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They call it country fuzz. It’s an ominous boogie coming out of Nashville’s The Cadillac Three, a trio that resonates with country and rock ‘n’ roll in equal parts. What separates them from the rest of the heard herd, while welding genres together, is the trio’s application of the sweet grind, whine, and growl of Kelby Ray’s lap steel.
Whether he's playing a Gibson 335 or a lap steel guitar, Selwyn Birchwood owns the instrument. His extra-long fingers are in command, making his guitar scream, shout or play the most beautiful blues lines you ever heard.
This week a literary-experimental pop mashup event will be presented at Nox's low key lounge environment. Kick off your weekend with a cocktail, tunes, and storytelling at the story/stereo event featuring a reading by Rochester-based writer Brian Wood, bookended by musical sets by DC-based band The Caribbean.
Hailing from Manchester, England, the Elias String Quartet is among the most polished ensembles of its kind working today. It plays with a unity and grace all its own, interpreting legato phrases and dynamic markings with great sensitivity.
Local musician Aaron Lipp is a weathered soul in a young man's body. His old-timey quartet, The Mount Pleasant String Band, embodies that feeling by combining traditional string-band instrumentation with fresh folk originality.
A frequent problem for hardcore artists is that the music's discernibility and dynamic subtlety tends to get lost under the weight it carries. That's not a problem for Rochester's The Weight We Carry.
It's almost as fun just watching Sam Nitsch perform as it is listening to him. With mad scientist-like genius, he goes on a veritable musical spree via loops to construct sweet, swirling patterns and myriad melodies.
Sometimes you just can't hold a student back. Trumpeter Nathan Kay is a senior at the Eastman School of Music, brimming with his own jazz compositions, so he's assembled a sextet to play his tunes at the Bop Shop.
This year’s Rochester International Jazz Festival, now sponsored by CGI, will offer performances by more than 1,500 musicians. The lineup, announced this morning, is certainly not lacking in quality or variety. Among the jazz acts returning to the festival, which runs from June 21 to 29: vocalist Catherine Russell, organist Joey DeFrancesco, and guitarist Bill Frisell, with his trio.