COUNTRY/POP: Lady Antebellum

Lady Antebellum

Lady Antebellum is a pop-country sensation. Its first album was certified platinum, and since then the band has produced a string of No. 1 hits, including “Need You Now” and “Just a Kiss.” Detractors of the group bemoan its pop-friendly sound, saying that it’s not twangy or “authentic” enough to be “true” country. I say, if millions of country-music fans and the country-music industry as a whole dig what they’re putting out, they’re plenty country for me. Darius Rucker and Thompson Square share the bill.

Lady Antebellum plays Sunday, June 3 at 7 p.m. at CMAC, 3355 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua. $59.50-$69.45. — BY ERIC REZSNYAK

ALT-METAL: Smile Empty Soul

Smile Empty Soul stormed to the forefront of the music business almost a decade ago with its 2003, self-titled debut album. High-school friends from Santa Clarita formed this post-grunge trio just five years earlier and the band has sold close to 1 million records and played hundreds of concerts since its inception. The band has dealt with issues with several different labels and a number of line-up changes, but nothing has derailed the train. Rather, it has continued to produce its special brand of metal seeping with a guitar-driven urgency and seething lyrical force.

Smile Empty Soul plays Friday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m. at Montage Music Hall, 50 Chestnut Plaza. $13. 413-1642, — BY DAVID YOCKEL, JR.

JAZZ/ROCK: Steve Winwood

From his soul-stained adolescence in The Spencer Davis Group, to the heavy dealing of the short-lived Blind Faith with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker (2/3 Cream), to settling with the jazzy world-beat explorations that make up his sound today, Steve Winwood in a rock ’n’ roll mainstay. He has managed to stay on the scene for more than 40 years without copping to rock ’n’ roll’s self-induced tragedy and posturing. Michael Franti and Spearhead open the show.

Steve Winwood performs Friday, June 1 at 8 p.m. at CMAC, 3355 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua. $69.45-$90.40. — BY FRANK DE BLASE

ALTERNATIVE: Jonathan Coulton

What I wouldn’t give to trade up for Jonathan Coulton’s brain. Born in Connecticut and raised on “Schoolhouse Rock,” the Ivy League graduate is a prolific singer-songwriter, author, and Internet sensation that is best known for his song “Code Monkey,” which has racked up millions of YouTube hits. Like his friend MC Lars, Coulton has captured the hearts and minds of fans with insightful lyrics and a quirky sense of humor. The hooks aren’t bad either. John Roderick, songwriter and singer-guitarist of The Long Winters, co-headlines this show.

Jonathan Coulton performs Tuesday, June 5 at 8 p.m. at German House Theater, 315 Gregory St. $25.50-$30. — BY ROMAN DIVEZUR

CLASSICAL: Musica Spei

The a cappella group Musica Spei is billing “The Golden Sequence” as “one text, nine centuries, 11 composers, one world premiere.” The program traces composers’ interpretations of the religious text of “Veni Sancte Spiritus” (also called “the Golden Sequence”) from an original 13th century version through to the present, using settings from various composers from Byrd to Pärt to American composer Carson Cooman (b. 1982). Cooman (a Rochester native) was commissioned to write the modern setting by Musica Spei and this will be its debut. Musica Spei specializes in sacred choral masterworks. The program is also being presented in Auburn June 8 and at Nazareth College June 9; check the Musica Spei website for additional concert dates and times.

The first concert in the series takes place Sunday, June 3, 4 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 33 E. First St., Corning. $10 suggested donation. — BY PALOMA CAPANNA


Since graduating from Ithaca College with a master’s degree in classical guitar performance, Mark Arnold has taught guitar and directed ensembles at Finger Lakes Community College. But he has also continued to explore the outer regions of the guitar repertoire. His gorgeous new album, “Bells of Dawn,” encompassing traditional Appalachian folk songs and music from Japan and South America, veers nicely off the beaten classical track. It’s a safe bet he’ll be drawing from this treasure trove of world music when he performs at his CD release concert at the Cobblestone Arts Center this weekend.

Mark Arnold performs Saturday, June 2, 7 p.m. at Cobblestone Arts Center, 1622 Route 332, Farmington. Free. — BY RON NETSKY

FOLK: Dave & Marisa

Named for their two main vocalists, local outfit Dave & Marissa is actually a five-piece band, not simply a duo as their name suggests. With the Dave half of the moniker home from college for the summer, the band is hitting the stage again. They released a four song EP back in January entitled “Move On” (and a digital only EP filled with B-sides from those sessions). It’s a set that is replete with the band’s signature vocal harmonies and acoustic pluck, and showcases what they have to offer in a live setting. Two other Rochester-based bands will open the show: The Spaceweather Shakes and I Love Me Too.

Dave & Marissa performs Tuesday, June 5, 8 p.m. at the Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave. $5-$7. 454-2966, — BY ANDY KLINGENBERGER

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