Just in time for the most sacred of Irish holidays, take a little trip to the Emerald Isle via a stopover in Chicago with The Tossers, returning to Rochester for the first time in more than five years. More traditional-sounding than its Celtic-rock contemporaries Flogging Molly and the Dropkick Murphys, The Tossers have more in common with The Pogues. The group plays drunken Irish music with the flair, flame, and fury of modern rock and roll, but with all the fiddle, mandolin, and tin whistle you could want. Continental and local Irish rockers 1916 help to start off your St. Patrick's Day week festivities.
The Tossers play Wednesday, March 13, 8 p.m. at Water Street Music Hall, 204 N. Water St. $12-$15. waterstreetmusic.com.
Comedy: The Rochester Comedy Festival, featuring Sheryl Underwood, Arnez J, Tony Rock, Don D.C. Curry, and Tommy Davidson will take place tonight, 7 p.m., at Blue Cross Arena (One War Memorial Square). Tickets are $55-$70, call 800-745-3000 or visit ticketmaster.com. More info: bluecrossarena.com.