Anat Cohen "Outra Coisa" and "Rosa Dos Ventos"
It's the sixth episode of the Rochester Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony and the most Rochester-centric edition yet. This year's inductees are Samuel Adler, Eastman School of Music professor of composition from 1966 to 1995; Joe Beard, blues guitar legend revered world-wide; Gary Lewis, the leader of Gary Lewis and The Playboys, which over its career received eight gold singles and 17 Top 40 hits; Uncle Roger McCall, the "Last DJ" whose "Homegrown" show championed Rochester musicians until his murder in 2003; Greg Sullivan, another champion of local music and the owner of the iconic Penny Arcade; and Lewis Soloff, trumpet player for Blood, Sweat & Tears during the band's peak (1968-1973).
Manuel Valera Trio "The Seasons"
People loved when the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra performed John Williams' classic score to "Raiders of the Lost Ark," and now guest conductor Stuart Chafetz will lead the RPO in "Star Wars and More: The Best of John Williams," an evening of greatest hits from the composer's esteemed six-decade career. On Friday, April 28, and Saturday, April 29, at 8 p.m., classical music lovers and cinephiles alike will be able to sit back and take in the iconic tunes to some of the greatest films of all time, including "Star Wars," "Indiana Jones," "Jaws," "Jurassic Park," "Harry Potter," and plenty more.
A year into its current lineup, Rochester rock band Oh Manitou is preparing for a breakthrough
Rochester-native rapper Emilio Rojas has already independently toured internationally twice, dropped eight mixtapes, and is even backed by Rochester hip-hop legend DJ Green Lantern. And outside of the city, Rojas is associated with artists like Killer Mike, Future, Hi-Rez, and N.O.R.E. His music is proudly controversial with reoccurring themes about racial identity, the abuse of Hispanic men by the American government, and the abandonment of his father at a young age.
For the final concert in a season, concert organizations will often go for a big event. For its final concert, though, Pegasus Early Music is going back to basics — but still going out in style.
Known as one of the founding fathers of blues mainstay The Nighthawks, Jimmy Thackery is the strato-master of the Stratocaster as he waxes cool on stage. His use of effects — Leslie, chorus, delay — is purely a sparse spice; the majority of the wow is his fleet-fingered fretwork.
If the sound of Montreal jazz group B's Bees reminds you of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, it might be because of the similar spirit. Blakey always filled his ranks with the best up-and-coming young players he could find.
Reggie Harris is a songwriter, singer, and educator known for his more than 40 years as half of the duo Kim and Reggie Harris. He is also a well-traveled solo performer throughout the world.