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05:00 AM, May 24, 2013

Mary J. Blige has a June 23 show at Blue Cross Arena. (Michael Kovac)/


Written By Jeff Spevak | Staff music critic

Mary J. Blige is joined by Anthony Hamilton for a night of R&B at 7:30 p.m. June 23 at the Blue Cross Arena at the Rochester Community War Memorial. It’s been many years since Blige performed here: She was a headliner at the 2000 MusicFest. These days, the nine-time Grammy winner could use your help: She owes $3.4 million to the IRS, $900,000 to the state of New Jersey and is facing a couple of lawsuits. Tickets ($58 to $113, plus a service charge) are available at ticketmaster.com, bluecrossarena.com, (800) 745-3000, (585) 756-5300 and the arena box office, 1 War Memorial Square.

Big attitude rap-rockers Hollywood Undead are joined by Falling in Reverse, Stellar Corpses, and Beware of Darkness at 7 p.m. Friday at the Main Street Armory, 900 E. Main St.. Tickets ($24) are a t ticketfly.com, (877) 435-9849, Aaron’s Alley or the House of Guitars. Check rochestermainstreetarmory.com.

Happy 72nd birthday, Bob Dylan! Friday is Dylan’s actual birthday, celebrated with the Buffalo tribute band The Robert Zimmerman Orchestra starting at 10 p.m. at Abilene Bar & Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way. Admission is $6 for ages 21 and older; $10 for ages 20 and younger. Get $2 off each admission with donations of canned goods for the Catholic Family Center’s Food Pantry. After a one-year hiatus, the 26th or so Bob Dylan Night, hosted by HuNu? and featuring local musicians of varying worth, is June 1 at Skylark Lounge. More on that one next week …

Armed with various percussion, strings, electronic instruments and found objects, Ian McColm & Ross Chait improvise music to old silent films at 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Bop Shop, 1460 Monroe Ave., Brighton. A $10 donation is requested. Call (585) 271-3354.

Thursday noontime concerts featuring local acts play the free Hochstein at High Falls summer concert series at the Granite Mills Park near the Pont de Rennes Bridge. The shows all begin at 12:10 p.m. If it rains, the music moves indoors to the High Falls Center. The lineup: reggae-rooted, spacy quintet Thunder Body, June 6; RPO Marimba Band, with members of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra’s percussion section playing melodic percussion, ragtime xylophone and novelty music from the early 20th century, June 13; The Craig Snyder Fusion Group, with a rotating lineup of area players playing original music and familiar covers, June 20; The Afro-Cuban jazzmen The Mambo Kings, June 27; Indie-rock harpist and singer Mikaela Davis, July 11; British rock-inspired guitar band Nimrod Wildfire, July 18; The Pickpockets, a busker-minded band playing indie-gypsy songs, sometimes on toy instruments, July 25; The Dady Brothers, a fusion of world-folk sounds and instruments from an Irish point of view, Aug. 1; the rootsy, wide-ranging Americana of The String Theory Bluegrass Band, Aug 8; Rochester Ukulele Orchestra, sometimes with as many as 20 ukes, Aug. 15.

The Bands on the Bricks at the Rochester Public Market headliners are also set: Ithaca hippie groovers Donna the Buffalo, July 12; Texican blues-rockers Los Lonely Boys, July 19; Americana roots rockers The Felice Brothers, July 26; Latin Night, Aug. 2; The Led Zeppelin tribute band The Sound Remains the Same, Aug. 9.

Jazz vocalist Tessa Souter, who moves from her own compositions to jazz traditionals to classical to The Beatles to Cream (she does “White Room”), has a 9 p.m. June 8 show at Lovin’ Cup Bistro & Brews, 300 Park Point Drive, Henrietta, near the Rochester Institute of Technology campus. Tickets are $10 in advance; $12 the day of the show. Call (585) 292-9940.

The Mack Goldsberry Quartet plays 8 p.m. June 2 at Lovin’ Cup. Goldsberry, a saxophonist who’s recorded more than 50 albums and has played the world, now chooses to live in the relative jazz backwater of El Paso, Texas. Admission is $10 at the door.

Officer Friendly, one of the more-popular local club bands here, is pulling itself together for an 8 p.m. July 26 show at Water Street Music Hall, 204 N. Water St. True to the sound of the day, Officer Friendly was very grungy. The band itself hasn’t been around since 1997 or so, but lead singer John Gaenzler did show up in 2002 to play a solo acoustic set. Tickets ($10 in advance; $12 the day of the show) are available at waterstreetmusic.ciom, (888) 512-7469 and Aaron’s Alley.

Ian McLagan, a delightful Englishman who played guitar with the Small Faces and The Faces back in the day, and now living in Texas, has an 8 p.m. June 23 show at Lovin’ Cup. McLagan has also toured or recorded with The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen and Taj Mahal, and maintains a steady solo career. Admission is $12 advance; $15 at the door. Tickets are available at the club and the Bop Shop. Call (585) 271-3354.

Aoife O’Donovan, a singer and songwriter with the highly regarded New England progressive bluegrass band Crooked Still, plays June 19 in the upstairs room at Abilene Bar & Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way. Tickets ($15 advance; $20 the day of the show) are at the club.

REO Speedwagon, which has sold 40 million albums Earthwide (and nearly two dozen this century!) opens the summer concert series at Finger Lakes Casino & Racetrack in Farmington on June 19. Also on the schedule, The Charlie Daniels Band (July 17) and country singer-songwriter Gretchen Wilson (Aug. 7). The shows, which begin at 7 p.m. on the race-track infield, are free.

Rocking Americana singer-guitarist J.D. McPherson brings his band (which includes Rochester drummer Jason Smay of the Hi-Risers and Los Straitjackets) back for a July 6 show at Abilene. Tickets ($15 advance; $20 the day of the show) are at the club and Orange Glory Café.

The longtime garage rockers The Fleshtones play July 11 at Abilene. Tickets ($12 in advance; $15 the day of the show) are on sale for no service charge at Metro Retro, Orange Glory and, for a service fee, the Bop Shop, which is co-sponsoring the event.

The knowledgeable crew at Abilene is also hot for young, rootsy rockabilly singer Nikki Hill, playing the club July 28. Tickets ($15 in advance; $20 the day of the show) are available for no additional fee at Abilene, Metro Retro and Orange Glory, and for a service charge at the show’s co-sponsor, Record Archive.

Texas roadhouse blues guitarist and singer Chris Duarte has an Aug. 25 show Abilene Bar & Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way. Tickets ($10 advance; $15 the day of the show, cash only) are at the club.