Good lineup at CMAC and the Sultans return

05:00 AM, Apr 12, 2013

Returning from last summer's Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, the Sultans of String perform Saturday (April 13) at Greece Baptist Church in Greece. (Provided photo)/

Written By Jeff Spevak | Staff music critic

A handful of new shows have been added to the Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center, and they’re good ones, mostly:

The Avett Brothers, with Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, 7:30 p.m. July 26. Tickets ($35 and $45 for the pavilion, $25 advance and $30 the day of the show for the lawn) go on sale noon Friday.

The Black Crowes, The Tedeschi-Trucks Band and The London Souls, 6 p.m. July 31. Tickets ($35 and $49.50 for the pavilion, $25 advance and $30 the day of the show for the lawn) go on sale 10 a.m. Friday.

Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion Radio Romance Tour, 8 p.m. Aug. 1. The two-hour evening features all of the familiar elements of the beloved radio show, although this one won’t be for broadcast. Musical guests include fiddler Sara Watkins, formerly of Nickel Creek; The Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band; and storyteller, sound-effects performer Fred Newman. Tickets ($35, $55 and $75 for the pavilion, $20 advance $25 the day of the show) go on sale at noon Friday.

Def Leppard is joined by guitarist Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, 8 p.m. July 17. Tickets ($49, $89 and $125, with the lawn $30 advance and $35 the day of the show) go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The new shows join a promising-looking summer for the outdoor venue on the campus of Finger Lakes Community College, near Canandaigua. Previously announced: Luke Bryan, Thompson Square and Florida Georgia Line, May 30; The Lumineers, Cold War Kids and J. Roddy & the Business, June 7; LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Public Enemy and De La Soul, June 22; Fun. and Tegan and Sara, July 13; Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray, the Gin Blossoms, Vertical Horizon and Fastball, July 27; Keith Urban, Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch, Aug. 9; Kenny Chesney, the Eli Young Band and Kacey Musgraves, Aug. 21.

Tickets for all CMAC shows are available at, (800) 745-3000 and the Blue Cross Arena box office.

Meanwhile, at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, this week’s announcements:

The Jonas Brothers, 7 p.m. July 19. Tickets are for the pavilion only ($29.50, $39.50, $59.50 and $79.50).

Kid Rock, Uncle Kracker and Kool & the Gang, 6:45 p.m. July 5. Tickets, on sale at 10 a.m. April 20, are a startlingly low $24 for both the lawn and pavilion. In addition to Darien’s usual ticket outlets, some Walmart locations will have tickets for this show.

The Jonas Brothers and Kid Rock with Kool & the Gang continue a Darien trend of booking shows that looks like the same lineup from five, or even 10 years ago: Tim McGraw, Brantley Gilbert and Love & Theft, May 26; Train, Gavin DeGraw and Michael Franti & Spearhead, July 13; The Zac Brown Band, June 23; The Dave Matthews Band, July 3; The Vans Warped Tour, July 6; Brad Paisley, Chris Young, Lee Brice and The Henningsens, July 12; Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Mastodon and Amon Amarth at the Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, July 14; Toby Keith and Kip Moore, July 21; John Mayer, Aug. 13; Jason Aldean, Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett, Aug. 17; Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson and Tony Lucca, 7 p.m. Sept. 4; Rascal Flatts and The Band Perry, Sept. 7.

Tickets for all Darien shows are available at,, and (800) 745-3000.

The Sultans of String, who played the Big Tent at last summer’s Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, return for an 8 p.m. Saturday (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 Sultans to play its piece that mimics the sound of whales. Tickets ($20 advance, $23 at the door) are at

The Pegasus Early Music concert series on the works of 17th century English composers, but there’s a bit of a breakaway event on Sunday (April 14): Zappa + Zappa is Rochester composer Richard Scott’s chamber works for baroque instruments based on the music of Frank Zappa.

Throw in pieces by 18th-century composers Francesco Zappa and Jan Dismas Zelenka and you have quite an unusual event. It starts at 3:15 p.m. with a pre-concert talk at Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave. The music’s at 4 p.m. Tickets are $75 for patrons, $25 general admission, seniors $20 and students $10. For more, check

Interesting Ithaca musicians plays 9:30 p.m. Saturday (April 13) at Abilene Bar & Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way. Jennie Lowe Sterns & the Fire Choir are joined by The Johnny Dowd Band. Sterns is a heartbreakingly sad singer-songwriter, Dowd writes great, menacing songs of Gothic darkness, in the manner of David Olney or Tom Waits. Admission is $8 for ages 21 and over, $12 for under 21.

Also at Abilene, singers, poets, spoken word and a drag show, all in one night, with Art of Xpression 2 at 6 p.m. Wednesday (April 17).

The event is a benefit for the Mocha Center, which works to improve the health and wellness of LGBT communities of color. Among the night’s deals: free food, free HIV testing, and $1 off well drinks and draft beers. Admission is free.