Michael Jackson, Connie Deming shows coming up

01:19 PM, Dec 10, 2013

Healing value of music story: Connie Deming of Rochester. Rochester, N.Y. on Tuesday, October 5 2010. Reporter is Jeff Spevak. (Democrat & Chronicle, Staff Photo by Carlos Ortiz, 100510). (CARLOS ORTIZ staff photographer)/


Written By Jeff Spevak | Staff music critic

Michael Jackson’s estate and Cirque du Soleil present Michael Jackson the Immortal World Tour at the Blue Cross Arena on March 10 and 11.

The event features Jackson’s music paired with the aerial feats of the circus troupe of more than 35 performers; the show offers a lot of reportedly amazing dance sequences, as well as costumes, lights and an 11-piece band that has some veteran players from the Bad tour.

Both shows start at 7 p.m. Tickets (ranging from $50 to $150) go on sale at 10 a.m. Fridaycirquedusoleil.com, ticketmaster.com, (800) 745-3000 and the arena box office, 1 War Memorial Plaza.

As always, there are brokers on the Internet already overcharging for tickets, but this show seems to be drawing particularly heavy action on that front.

Local alt-country hermits HuNu? emerge from hiding to host one of the band’s tribute shows. This time it’s The Holiday Benefit Concert for the Center for Youth Services at 8 p.m. Saturday at Zeppa Auditorium at the German House, 315 Gregory St.

Scheduled performers include Sarah Jane Long, Beth Brown, Spencer Christiano, Dana and Ruth Fine, Joanne Vaccaro, Stan Merrell, Krazman & Fishwife, Ted Keaton, Buzzo, Watkins & the Rapiers, John Ebert, Sara Hardy, Suzi Willpower, Duncan Walls, The Buddhahood, The Tabletop Three, GRR, Frank Boehm and Bare Bones and The Crabapples.

Record Archive magnate Dick Storms is performing his dire Christmas warning to the kiddies, “Krampus,” while HuNu? has a couple of counter-Christmas classics in “Christmas in Jail” and Commander Cody’s “Daddy’s Drinking Up Our Christmas.”

Zeppa Bistro will be offering food and drink. Free parking is across the street at St. Boniface church. The donation for the all-ages show is $10.

Connie Deming, who with confidence I call the the finest singer in Rochester, celebrates the release of a new holiday-inspired CD, Heavenly Night, Heavenly Day, with an 8:30 p.m. Saturday show at The Little Cafe.

I call it holiday-inspired because it’s sort of a Christmas collection, with songs such as “Mary Did You Know,” “Little Drummer Boy,” “O Holy Night” and “Silent Night.” But songs such as John Lennon’s “Beautiful Boy,” Patti Griffin’s “Oh Heavenly Day” and her own “Winter Spring,” while not really holiday songs, fit the spirit.

She’ll be joined in the second half of the show by two of the guys who played on this beautiful CD, guitarist Phil Marshall and bassist Gary Holt, who are running over from the German House after playing at the Center For Youth Services benefit. Admission is free.

The Irish Christmas in America tour, now in its ninth season, is here for a 7:30 p.m. Wednesday performance at First Baptist Church, 94 S. Main St., Fairport.

The evening of song, dance, history and humor is built around Lumiere, the female vocal duo of Pauline Scanlon and Éilís Kennedy. Lumiere’s producer Oison Mac Dairmada, familiar to Irish music enthusiasts as the fiddler player with a band that passes through here on occasion, Teada, also performs in Irish Christmas in America, as does acclaimed male vocalist Séamus Begley.

Tickets ($20) are available at Carroll’s Pub & Restaurant, McGraw’s Irish Pub in East Rochester and brownpapertickets.com.

Break of Reality, the cello-and-percussion ensemble that began a decade ago as a group of Eastman School of Music grads playing in Java’s Cafe, performs in its largest venue ever with an 8 p.m. Jan. 17 date at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs St.

The band blends rocking originals with a dynamic selection of classic, metal and indie-rock music. The band includes two original founding members from the Eastman, Ivan Trevino and Patrick Laird. This show will feature additional cellists, percussionists and a string quartet accompaniment. Tickets ($10, $25, $30 and $40) are available at Wegmans, rpo.org, (585) 454-2100 and the Eastman Theatre box office, 433 East Main St., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on nonconcert Saturdays.

The political comedy and musical revue The Capitol Steps presents its New Year’s Eve show at Nazareth College Arts Center’s the Callahan Theater. The troupe is made up of mostly former Capitol staffers lampooning their former employers; 2013 has been a particularly fruitful year in that regard. Tickets (ranging from $45 to $75) are available at (585) 389-2170, artscenter.naz.edu and the box office, 4245 East Ave. Regular box office hours are Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 11 a.m. until curtain time on performance days.