Hot tickets, new shows
11:43 AM, May 16, 2013
Kelly Rowland and TGT the R&B supergroup of Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank headline the second Rochester SummerFest.
The July 12-14 weekend event also includes an opening night with the veteran R&B group The Whispers, a basketball tournament and a couple of parties scattered throughout downtown Rochester.
“I have watched the evolution of this event with great interest,” Loretta Scott of the Rochester City Council said at last week’s press conference announcing the event. “Sometimes with a skeptical eye.”
She was referring to SummerFest’s predecessor, the once-promising Rochester MusicFest, a brand deemed irreparably damaged after a series of disastrous summers. The event was turned over to local promoter Eddie Hammonds last year and underwent a significant makeover, starting with the name. “I think there was a sigh of relief,” Hammonds said after last year’s event seemed to save the foundering event.
Here’s the SummerFest music:
An old-school soul show with The Whispers and Lenny Williams, 7:30 p.m. July 12 at the Auditorium Theatre, 885 E. Main Street. Tickets ($25 and $30) go on sale May 17 at the Auditorium Theatre box office, Mad Flavors and People’s Choice Kitchen.
The TGT Tour, (Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank), former Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland, Fabolous and Chrisette Michele, 7:30 p.m. July 13, Blue Cross Arena at the Community War Memorial, 1 War Memorial Square. Tickets ($15 to $75) go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday at ticketmaster.com, (800) 745-3000 and the box office.
The basketball tournament at the Thomas P. Ryan Community Center, 530 Webster Ave., starts at 6 p.m. July 12. About three dozen teams made up of high-end street players, former college players and a few former NBA pros will compete, with the title game July 14 at the Blue Cross Arena at the Community War Memorial.
The SummerFest weekend also includes a July 11 networking day party at One Restaurant & Lounge and a July 14 “All-White” social affair at Max at High Falls and a celebrity basketball game with NFL players and hip-hop performers. Go to cityofrochester.gov/summerfest.
Irreverent, image-driven pop star Ke$ha is joined by pop-rock rapper Mike Posner and the glam pop of Semi Precious Weapons for a 7:30 p.m. Aug. 25 show at Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center, on the campus of Finger Lakes Community College, near Canandaigua. Tickets ($29.50, $39.50 and $49.50 for the pavilion, $20 advance and $25 the day of the show for the lawn) go on sale at noon Friday at ticketmaster.com, (800) 745-3000 and the Blue Cross Arena box office.
Also at CMAC, the venue celebrates its 30th birthday from 4 to 7 p.m. May 24 when The Tommy Brunett Band plays a set list of the greatest hits seen at the venue over the years. Prior to its $13.5 million renovation, completed in 2006, the venue was known as the Finger Lakes Performing Arts Center. The evening features $2 beers, $4 wines, local food vendors, door prizes and backstage tours. Admission is $5, with free parking in General and VIP lots. Valet parking is available for $10.
Jim Avett spent 35 years running his own welding company and raising a family; the two boys went on to start a fine Americana band, The Avett Brothers. Now that Jim Avett has time on his hands, he’s recorded two albums of his own and is touring with his own music, which he brings here for a 7 p.m. Thursday show in the upstairs room at Abilene Bar & Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way. Admission is $7 for ages 21 and over, $10 for under 21.
Attention fans of the late, great rock band Big Star, a hugely influential group in indie rock: Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me, a documentary on the band, shows just once, 7 p.m. Tuesday at The Little, 240 East Ave. Admission is $10.
Soulful, wailing Joan Osborne plays 8 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Historic German House Theater, 315 Gregory St. Osborne’s latest album, Bring It On Home, is a collection of old blues and soul songs that she sang in her early days while playing the clubs of New York City. This is a fully-seated show, on both the floor and the balcony. Tickets ($30.50 advance, $35 day of show) are at Needledrop Records and the Bop Shop (neither of which have service charges), The House of Guitars,Aaron’s Alley, ticketfly.com and (877) 435-9849. For more, call (585) 857-8385.
Also at the German House, Arlo Guthrie, carrying on quite well the political and humanity-concerned folk of his father, plays 8 p.m. Oct. 17. By the way, if you’re geared up to hear Guthrie’s “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree,” don’t hold your breath. Guthrie almost never plays it in concert. This is a fully seated show. Tickets ($45 advance, $50 the day of the show) are available at Needledrop Records and the Bop Shop for no service charge, The House of Guitars,Aaron’s Alley, ticketfly.com and (877) 435-9849. For more, call (585) 857-8385.
“Snaps,” a photographic retrospective of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, opens May 23 at the Center at High Falls Gallery, 60 Browns Race. Two-hundred images from 13 photographers, including Frank DeBlase, Jim Dolan, Mark Druziak, Tom Flint, Tom Frizelle, Tim Fuss, Garry Geer, Kelli Marsh, Peter Parts, Michael Riebesehl, Fred SanFilipo, Don Ver Ploeg and Kelley Yost. The free show runs though June 30 and is open Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday from 12 noon to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.
Kind of a Dead week at Water Street Music Hall, 204 N. Water St.:
Dark Star Orchestra, the Grateful Dead tribute band, plays 8:15 p,m. Sunday. Tickets are $24 advance, $28 the day of the show, available at waterstreetmusic.com and (888) 512-7469.
A local tribute to the Dead with Cravin’ Bliss and Fire Wheel in the Club side, 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $5 advance, $7 the day of the show (a $3 surcharge for ages 16 and under), available at waterstreetmusic.com, (888) 512-7469, Aaron’s Alley.
You get in for free if you have a ticket to this next one:
The Mickey Hart Band, one of the projects that keeps the former Grateful Dead drummer busy, with the African Showboyz, 9 p.m. May 23 (See today’s After Dark column in Weekend).