Special Event: It’s nice to know that some cool things in this country aren’t being gobbled up, chewed up, spit out, re-packaged, and re-sold. Independent record stores are still going strong. On Saturday, April 20, independent record stores around the country — including Rochester — will celebrate Record Store Day by offering special limited releases and all sorts of promotional shenanigans, including performances by independent bands that make the music in the first place. It’ll be like a party without walls, a parade with tentacles. Check out the festivities, sluggo: At Record Archive catch the Fox Sisters, Pickpockets, Isotopes, Hollands, Anonymous Willpower, The Seabreezers. At the Bop Shop you’ll get Boyd Lee Dunlop, Wammo and the Swooners, and the Buzzo All-Star Band. At House of Guitars it’s Mitch Jones, The Capitals, I Can’t Stop Wondering, Mark Malsegna, Harmonica Lewinski, Smith & Williams, Uncl Rog, Tabs, Televisionaries, and others. For more information visit recordstoreday.com.
Festival: There’s a world of possibilities for how you can celebrate this year’s Earth Day on Saturday – while staying local, of course. Rochester Greenovation (1199 E. Main St.) presents its free Earth Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., with green initiatives, workshops, art, documentaries, a recycled compost tumbler, and more. The Earth Festival is part of Greenovation’s Earth Week celebrations, which continues through April 25; go to rochestergreen.org for the full schedule of events. Meanwhile, Hamlin Beach State Park (1 Hamlin Beach Blvd. W., nysparks.com/parks/20/details.aspx) will host a free Earth Day party starting at 9 a.m., with crafters and artisans, eco-friendly vendors, environmental exhibits, a beach clean-up, and more. Call 964-2462 for more info. If you want to celebrate healthy eating as well as healthy living, head to Abundance Co-op (62 Marshall St.) for its free bEARTHday celebration, with live music, food sampling, and select store discounts to celebrate Earth Day as well as the co-op’s own b-day. Go to abundance.coop for more info.
Music: Assuming you have any money left after Record Store Day on Saturday, drop your stash of collectibles at home and head to Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Way, abilenebarandlounge.com) for a Record Store Day celebration double-header. The honky-tonkin’ Johnny Outlaw and the Johnson Creek Stranglers start things off at 9 p.m., and will be followed by psychedelic pop-rocker massive group Zombie Walri. Cover charge is $8 for 21 and over, and $12 for under 21.
Special event: Karma police, arrest anyone who skips the Radiohead laser show at Strasenburgh Planetarium of the Rochester Museum and Science Center (657 East Ave., rmsc.org). The show is at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, and costs $6-$7.
Music: If you’re too refined for that populist drivel American Idol, then maybe your fancy pants would feel more at home at Classical Idol, a vocal competition on Saturday presented by the Rochester Oratorio Society. This high-art contest will feature classical singers performing selections from opera and musical theater for the approval of the audience, the judgment of a feedback panel, and the chance to win cash prizes up to $2,000. The evening begins at 6 p.m. in Temple B’rith Kodesh (2131 Elmwood Ave.) with an opening reception; the competition starts at 7:30. Tickets are $40 general admission, and $15 for student seating. Go to rossings.org for more info.
Art: The Genesee Country Village and Museum (1410 Flint Hill Rd., Mumford, gcv.org) will hosts its 15th annual Antique Show and Sale on Saturday. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., you can browse bargain and hard-to-find furniture, books, jewelry, artworks, glassware, and other coveted crafts from Western New York dealers and collectors. Admission is $6 for everyone except GCV members, who get in for free.
Music: Rafe Stefanini, a fiddler, banjoist, guitarist, and songwriter from the rural South, will perform with his daughter and fellow fiddler/guitarist, Clelia, at Bernunzio Uptown Music (122 East Ave.) on Saturday. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15, which also pays for a special meal courtesy of the Ravioli Shop. For more information, call 473-6140 or visit bernunzio.com.
Special event: On Saturday, come to the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County (115 South Ave.) and enjoy art – albeit with some caution – at Caution! Artist @ Work!, a free presentation from Mary Housel-Demanchick, an art teacher at Rush-Henrietta Middle School and Nazareth College. Starting at 1 p.m., Housel-Demanchick will demonstrate her book art techniques in the library’s Kate Gleason Auditorium. Check out more library events at libraryweb.org.
Music: Not too familiar with the sounds of Ukraine, are you? Then let Saturday’s Spiritual and Folkloric Songs of Ukraine concert be your introduction. The show starts at 6 p.m. in the Golisano Academic Center of Nazareth College (4245 East Ave.), and will feature seven local Ukrainian and Slavic choral groups, as well as duets and individual soprano performances. The concert is free and open to the public. Learn more at naz.edu.
Music: This month’s Songwriters in the Round concert at Tango Café (389 Gregory St., tangocafedance.com) will feature performances from Maria Gillard, Scott Regan, and Brian Coughlin. Music starts at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $8 GA.
Music: French Creole superstars Cedric Watson and Bijou Creole bring its exotic sounds to the Harmony House (58 E. Main St., Webster) at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10-$18. See more Harmony House events at chorusofthegenesee.org.
Music: April showers bring May flowers, but what do April Powers bring? Apparently, a performance by Ithaca’s Big Mean Sound Machine. The Afrobeat band joins Thunder Body in celebrating its third annual April Powers concert at The German House Theater (315 Gregory St.), at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10. For more events, go to upallnightpresents.com.
Music: You may not know Al and Pauline Kerstein, but due to recent health issues, the couple could use your help. So lend a helping hand – and check out some sweet tunes while doing so – at Sunday’s Kerstein benefit concert at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Way, abilenebarandlounge.com). From 2 to 6 p.m., there will be live music from The Ruckus Juice, Jug Stompers, and The LPs. The concert is free, with a suggested donation of $15, which will go to the Kerstein’s medical expenses.
Music: It’s not The Gong Show, but hey, it’s kind of close. The Harley Gamelan Ensemble – who specialize in Gamelan - a Balinese music tradition that uses gongs and bamboo flutes – will perform a free family concert in the Kate Gleason Auditorium of the Central Library (115 South Ave., libraryweb.org) on Sunday. The Gamelan gets going at 2 p.m.
Special event: All aboard! Every Sunday through May 12, the New York Museum of Transportation (6393 E. River Rd., nymtmuseum.org) continues its springtime trolley rides, departing at 12:30 p.m., 1 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. Rides costs $4-$5 for everyone except riders under 12, who can hop on for free.
Music: Singin’ in the spring, just singin’ in the spring – what a glorious feeling! Bask in the season at SUNY Geneseo’s Sing in the Spring concert, with performances by the school’s Spectrum Women’s Ensemble and the Rochester women’s choral ensemble Concentus. The free concert starts at 3 p.m. at the Wadsworth Auditorium on the Geneseo campus (1 College Circle, Geneseo). Spring on over to geneseo.edu for more info and events.
Music: On the first cut of his superb new album, “Lay Down My Heart,” Joe Locke enters the slow groove of “Ain’t No Sunshine” with the melody and then proceeds to take it for beautiful flight. The Rochester native, who graced the stage of Jenks n’ Jones and other long-gone local clubs in the late 1970’s, is now one of the world’s greatest vibraphonists. On his 33rd album Locke offers excellent originals and a variety of standards, but his most sensitive performance comes on the tune that supplies the album’s title, “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” Locke will explore the album and more when he brings his top-notch group — Ryan Cohan, piano; Jaimeo Brown, drums; and Lorin Cohen, bass — to the Exodus To Jazz series. Joe Locke performs Saturday, April 20, 8 p.m. at Hochstein School of Music, 50 N. Plymouth Ave. $25-$42. ExodusToJazz.com.