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05:00 AM, Apr 05, 2013

Trumpet player Paul Smoker and others will perform at the Bop Shop Monday evening. (Danese Kenon)/

Written By Jeff Spevak | Staff music critic

Three days of live music starting Sunday celebrates the 25th anniversary of The Bop Shop presenting live, out-there but rewarding music acts. The lineup:

Conference Call, 8 p.m. Sunday (April 7), Lovin’ Cup Bistro & Brews, 300 Point Park Drive, Henrietta, near the Rochester Institute of Technology campus. The quartet is German woodwind player Gebhard Ullmann, the piano/bass collaboration of Michael Jefry Stevens and Joe Fonda and percussionist George Schuller.

• Local trumpeter Paul Smoker, veteran of over 50 recordings (including the aptly named 2012 release Cool Lives), and head of the jazz studies program at Nazareth College, with flautist Vinny Golia, drummer Phil Haynes and bassist Adam Layne, with trumpeter Mike Kaupa and guitarist Adam Caine, 6 p.m. Monday (April 8) at the Bop Shop, 1460 Monroe Ave., Brighton.

The Engines, a Chicago quartet of trombone, sax bass and drums, 8 p.m. Tuesday (April 9), Lovin’ Cup Bistro & Brews.

Single-show tickets are $12 in advance; $15 at the door. A $30 pass is available for all three. Call (585) 271-3354 or check

The Lumineers, new darlings of the Americana scene and nominated for Best New Artist at the 2013 Grammys, are joined by Cold War Kids and J. Roddy & the Business for a 7 p.m. June 7 show at Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center, on the campus of Finger Lakes Community College, near Canandaigua. Tickets ($42.50 for the pavilion; $25 in advance and $30 the day of the show for the lawn) go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at, (800) 745-3000 and the Blue Cross Arena box office. Incidentally, the winner of the 2013 Grammy for Best New Artist, Fun., plays July 13 at CMAC.

The pop-rockers Maroon 5, crooner Kelly Clarkson and Tony Lucca (a former actor who appeared on the second season of the TV show The Voice) play a 7 p.m. Sept. 4 show at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center Tickets ($25.50, $60, $80 and $99.50, plus service fees) go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday at,, and (800) 745-3000.

Also at Darien, tickets for the 7 p.m. July 12 Brad Paisley show, announced previously as part of the Country Megaticket package, go on sale 10 a.m. Friday for $30.50, $45.50 and $65.50, with a four-pack of lawn tickets $94. They’re available at and (800) 745-3000. Chris Young, Lee Brice and The Henningsens also play.

Cafe Veritas has a good one here: John Gorka plays at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (April 6) at the coffeehouse-style venue at First Unitarian Church, 220 S. Winton Road. Rochester’s multi-talented Miché Fambro opens. Tickets are $18 for adults; $10 for students; free for children under 12. A contemporary folk singer with a beautiful baritone voice, Vintage Guitar magazine called Gorka “the Energizer Bunny of singer-songwriters.” And in songs like “B.B. King Was Wrong,” Gorka shows he understands the relationship between a man and his guitar: “But if he loved his women liked he loves Lucille, they would never leave the man alone.” In an interesting example of civic responsibility, fellow citizens struggling in today’s economy will be admitted for free if they show identification demonstrating that they are on public assistance.

This one’s filed under “New Orleans Gypsy Brass Circus Rock.” Louisiana’s The Dirty Bourbon River Show — a rootsy collection of folk, rock, blues, jazz, Latin, gypsy, circus and traditional New Orleans music — plays an 8 p.m. April 11 show at Abilene Bar & Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way. It’s a benefit for the Catholic Family Center’s food collection for the needy, and there are two ways to get in: either $50, or all of the canned goods that you can spare.

In what seems like a perfect marriage of artistic vision and venue, a group of Eastman School of Music students, SoundExchange, present a 2 p.m. April 14 show utilizing the eclectic collection of one of Rochester’s prize cultural destinations, ArtisanWorks, 565 Blossom Road. The first half of the show is an installation project in which the audience will interact with musicians, performance artists, an indie-rock band and dancers interpreting Marilyn Monroe musical classics, original compositions set to sign language and music for hand-claps in the museum’s curiosity-filled galleries.

Part two is a cabaret-style performance of contemporary chamber music; members of the saxophone quartet Project Fusion; a minimalist trio piece called “Tight Sweater” for marimba, cello and piano; “LIgNEouS 1,” a work for marimba and string quartet; and an interactive piece for the performers and the audience. Admission, including light refreshments, is $16; $10 for students with ID; free for children under 5 at and the door.