke Box Hero will be available in May through Triumph Publishing. The May 4 book-release event features Gramm performing acoustically, sharing stories with Pitoniak and taking questions from audience members, who also receive a free copy of Juke Box Hero with their ticket. Gramm will be signing the book.

Gramm, a 1971 graduate of MCC, is a charter member of the college’s alumni hall of fame. Tickets ($40) are at monroecctickets.com. A portion of the proceeds will support student scholarships through the Monroe Community College Foundation.

You’ve probably never heard of this fellow, but this show nevertheless seems like a likely candidate to sell out. James McCartney, son of Sir Paul McCartney, has an 8 p.m. May 14 show at Lovin’ Cup Bistro and Brews, 300 Park Point Drive, Henrietta. Some of the tracks on James’ first physical release, The Complete EP Collection (a compilation of digital-only EP releases) were produced by dad; and some were recorded at Abbey Road. He does look quite a bit like his father, sounds a little less so, but seems quite talented. He’s played guitar and drums on a couple of Paul McCartney solo records. Katie Preston and David Coyne open. Tickets ($15) are available at the venue or ticketweb.com. Call (585) 292-9940.

Creatures of the local retro scene from a few years’ back, The Moviees and St. Phillips Escalator, return with the psychedelic sound Saturday at Skylark Lounge, 40 S. Union St. The big rumor is Greg Prevost, lead singer of the Chesterfield Kings, will play a few songs from his excellent new electric-dustbowl blues album, Mississippi Murderer, between sets. The music should start at around 10 p.m. As usual, meatballs will be served. Call (585) 270-8106.

LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Public Enemy and De La Soul bring the “Kings of the Mic” tour June 22 to Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center, on the Finger Lakes Community College campus near Canandaigua. The show starts at 7 p.m. A Grammys host the last two years with a featured role on NCIS: Los Angeles, LL Cool J has been recording an album, Authentic, reportedly with guests including Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen, set for release in April. Chuck D and Flavor Flav are scheduled to be with Public Enemy. Tickets ($35, $50 and $65 advance, with the lawn $25 advance, $30 the day of the show) are available at ticketmaster.com, (800) 745-3000 and the Blue Cross Arena box office. Also at CMAC:

• Tickets for the previously announced Keith Urban 7 p.m. Aug. 9 show go on sale at noon April 5. They’re $49.50 and $75 and $49.50 for the pavilion and $32.50 for the lawn.

Tickets for the Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray, the Gin Blossoms, Vertical Horizon and Fastball’s “Under the Sun” tour, 7 p.m. July 27, are 24.25, $34.95 and $45.20.

Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Mastodon and Amon Amarath headline the metal-infused Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival 1 p.m. July 14 at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center. Along with many interactive distractions, the four stages also include Children of Bodem, Machine Head, Behemoth, Job For a Cowboy, Emmure, Butcher Babies, Born of Osiris, Battlecross, Motionless in White, Huntress, Thrown in Exile and a few regional bands. Tickets ($47.35, $57.85 and $101.70, service charges included), are available at livenation.com, ticketmaster.com, and (800) 745-3000. For more, check rockstarmayhemfest.com. Also at Darien:

• The Zac Brown Band has a 7 p.m. June 23 show . Tickets are $29.50, $39.50, $59.50, $64.50 and $69.50, with a four pack of lawn tickets available for $88.

• John Mayer is getting over his recent breakup with Katy Perry by launching a tour that arrives 7:30 p.m. Aug. 13. Phillip Phillips opens. Tickets are $36, $55 and $75, with a four-pack of lawn tickets available for $99, and go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The father and son guitar-violin Nashville duo of Tim and Miles Thomson have a 7:30 p.m. Wednesday 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 rochesterguitarclub.com.