The Rascals back in town
05:00 AM, Oct 10, 2013
Rochester’s Gene Cornish, reunited with The Rascals, returns to his home town with the band for Once Upon a Dream Starring The Rascals. The 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 show at the Auditorium Theatre features all four Rascals Cornish, Felix Cavalieri, Eddie Brigati and Dino Danelli telling the story of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band.
The show is an unusual blend of rock concert and documentary, including video of actors playing key moments in the band’s career, band interviews and archival footage, all written and directed by Steven Van Zandt, guitarist for Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band and a longtime fan of The Rascals. The band plays 28 Rascals songs during the show.
Tickets (ranging from $42.50 to $78) are available at ticketmaster.com, (800) 745-3000 and during business hours at the box office, 885 E. Main St.
Powerful blues singer Shemekia Copeland has an 8:30 p.m. Thursday date at the Zeppa Bistro and Auditorium in The German House, 315 Gregory St. Evyn Marie and the Noted open. Tickets ($18) are available at brownpapertickets.com or downstairs from the theater at Zeppa Bistro. A $40 package for dinner and the show is also available. Call (585) 563-6241.
Much to the relief of the local singer-songwriter crowd, the Flipside Bar & Grill open-mike nights, which ended this summer after nine years when the bar closed, are resurfacing. Starting at 8 p.m. Thursday, they will be at Johnny’s Irish Pub, 1382 Culver Road. The weekly shows were first hosted by local singer-songwriters Jeff Riales and Jed Curran, but a few years ago were handed over to Steve Piper and Bruce Diamond and regular drummer Joe Grillo, who will lord over the new Johnny’s Open Mike Night. Over the years the event has had peaks and valleys, but always attracted some of the top performers in the area, doing their three allotted songs. Admission is free. No word yet on the future of the Flipside, 2001 E. Main St. The longtime hangout has been for sale.
Detroit’s The Deadstring Brothers, playing that dirty blues-rock style of early Stones, is back for a 9 p.m. Thursday gig at Abilene Bar & Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way. Admission is $6 for ages 21 and older; $10 for those younger than 21.
Detroit hip-hop artist Sean Forbes, who is deaf, performs at 7 p.m. Sunday at First Unitarian Church, 220 S. Winton Road. Forbes is co-founder of D-PAN, The Deaf Professional Arts Network, which works to bring popular culture and music to the deaf community. Tickets ($20) are available at the door or at showclix.com.
Ed Roland, the lead singer of the ’90s rock stalwarts Collective Soul, takes his new outfit The Sweet Tea Project out for an 8 p.m. Tuesday spin at Richmond’s Tavern, 21 Richmond St. Tickets ($15) are available at Record Archive and at the door. Call (585) 270-8570.
Renovations and new management have led to some schedule shifting at Water Street Music Hall, 204 N. Water St. Postponed concerts featuring Buddy Guy and Robert Randolph are being rescheduled; Randoph’s new date is Dec. 14. The Steepwater Band’s 8 p.m. Friday show, featuring the bluesy roots-rock Chicago band, is being moved to Zeppa Bistro and Auditorium in The German House, 315 Gregory St. Tickets ($10 in advance; $12 the day of the show) are at waterstreetmusic.com or (888) 512-7469. KMFDM’s show has been moved to Buffalo’s Town Ballroom on Oct. 29. Shows with The Features Thursday and Jimkata Oct. 22 are canceled.
Pop singer Natalie Cole returns for a 4 p.m. Dec. 15 show at Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs St. The event is being sponsored by the Eastman School of Music and the Rochester International Jazz Festival, which Cole performed at in 2011. Last year, RIJF and the Eastman co-promoted a show with Bonnie Raitt. Tickets (ranging from $45 to $95, plus service charges) for Cole go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at rochesterjazz.com and (585) 454-2060.
Remember Cherie Curry, the blonde lead singer alongside Joan Jett and Lita Ford in the ’80s all-woman group The Runaways? She’s still hanging in there, with a Nov. 10 gig at at Lovin’ Cup Bistro & Brews, 300 Park Point Place, Henrietta, near the Rochester Institute of Technology campus. She’ll be doing new material, as well as the music of The Runaways.
Members of the Bill Tiberio Band, Johnny Cummings on piano and vocalist Steve Tranelli are featured in the cabaret-style “A Little Night Music An Evening with the Arthritis Foundation,” at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Jewish Community Center, 1200 Edgewood Ave., Brighton. Tickets ($25) include a dessert and beverage buffet and chances to win drawings and door prizes; tickets are available at (585) 264-1480 or by emailing email@example.com.
The regular Sunday nights of Irish music at Temple Bar & Grille, East Ave., 109 East Ave., generally feature local performers. But at 7 p.m. Oct. 20, Ireland native Gerry Timlin, who now calls the Philadelphia area home, plays Temple. Admission to the show by the guitarist and songwriter is free.
National Fingerstyle Guitar Champion and Emmy-nominated Pete Hutlinger has a 7 p.m. Oct 29 show at Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 Plymouth Ave. Admission is $25.
One of the biggest names in contemporary Christian music, Steven Curtis Chapman, returns for a 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 show at First Bible Baptist Church, 990 Manitou Road, Hilton. Chapman’s long career in celebratory music was severely tested with the 2008 death of his 5-year-old daughter in a terrible accident, and he responded with a new direction in his music that questioned why his God would allow such a thing to happen.
Laura Story and Jason Gray are also on hand. Tickets ($20 in advance; $23 at the door) are available at (607) 776-4151, (800) 927-9083 and fln.org/tickets.