Hot tickets, new shows
12:30 PM, Jun 19, 2013
Badfinger might have been the hardest-luck band in the history of rock music. Joey Molland, the group’s talented guitarist, and one of the survivors, has a 9 p.m. Thursday date to play the music and tell the stories at Lovin’ Cup Bistro & Brews, 300 Park Point Drive, Henrietta, near the Rochester Institute of Technology campus. The show, with Molland accompanied by Syracuse Beatles tribute pro Paul Davie, is called “Badfinger, Beatles and Beyond.” Despite hit singles “Come and Get It,” “No Matter What,” “Day After Day,” “Baby Blue” and heavy support from John Lennon and Paul McCartney, what Badfinger proved to be best at was keeping lawyers employed (thanks to record label and intra-band squabbles). Band members themselves never made any money to speak of, and two of them committed suicide. Molland’s legacy included having played on George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass and Lennon’s Imagine, and he has released a handful of solo projects after Badfinger ran its course. Ray Paul opens. Tickets are $15, available at lovincup.com. Call (585) 292-9940.
In other news of English legacy rockers, Ian McLagan, a delightful fellow who played guitar with the Small Faces and The Faces back in the day, and now living in Texas, has an 8 p.m. Sunday 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 in advance ($15 at the door) at the club and the Bop Shop. Call (585) 271-3354.
It’s the Battle of The Isotopes: Rochester’s surf-garage rockers The Isotopes will take on The Isotopes Punk Rock Baseball Club of Vancouver, B.C., at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave. Local rockers The Emersons will be officiating. Admission is $6.
The free Hochstein at High Falls summer concert series at the Granite Mills Park near the Pont de Rennes Bridge resumes at 12:10 p.m. Thursday with The Craig Snyder Fusion Group. The band features a rotating lineup of area players performing original music and familiar covers.
Thursday’s Party in the Park features the jam band moe. at the Rochester Riverside Festival Site in the parking lot at Court Street and Exchange Boulevard. Rochester’s excellent AudioInFlux opens at 5 p.m. Admission remains $2; free for ages 12 and younger. Chairs, bicycles, skateboards, in-line skates and pets will not be allowed on the site, but bleachers will be set up. Seating in a special VIP section will also be available for an additional $3. Patrons will be allowed to bring one sealed bottle of water.
Eilen Jewell, as close to a female Hank Williams as you’ll get, and her band have an 8 p.m. Aug. 29 show at The Club at Water Street, 204 N. Water St. Tickets ($20 in advance; $25 the day of show) are on sale at Abilene (which is putting on the show), Metro Retro and Orange Glory Café, all for no service charge, and at waterstreetmusic.com, which does have a service charge.
John Gorka headlines the Turtle Hill Folk Festival, set for Sept. 6 to 8 at the Rotary Sunshine Campus, 809 Five Points Road, Rush. Also on hand, Bruce Molsky, The Stray Birds, They Honey Dewdrops, Pesky J. Nixon, Gillette & Mangsen and Mustard’s Retreat. As always, camping sites are available, with a full weekend of vendors, workshops, kids’ distractions, after-concert campfire singalongs and contra dancing with Great Big Yam Potatoes. Check goldenlink.org.
Comedian Brian Regan has an 8 p.m. Dec. 7 show at the Auditorium Theater, 885 E. Main St. Yes, Regan’s for adults, but his humor doesn’t shock the kids. He dwells a lot on his childhood, including the trauma of spelling bees: “Because up until that day I was an idiot, but nobody else knew.” Tickets ($35.50) are available at ticketmaster.com and the box office.
The Chieftains, the Irish legends who celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2012, return at 7:30 p.m. March 13 at the Auditorium Theater, 885 E. Main St. Tickets ($32, $37, $52 and $62, not including service fees) are at ticketmaster.com and the box office.