Hot tickets, new shows

02:05 PM, May 10, 2013

R. Kelly brings his show, 'An Evening with R. Kelly,' to Blue Cross Arena on July 28. (Jason Kempin//Getty Images)/

Written By Jeff Spevak | Staff music critic

R. Kelly, who travels with the expected commotion of today’s contemporary R&B superstars — he recently survived one of those viral Internet death hoaxes — has a 7:30 p.m. July 28 show at the Blue Cross Arena at the Community War Memorial.

Kelly has performed in Rochester twice before, both times as a support act: at the War Memorial in 1995 with Salt-n-Pepa and 1996 with LL Cool J.

The show is billed as “An Evening with R. Kelly,” which means no openers. Tickets (ranging from $88.10 to $139.15, including service fees) are available at, (800) 745-3000 and the arena box office, 1 War Memorial Square.

Earning the endorsement of The Avett Brothers, and coming from the same pigeonhole, one of the most-intriguing shows of the weekend is the two-night stand by The David Mayfield Parade at Abilene Bar & Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way. Mayfield blends humor and energy with some really heartfelt songwriting, a very winning package. There’s a YouTube video of the band’s appearance at Abilene in December 2011 that shows Mayfield and his upright bassist lying on the stage in the midst of a very un-bluegrasslike psychedelic jam. The Tarbox Ramblers, a proven commodity after playing many shows in these parts, open at 7:30 p.m. Friday; admission is $12 for ages 21 and older and $16 for those younger than 21. Mayfield hits the stage, probably literally, at 10 p.m.; tickets to that one are $10 at the door. He and the band are back for a 9:30 p.m. Saturday show, when admission is $10.

Two local acts, the a cappella treat The Bow Ties and The Madeleine Foster Trio, are featured at 7 p.m. Friday at the final jazz concert of the season at Immanuel Baptist Church, 815 Park Ave. The series resumes in September. The Bow Ties are not at all a barbershop quartet: The dryly funny group’s recent CD, Black Tie Optional, includes versions of familiar tunes such as “What a Wonderful World” and the Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This),” but also a cappella oddities such as Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Mr. Rogers’ “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” and Frank Zappa’s “Love of My Life.”

Red Molly, a three-part harmonizing Americana stew of bluegrass, folk, western swing, jazz, banjo, dobro and guitar, plays at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Rochester Christian Reformed Church, 2750 Atlantic Ave., Penfield. Tickets ($22; $10 for students; free for ages 12 and younger) are available at

You’ve probably never heard of this fellow, but this event nevertheless seems a likely candidate to sell out. James McCartney, son of Sir Paul McCartney, has an 8 p.m. Tuesday 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 Call (585) 292-9940.

Megadeth’s Gigantour — a summer metal tour also featuring Black Label Society, Device, Hellyeah, Newsted and Death Division — has a 4:30 p.m. July 6 date at Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center, on the campus of Finger Lakes Community College near Canandaigua. Tickets ($35 and $45 for pavilion; $25 for lawn in advance; $30 for lawn the day of the show) go on sale at noon Friday at, (800) 745-3000 and the Blue Cross Arena box office. Also at CMAC:

Daughtry and Three Doors Down with Halestorm and Bad Sea Rising, 7 p.m. July 16. Tickets are $29.50, $39.50 and $55 for pavilion; $20 for lawn in advance; $25 for lawn the day of the show.

• Anthemic pop rockers OneRepublic, Mayer Hawthorne and Churchill, 7 p.m. July 28. Tickets are $29.50 and $39.50 for pavilion; $20 for lawn in advance; $25 for lawn the day of the show.

The 6 p.m. Sept. 7 Rascal Flatts show at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, a part of the previously announced Country MegaTicket package, is on sale as a separate show. The Band Perry and the winner of season three of The Voice, Cassadee Pope, are also on the bill. Tickets are $45.50 and $65.50 for pavilion; $30.50 for lawn or $100 for a four-pack of lawn tickets (four-packs are not available the day of the show) and are at, and (800) 745-3000.

Creole accordion player Preston Frank and his band Big Daddy Zydeco play at 8 p.m. May 18 at Harmony House, 58 E. Main St., Webster. Demijohn opens. Bring a dish to pass. Free dance lessons begin at 7:15 p.m. Tickets ($15 in advance; $18 the day of the show; $10 for students with an ID) are at the Bop Shop, Stutzman’s Guitar Center and the Music Store. Check

This looks interesting: The self-described Brooklyn power-funk 10-piece group Turkuaz — influenced by Sly & the Family Stone and the Talking Heads — plays at 10 p.m. May16 at Water Street Music Hall, 204 N. Water St. Admission is $10. Also at Water Street:

• Rochester R&B and soul performers Anthony Dante, Danielle Ponder, Carlton Wilcox, Renee Anderson and Nate Anderson are featured in “When a Woman Loves — Celebration of a Mother’s Love” at 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets ($20 general admission; $25 and $45 seated) are at Xquisite Boutique and under “When a Woman Loves.”

The Mickey Hart Band, one of the projects that keeps the former Grateful Dead drummer busy, at 9 p.m. May 23. Hart will be playing music from his new album, Mysterium Tremendum, as well as Dead favorites. He’s bringing along The African Showboyz, four brothers from the northern part of Ghana who fuse West African rhythm and dance. Tickets are $30 in advance; $35 the day of the show.

Progressive-minded comedian Bill Maher, who gave $1 million to Barack Obama’s campaign last year, brings his Making Back My Million Tour here for an 8 p.m. July 13 show at the Auditorium Theatre, 885 E. Main St. Maher’s Real Time, a comedic but sometimes serious talk show addressing today’s issues, has been on HBO for nine years. Tickets range from $38 to $78 at, (800) 745-3000 and the box office.