Music: If you are looking to hear some music this weekend but also want that dollar to mean a little more, there are three different benefits you can check out this weekend. Saturday night Hatter’s Pub (5 West Main St., Webster) is hosting a Fundraiser/Benefit for Lake Road Residents, starting at 3 p.m. $5 entry, as well as a raffle, silent auction, and music provided by the ATV Blues Band. On Sunday, The Firehouse Saloon (814 South Clinton, 21+ after 9 p.m.) is hosting a benefit for the West Webster Firefighters starting at 1 p.m. All the bands have donated time to play, and there is a $10 suggested donation at the door. Moon Zombies, Divided by Zero, Cherry Bomb, and Tryst are just some of the groups who will be playing. Lovin Cup (300 Park Point Dr., lovincup.com) is also hosting a British Invasion Night on Saturday to benefit the Make a Wish Foundation, with British live music, DJs, drink specials, and prizes.
Comedy: Catch Polite Company Improv & Sketch Comedy on Saturday, January 5, at MuCCC (142 Atlantic Ave.). The show takes place at 8 p.m., and tickets are $10-$12. For more information, call 244-0960 or visit muccc.org.
Music: The cottage on Canandaigua Lake where The September Campaign recorded its debut CD, “Haunt,” is pretty far removed from Poland during the German invasion of 1939. But that event provides the backdrop for The September Campaign’s concept album that tells the story of a man who is coping with the resulting sudden and unexpected changes he does not fully understand. “Haunt” is an ambitious project from a young group. And like reaching for the summit on your first climb, the Canandaigua-based band is over the mountain and its emotive indie rock has caught on with a growing fan base. This show is the “Haunt” CD release party. Beneath the Words and There I Say Is Lightning open. The September Campaign performs Saturday, 6:30 p.m. at Water Street Music Hall, 204 N Water St. $10-$12. waterstreetmusic.com.
Special Event: Check out the 2012–2013 Finger Lakes Regional FIRST Robotics Kickoff on Saturday, January 5, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at Eastman Kodak’s Theater on the Ridge (200 Ridge Road West). The event includes regional news and a national broadcast with FIRST Founder, Dean Kamen, as well as a demo on a model playing field. For more information, visit usfirst.org.
Music: Yo Gotti is coming to town for the most recent stop on his Road to Riche$ tour, and bringing newcomer Future for our sampling pleasure. While both make claims of thugging out in the streets, one wonders if it isn’t just to give some legitimacy to their lyrics in some cases — for an interesting read check out Future’s lengthy discussion on the subject as it pertains to himself. I mention this only as it pertains to his big break out, bringing us yet another ode to everyone’s favorite misanthrope, Tony “Scarface” Montana. It has all the cursing and movie quotes you’d expect. Yo Gotti, on the other hand, has been kicking around Memphis and beyond since the late 90’s, laying a thick swath of explicit rhymes about getting freaky, hanging out in the inner city, and just generally what a fine strutting gentleman he is because quite frankly you should know. Future and Yo Gotti perform Saturday, 9 p.m. at Main Street Armory, 900 E. Main St. $40-$60 (ladies 18+, guys 21+). 232-3221, rochestermainstreetarmory.com.
Special Event: Wood Library (134 North Main St., Canandaigua) will host a Downton Abbey Tea Party on Sunday, January 6, 12-2 p.m. In honor of the new season of the popular show, watch an episode from season 2 while while sipping tea, enjoying scones, and answering trivia to win a prizes. Feel free to dress in the style of the show, as one of your favorite characters, or just as yourself. This even is for ages 18+ and is free. Register by calling 394-1381 or visit woodlibrary.org.
Music: The 4th Annual Trulla Navidena put on by the Puerto Rican Festival will be taking place Saturday night at Flat Iron Café (561 State St.) at 7 p.m. It’s a free event, with music provided by Pedro Núñez y su conjunto.
Music: Finally feeling the holiday spirit now that boughs are heaped with snow? Then fa-la-la your way up East Avenue to the Church of the Incarnate Word for a concert of classical music celebrating the Feast of Epiphany through music and poetry. Incarnate Word Music Director Michael Unger presents Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols” and John Rutter’s “Dancing Day.” Britten’s work pulls text from “The English Galaxy of Shorter Poems” by Gerald Bullett and Gregorian chant. The Epiphany is a holiday celebrating the revelation of God the Son as a human being in the form of Christ. Music and Poetry for the Feast of Epiphany takes place Sunday, 7 p.m. at Church of the Incarnate Word, 597 East Ave. Freewill offering ($10 suggested donation). 244-6065, MusicAtIncarnateWord.org.
Special Event: Partake of food and customs of an Hispanic Christmas tradition at Three Kings Day/Día de los Tres Reyes, held Sunday, January 6, at VFW Hall (3 Elm Street, Mount Morris). The event takes place at 6 p.m., and is free and open to the public, though donations are accepted. For more information, call 243-6785 or visit livingstonarts.org.
MUSIC: 2013 is here, and the Montage Music Hall (50 Chestnut St.) is ringing in the new year right with a musical bash featuring This Life, Time and Distance, Intrinsic, Low Flying Plans, Lupis, and Sonic Inception. Check it out for yourself Saturday at 8 p.m., tickets cost $8.