Hot tickets, new shows
05:00 AM, Jun 07, 2013
Twenty years after it played the venue’s first season, Bon Jovi returns to Darien Lake Performing Arts Center for a 7:30 p.m. July 23 show. The band, which first emerged in the mid-’80s, still features lead singer Jon Bon Jovi and drummer Tico Torres. But the latest news from guitarist Richie Sambora is he’s not with the band at the moment, and is uncertain if he will re-join it. Personality issues, you know. This spring the band, dialing back the sound a bit from the arena-rock days, released its first album in four years, What About Now. Tickets ($65, $95, $125, $175 and $35 for the lawn, with a four-pack of lawn tickets available for $99) go on sale 10 a.m. June 10 at livenation.com, ticketmaster.com and (800) 745-3000.
Also at Darien, The Goo Goo Dolls have a 7:30 p.m. Aug. 24 date. Matt Nathanson opens. Tickets are $29.50, $49.50 and $65, with the lawn $20.
The “Carnival of Madness” tour, with heavy-metal acts Shinedown, Papa Roach, Skillet, In This Moment and We as Human, plays 5 p.m. Aug. 16 at Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center. Tickets ($35 and $45, with the lawn $20 advance and $25 the day of the show, go on sale at noon Friday at ticketmaster.com, (800) 745-3000 and the Blue Cross Arena box office.
The second East Rochester Festa Italia is bringing back the hit of last year’s inaugural event: Dean Martin tribute act Joe Scalissi. Scalissi proved to be such a hit last year that he’ll perform all three days of the event, from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Thursday through Saturday for your pasta and wine pleasure. It’s at Edmund Lyon Park in East Rochester
Weird, but authentic weird: The mysterious vintage-folk troubadour Baby Gramps returns to these parts for a free 6 p.m. Wednesday show at Record Archive. 331⁄3 Rockwood Street.
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. Saturday show at Lovin’ Cup Bistro & Brews, 300 Park Point Dr., Henrietta, near the Rochester Institute of Technology campus. She’ll be backed by the John Nyerges Trio. Tickets are $10 advance, $12 the day of the show. Call (585) 292-9940.
Rochester’s Campbell Brothers lead off the first of the summer’s Garden Vibes shows in the outdoor garden at the George Eastman House and Museum, 900 East Ave. A Thursday-evening event in the past, the series has shifted to Wednesdays. The lineup:
The Campbell Brothers, the sacred-steel stars from the House of God in Rush, 6 p.m. Wednesday. Some of the Campbells have been touring with the all-star sacred steel band The Slide Brothers, who have been getting a lot of attention this summer. NRBQ, the great bar band that now features only one original member, Terry Adams, 6 p.m. July 17. The Ifs, a British Invasion band from Buffalo (does that make it a Buffalo Invasion band?), 6 p.m. Aug. 14.
Admission is $12 for adults, $5 ages 13-18 and 12 and under accompanied by an adult free. The site includes a bounce house for the kids and vendors from Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Abbott’s and the Eastman House Cafe. Bring your own picnic and beverages as well, plus blankets and chairs, but leave the dog at home. For more, call (585) 271-3361, extension 444.