JAZZ | Eastman New Jazz Ensemble with Ryan Keberle

JAZZ | Eastman New Jazz Ensemble with Ryan Keberle

One of the top trombonists in the New York City scene, Ryan Keberle (pictured) has played with greats like Wynton Marsalis and Ivan Lins, and in leading ensembles like the Maria Schneider Orchestra. He has also worked extensively in pop music with David Bowie, Alicia Keys, and Sufjan Stevens.


Named for the portmanteau of Motown and its hometown, local reggae-rock quartet MoChester has been on the jam since 2001. Consisting of singer-guitarist Brandon Sheffer, keyboardist Jonathan Sheffer, and drummer Alex Melville, MoChester has progressed over the years from an acoustic singer-songwriter approach to a full-fledged rock band over the years, and celebrated a revival in 2011 with the addition of its current bassist, Ben Overmyer.

INDIE ROCK | Mikaela Davis and Southern Star

Mikaela Davis, Southern Star, Record Archive, indie rock

JAZZ | Ethnic Heritage Ensemble

In 1972, seeking to know more about his musical roots, percussionist Kahil El'Zabar traveled to Africa to study at the University of Ghana. The knowledge he gained there led to such opportunities as writing arrangements for Broadway's "The Lion King."

ROCK | The National Reserve

Building its foundation from playing weekly, four-hour-long gigs in a popular Brooklyn bar, The National Reserve boasts a well-rounded, energetic live performance. Frontman and songwriter Sean Walsh, guitarist Jon LaDeau, bassist Ryan Gavel, and drummer Brian Geltner all share a palpable, kinetic chemistry that shines through the band's varying arrangements.


For almost a decade, MC Lars has been wearing a golden video game cartridge around his neck. The brainy rapper has demonstrated his nerd-dom in other ways beyond his signature look, with nods to literary figures and lyrical references about pop culture.

CLASSICAL | Society for Chamber Music in Rochester's 'Baroque and Blue'

The formality of Baroque music and the directness of the blues are a winning combination for the Society for Chamber Music in Rochester. The group has presented several concerts with this theme, and has another coming up this Sunday at Hochstein Performance Hall.

POP-SOUL | Soul Passenger

Soul Passenger is a study in cool. Whether these musicians are driving you to tears with something by The Police or dishing out original blues-tinged rock, Soul Passenger is the quintessential bar band.

INDIE ROCK | Longwave

Though I haven't pressed The Demos or The Stedwells directly, it's safe to say that Longwave is an influence to their sounds in no small degree. All three bands boast swirling vocals and create a hypnotic euphoria with their music.

JAZZ | Bob Sneider

No one represents the Rochester jazz scene more than guitarist Bob Sneider. He's led the jam sessions at the Rochester International Jazz Festival for almost 20 years, sharing the stage with luminaries like Wynton Marsalis and Eric Alexander.

CLASSICAL | Incantare

Classical fans are no strangers to early music concerts featuring compositions from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. But those who attend the Valentine's Day concert at The Perkins Mansion are in for a treat when the quartet Incantare performs.

METAL | September Mourning

[Updated and revised ] The Los Angeles band September Mourning is quite lively for looking so dead. It comes off as a sort of radio play, a doomed fairy tale which drags fans in with its macabre grind and death rattle.

JAZZ | Jeff Coffin

[ REVISED SCHEDULE ] The 50th Annual Penfield Jazz Fundraiser Concerts feature three-time Grammy-winning saxophonist Jeff Coffin. Currently a member of the Dave Matthews Band, Coffin previously spent 14 years — and won those three Grammys— as a member of Bela Fleck & The Flecktones.

JAZZ | Nancy Kelly

Nancy Kelly has been looking back into classic vocal jazz since she was a wee one, just four years old. Growing up in Rochester, she studied piano, clarinet, drama, and dance before settling on voice, which she studied at the Eastman School of Music.

FOLK | Mike Powell

An all-around talented guy — having chosen the life of a traveling songwriter over a surefire career in professional lacrosse — Mike Powell is also the owner and operator of the art studio Rising Feather Art in Cazenovia. Powell captivates audiences with his intimate storytelling, and is best known for his song "Twenty One Rounds," written as part of the Acoustic Guitar Project.

CLASSICAL | Hochstein Centennial Orchestra Concert

The Hochstein School opened on January 2, 1920 in tribute to Rochester-born violinist David Hochstein, who was killed in World War I. A hundred years later, Hochstein serves approximately 3,500 students. Quite a few of them will take the stage for the school's rousing centennial celebration this Sunday afternoon.


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