Bringing two Bachs together
Dusty West, impresario of Eat Here Records, wants you to know that this year's theme of his eponymously named fourth-annual event, West Fest, is "Destroy All Scenes." While the local bands on the two-night line-up are aggressive, this festival is about making friends as it attempts to unite fans of a few specific genres to break down some musical barriers.
"Buffalo Sex Change" Dadstache Records
The Erie Canal is one of Rochester's most iconic and scenic geographic features. Combine it with live music and you've got a recipe for a great summer day.
Though he isn't from Chicago, guitarist and vocalist Selwyn Birchwood is the embodiment of the city's brand of blues. His intense lead guitar playing, with its dirty tone, is equivalent to an out-of-body-experience, and combined with his rough, gritty, perfect-for-blues voice you'd think you were listening to a blues legend.
The Honeycutters are a joyful celebration of emotions, presented in a country/roots/honkey-tonk mix. The band employs acoustic guitar, mandolin, pedal steel, bass, and drums as the setting for singer Amanda Anne Platt's beautifully unadorned voice.
Trumpet and flugelhorn player extraordinaire Tom Harrell has delighted audiences at two Rochester International Jazz Festivals. When he takes the stage at Hochstein Saturday he'll be joined by a new, all-star band, "Colors of a Dream."
If you have yet to experience a Rochester punk show, then here is your chance to tap in all the way. Rotten U.K. is returning to the Bug Jar, complete with metal studs, plane glue Mohawks, thrashing guitar riffs, and brain-rattling vocals.
An extension of the city's Party In The Park series, ROC the Park showcases Rochester's urban music scene with a series of three concerts in July, August, and September. On Friday, August 22, ROC The Park will host A Tribute to Motown, featuring Carlton Wilcox Live, Jimmie Highsmith, Cinnamon Jones, Art Beaty, and DJ Papa Dean performing originals and covers of hits from the Motown Record Label.
Nasty Habit "Desperate Times, Desperate Measures"
Collective Soul is a rock 'n' roll constant in the hallowed electric church. It's a mondo-hit-making machine that bypasses the pop vacuum with credible rock, hooks, and substance.