AMERICANA | Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

AMERICANA | Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

Jason Isbell's concerts at CMAC have become a summer mainstay. Isbell and his backing band, the 400 Unit, consistently deliver strong performances anchored by songwriting that oscillates between country and rock.


Just when you think the trance is over, TRUTH shifts gears in a totally new direction, leaving the listener wanting more and waiting in anticipation of what's to come.  Formed in 2006, New Zealand's darkly meditative duo consists of world-class DJ-producers Andre Fernandez and Tristan Roake.

SPECIAL EVENT | Make Music Rochester

Make Music Rochester is modeled after the Parisian "Fête de la Musique" (a Parisian tradition? Already, I'm in), which began in 1982 as a tribute to the Summer Solstice.

BRASS BAND | Buffalo Brass Machine

Audiences across Western New York have been losing themselves to Buffalo Brass Machine's boisterous music since 2015. Formed by University of Buffalo students, Buffalo Brass Machine the eight-piece collective offers friendly homage to classic New Orleans-style brass bands.

ROCK | The Stonewall Vessels

As Tall as Lions meets Rx Bandits in Lancaster, Pennsylvania's alternative rock quintet The Stonewall Vessels. Vocalist Darrion Washington has a versatile range, tastefully switching between a fragile vibrato, aggressive shrieks, and sky-high harmonies with ease.

REGGAE-ROCK | Personal Blend

Rochester reggae septet Personal Blend takes you straight to the beach with its tribal mix of surf, reggae, rock, dub, and Rasta. With a new full-length album, "Heavy Currents," the band delivers simple lyrical concepts about love, daydreaming, and living your best life through complex arrangements of digital drum rhythms, punchy horn lines, and ambient vocal melodies.

ROCK 'N' ROLL | Alison Pipitone Band

Buffalo's Alison Pipitone is a straight-up, straight-ahead barroom rock 'n' roller. Her music is like a rough-and-rowdy, sawdust-strewn soundtrack for blue-collar romeos, and as she puts it, "Dancing Girls on the Tables."

BLUES | Doug MacLeod

With a tapping foot and a slapping hand for percussion, fantastic fingerpicking mixed with slide guitar and strumming, and a voice as rough as gravel, Doug MacLeod is the ultimate one-man blues band. Over the last four decades he's paid his dues working with greats like Big Joe Turner, Big Mama Thornton and Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson.

REGGAE | The Wailers

After the untimely death of the legendary Bob Marley in 1981, Ashton "Family Man" Barrett took The Wailers' baton. Barrett still runs the legendary group.

ACOUSTIC ROCK-POP | Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds

Few figures in pop music are as polarizing as Dave Matthews. He and his band have been a staple of jam-friendly rock music for a quarter-century, and in the process have become either a beloved live act or an irritating musical aberration, depending on who you ask.

AMERICANA | Jon Itkin & The Receivers

Jon Itkin is best known as the guitarist for folk-bluegrass outfit The Crooked North. But Itkin also applies his steady strumming and concise country songwriting to his own project.


Every now and again, Rochester's Muler pokes its head out to prove there are plenty of arrows left in their indie quiver. Muler, in essence, possesses a sound that's more than just "indie," but that's the only term that comes close, without having to dismantle your record collection.

MODERN JAZZ | Aaron Staebell & Beverly

Check out the video clip on Rochester jazz drummer Aaron Staebell's website, and you get an idea of what he's about and why you should be about him. The musical construction he uses to define infinity doesn't telegraph or tease, but satisfies completely when it arrives.


Electrifying audiences around Rochester since 1997, Tom Hoogs is a producer and DJ with serious moxie. Owner of 535 Recordings, Hoogs maintains a loyal following with his original blends of jungle, deep house, dubstep, and alternative pop.

AMERICANA | The Avett Brothers

Guitarist Seth Avett and his banjo-playing brother Scott Avett have made a name for themselves on the national folk scene with their tenderly nostalgic songs. Joined by bassist Bob Crawford and cellist Joe Kwon, the siblings exchange heart-wrenching vocals with harmonies that are so in sync, it's like they're coming from the same voice.

ROCK 'N' ROLL | Fairport Steel Rail Revival

What's with rock 'n' roll's fascination with trains? "Blood on the Tracks," "Mystery Train," "Train Kept A-Rollin'," and so on.


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  • The F Word: Frank gets burned by holy water

    Last Thursday, Significant Other burned down the Record Archive’s Backroom barn with its funkified drive. People were on their feet, people were on each other’s feet, people were on the tables, guzzling beer and wine and jumping for Joy, but she wouldn’t come down off the chandelier.
    • Jun 11, 2019
  • The F Word: An apology to Margaret Explosion
  • The F Word: An apology to Margaret Explosion

    People who brandish cell phones at shows are distracting and disappointing. Put the phone down and dig the show, sluggo. Live in the now. But this isn’t a rant at millennial meatheads and their all-important tools of hipster oblivion. This is an apology to Margaret Explosion.
    • May 31, 2019

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