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05:00 AM, Jul 10, 2013

Chicago's J.C. Brooks & The Uptown Sound. (Clayton Hauck)/


Written By Jeff Spevak | Staff music critic

The Average White Band is the familiar name Saturday, but right before it you’ll need to check out Chicago’s punked-up retro-soul band J.C. Brooks & the Uptown Sound at the Big Rib BBQ & Blues Fest. There’s a lot of Motown in the band’s original songs, but it also does a killer version of Wilco’s “I Am Trying To Break Your Heart.”

The four-day event in Highland Park at Highland and South avenues runs from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. All days are free until 3 p.m., after which there’s a $5 admission charge. Six barbecue teams will be on hand, including smoking rigs from Texas, Florida and Rochester’s Good Smoke BBQ. Check rochesterevents.com. The music:

Thursday: Walter Wolfman Washington and the Roadmasters, 8:30 p.m.; Jesse Dee, 7:15 p.m.; Steve Grills, 6 p.m.; The Deborah Magone Band, 5 p.m.

Friday: The Blues Broads, 8:30 p.m.; The Record Company, 7 p.m.; Mitty & the Followers, 5:30 p.m.; Natalie B Band, 4:30 p.m.

Saturday: Average White Band, 8:30 p.m.; J.C. Brooks & the Uptown Sound, 6:45 p.m.; Joe Beard & the Blues Union, 5:15 p.m.; Greg Piccolo & Heavy Juice, 3:45 p.m.; The John Cole Blues Band, 2:15 p.m.; Cedric Burnside Project, 1 p.m.; Fred Vine, noon.

Sunday: Fat City, 6:30 p.m.; Brother Joscephus & the Love Revival Orchestra, 4:30 p.m.; Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’Blues, 2:30 p.m.; The Voices of Clouds, 1:15 p.m.; The Coupe de Villes, noon.

Cool show alert: The longtime garage rockers The Fleshtones play Thursday at Abilene Bar & Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way. Tickets are $15.

Turnout for the free REO Speedwagon show last month at Finger Lakes Casino & Racetrack in Farmington so overwhelmed the venue’s muddy parking and crowd-management capabilities that it has changed the policy for its next two concerts, The Charlie Daniels Band (with The Tommy Brunett Band opening) on Wednesday and Gretchen Wilson onAug. 7. The 7 p.m. shows will still be free admission, but you’ll need to pick up a ticket at the Player Extras club on the casino floor at Finger Lakes, or at the Entercom radio studios in the High Falls.

Pearl Jam has a 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 show at Buffalo’s First Niagara Center. Tickets ($69) go on sale at 10 a.m. July 27 at livenation.com, ticketmaster.com, (888) 223-6000 and the First Niagara Center box office.

Surf-guitar icon Dick Dale, a mighty influence on Jimi Hendrix, has an 8 p.m. July 19 show at the Club at Water Street, 204 N. Water St. Great White Caps open. The reverb-drenched sound of the 76-year-old Dale is familiar in songs such as “Misirlou.” Tickets ($25 in advance; $30 the day of the show) are available at waterstreetmusic.com.

Line up early: The 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 John Sebastian show goes on sale at 10 a.m. Monday. The event featuring the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame founder of The Lovin’ Spoonful (“Do You Believe in Magic”), who has also enjoyed a long solo career, is being co-presented by the Golden Link Folk Singing Society and Cafe Veritas at First Unitarian Church, 220 S. Winton Road. Tickets ($25 in advance; $28 at the door) will be available at cafeveritas.org and goldenlink.org. A Golden Café Pass, limited to 40 people, is available for $50, which includes choice seating and a wine and cheese meet-and-greet with Sebastian immediately after the concert.

The Replacements — Color Me Obsessed, a documentary on the influential rockers, shows at 8 p.m. July 19 as a part of the Alternative Music Film Series at Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave. Tickets ($10) are available at alternativemusic.com/film and the museum box office, or at the door (cash only). The evening opens with a 7 p.m. cocktail reception in the museum’s atrium. Call (585) 244-8476 or (585) 276-8950.

This is an interesting career move for Fantasia Barrino: from American Idol winner to three-time Grammy nominee to made-for-TV movie about your life to free bowling shoes with your $20 admission. The gospel-powered R&B singer has a meet-and-greet at 1 p.m. July 27 at Clover Lanes, 2750 Monroe Ave., Brighton. The $20 admission at the door gets you into the meet-and-greet, plus bowling shoes (they’re always free at Clover anyway). The first 50 people who walk in the door holding Fantasia’s new CD, Side Effects of You, will get it autographed for free or can have their picture taken with the singer. Fashionable prizes will be raffled; raffle tickets are available at Visions Beauty Salon and Cornhill Liquors. Call (585) 371-1496.

Romantic pianist Jim Brickman’s “The Magic of Christmas” makes a 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 stop at the Auditorium Theatre, 885 E. Main St. Tickets ($30, $38 and $48, with a pre-show meet-and-greet, signed poster and concert laminate available for $63) are available at (800) 745-3000, ticketmaster.com and the venue box office. Check rbtl.org.