CLASSICAL | RPO's 'Carmina Burana'

CLASSICAL | RPO's 'Carmina Burana'

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Rochester Oratorio Society, rather daringly, are going secular this holiday season with Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana." No stars or mangers here: this "scenic cantata" is based on medieval poetry celebrating the joys of drinking ale, eating roasted swans, and generally carrying on, under the watchful eye of the goddess Fortuna.

PUNK | 'Kaiser's Murray Christmas'

Kaiser Solzie is a local punk musician who's journeyed from homelessness to helping other punk musicians behind the scenes on various Warped Tours. Solzie now works directly with Person Centered Housing Options to help people in the Rochester community find suitable housing, and he's hosting a punk rock benefit show to raise funds for the organization.

FOLK | Zack Rabbet Futt

Zack Rabbet Futt has been playing high-energy Americana since 2013 and continues to draw audiences around the region with his upbeat, backwoods foot-stompers. Rabbet Futt has a scratchy, somewhat yodeling voice, with a carefree charm that reflects loving sentiments outward to listeners.

COUNTRY | Ashley McBryde

If you're looking for hearty, country rock music, look no further than Ashley McBryde. Based out of Nashville, McBryde wears her heart on her sleeve with raw and honest songs about love and being human.

ROOTS ROCK |The Tragedy Brothers

You'll dig the way The Tragedy Brothers loom large and tango 'til they're sore. Celebrating the release of its new CD "City Limits," the quintessential Rochester roots quintet takes the melody, removes the percussive strike, and lets the sustain be your guide.

JAZZ | Pete McCann Quartet

When you reach the intersection of jazz and rock, look for Pete McCann standing there, expertly shredding away on his guitar. You might say he's the heir apparent to guitarists like John McLaughlin, who has endorsed McCann's membership in the Mahavishnu Project.


Guitarist Jamie Fleming and drummer Sarah Kirkpatrick of Toronto band Catl are touring in support of their fifth studio album, "Bide My Time Until I Die." Catl sounds like a mix between The White Stripes and The Black Keys, infused with layers of country and punk.

INDIE ROCK | The Front Bottoms

A fun, anthemic trio from New Jersey, The Front Bottoms have a sound that has matured over the years, yet still has that nostalgic and youthful pop-punk vibes that originally put them on the map. Innocent yet simultaneously suggestive, its music is full of catchy melodies and high-energy instrumentals with lyrics about love and partying.

FUTURE FOLK | Odetta Hartman

Never before have traditional folk and electronic music come together as they do in Odetta Hartman's music. Hartman has a flexible voice that can stretch from low, jazzy tones to bright and angelic sighs.

CLASSICAL | RPO's 'Brandenburg Concerto No. 4'

Johann Sebastian Bach's six Brandenburg Concertos are among the best-known pieces in classical music, but they don't often appear on symphony orchestra programs. The fourth in the series makes a welcome appearance on the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra's concert this Sunday afternoon.

ROCK | 'Two Tanks Tonight'

This Friday, Rochester rock band Violet Mary presents the fourth annual "Two Tanks Tonight," a music-filled fundraising event to benefit the Ugandan Water Project. All proceeds from the cover charge goes directly toward the establishment of two rainwater collection systems, in order to provide, clean, sustainable drinking water for schoolchildren in Uganda.

ROOTS ROCK | Donna The Buffalo

Donna The Buffalo is an Americana-folk band that has bridged generational gaps across the country with its timeless originals since 1989. Hailing from Upstate New York, Donna The Buffalo blends roots music with hints of country, blues, and rock.


Known for his inspirational messages and smooth, cheery voice, Jason Mraz is a singer-songwriter, social activist, and philanthropist who has been uplifting audiences around the world since his debut in 2002. Now touring behind the release of his tenth album, "Know," Mraz is joined by gifted percussionist-singer Noel "Toca" Rivera.

INDIE | Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts

A comic book writer at heart, Jeffrey Lewis makes indie folk music that is just as animated as his visual creations. Having gained inspiration from the streets of New York City, Lewis demonstrates what it means to think outside the box with his music by blending high-energy folk with garage rock, punk, and pop.

JAZZ | Danilo Pérez and the Eastman Jazz Ensemble

When Grammy Award-winning pianist Danilo Pérez combines his Panamanian musical roots with Latin American folk music and jazz, and adds European classical and African strains, the result is a distinctive, worldly stew. Pérez enhanced the bands of Wayne Shorter, Wynton Marsalis, and many others.

FOLK | Jackson Cavalier

A veritable one-man band, Rochester's Jackson Cavalier has been active as an acoustic musician in the regional scene since 2013. His sound has developed from blues to a broader mix of Americana and folk, all still played with his suitcase bass drum and foot-stomping tambourine setup.


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