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05:00 AM, Apr 19, 2013

Vibraphonist Joe Locke will perform during Exodus to Jazz. (Alexandros Lambrovassilis)/

Written By Jeff Spevak | Staff music critic

Joe Locke, generally recognized as the finest vibes player in jazz, returns to his home town for the final Exodus to Jazz show of the season at 8 p.m. Saturday (April 20) at Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 N. Plymouth Ave.

Locke’s group, with Ryan Cohan on piano, Jaimeo Brown on drums and Lorin Cohen on bass, is previewing the May release of his new album, a blues and ballads set called Lay Down My Heart. It features interpretations of “Makin’ Whoopee,” Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine” and Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” Locke’s web site features a note that wonderfully ties this date to the city where he grew up and first began playing:

Working on this recording brought me back to my earliest days of music-making in Rochester, NY, at the F&S Lounge, Jenks n’ Jones, and The Peoples’ Club, where the music was part of the social fabric, and the audience and musicians were definitely involved in a two-way conversation. It taught me that jazz is, and should always be, People Music.

The 54-year-old Locke has recorded over 30 albums as a band leader and has had his hand in another 25 or so as a producer and side man. Culture Clash opens. Tickets ($25, $30 and $40) are available at, Wegmans and at the door the night of a concert.

Two new shows — Furthur and Steely Dan — have been added to the calendar at Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center, on the campus of Finger Lakes Community College near Canandaigua. Tickets are available at, (800) 745-3000 and the Blue Cross Arena box office.

• Furthur, featuring former Grateful Dead stalwarts Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, is at 7 p.m. July 19. Tickets ($49.50 and $59.50 for the pavilion; $30 for the lawn; $35 the day of the show for the lawn) go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.

• Steely Dan, 7 p.m. July 20. Tickets ($46, $66 and $96 for the pavilion; $30.50 for the lawn; $35 the day of the show for the lawn) go on sale at noon Friday.

Chuck Campbell and Darick Campbell of one of the area’s finest bands, The Campbell Brothers, are joined by sacred-steel steel guitar legends Calvin Cooke and Aubrey Ghent as The Slide Brothers, playing at 8 p.m. Friday (April 19) at Water Street Music Hall, 204 N. Water St. A project assembled by sacred steel star Robert Randolph, The Slide Brothers allows these big-time players to step away from their gospel roots, just a bit, and jam on the blues, jazz and southern rock that you always knew was in them, if you’ve ever seen The Campbell Brothers play. This should be a monster show. Turning Colors opens. Tickets ($13 in advance; $17 the day of the show) are available at

• Also at Water Street, a very intriguing show with Harvey Mandel & the Snake Crew at 8 p.m. Monday (April 22). Mandel comes from that 1960-’70s era of guitar jazz-blues-rock fusion that saw him playing with Charlie Musselwhite, Canned Heat and John Mayall, but for some reason he’s best known for finishing second to Ron Wood as a replacement for Mick Taylor as the Stones’ second guitar. (Mandel does appear on a couple of tracks on the Stones album Black and Blue.) His own music is mostly instrumental. Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 the day of the show. Mandel makes a meet-and-greet appearance at 1 p.m. Monday at the House of Guitars, 645 Titus Ave., Irondequoit.

The Ruckus Juice Jug Stompers and The LPs, two of Big Al
Kerstein’s favorite local bands, play a 2 p.m. Sunday (April 21) show at Abilene Bar & Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way. Big Al is a familiar sight around the local roots scene, and this show’s a benefit for his wife; Pauline’s battling lymphoma. Besides Big Al’s presence on the music scene, for years the Kersteins were big supporters of the Irondequoit lacrosse programs. The raffles, giveways and food come with the $15 donation to the cause.

It looks like dozens of local musicians will be on hand to play and just hang out for Sunday’s “Dawn Rising,” a benefit for musician and local scenester Dawn Sherman, who’s battling cancer. The day starts at 4 p.m. (April 21) at Pineapple Jacks, 507 Spencerport Road, Gates. The day features the likes of Jeff Cosco Banditos, a Perfect World Reunion and an all-star jam.

The duo of Syracuse’s Loren Barenger and New Zealander Mark Mazengarb have been getting a lot of work around this area recently; they’ll be playing at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival in June. But first up, they’ll be joined by classical guitarist Peter Kodzas for a 7 p.m. April 27 Comfort Care Home fundraiser at Webster Recreation Center, 1350 Chiyoda Drive, Webster. The suggested donation is $10. To reserve an $80 table for eight (desserts and beverages are available for purchase), call (585) 347-4202.

Although both were born in the U.S., Sean Gavin (flute, uilleann pipes, whistle) and Jesse Smith (fiddle) are renowned for their mastery of traditional Irish music. The duo plays 8 p.m. Sunday (April 21) at McGraw’s Irish Pub, 146 W. Commercial St., East Rochester. Tickets ($10) are available at the club. Call (585) 348-9091.

Longtime metal favorites Exodus (Kirk Hammett was the band’s original guitarist before leaving in 1983 for Metallica) play Tuesday (April 23) at The Montage Music Hall, 50 Chestnut St. The doors open at 7:30 p.m. with tickets ($15) available at More Montage metal of interest:

Fear Factory and Hate Eternal, April 28. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets ($25) are at

Hate Machine’s farewell show, featuring the longtime Rochester band, May 3. Doors open at 7 p.m.