Reggae/Funk/Jam: FEVER, Poetry for Thieves
While FEVER has dubbed itself a funk/reggae/dub band, it brings to mind most strongly 90’s-style alternative music, without the political twist but peppered with some occasional dashes of dub. Poetry for Thieves is a jam band that happens to share a rehearsal space with FEVER, so working together comes naturally for these two groups. FEVER recently recorded an EP at Finger Lakes Community College, and the band is looking to bust out even more new stuff, so better catch it before it starts working its way out of the city.
FEVER, Poetry for Thieves plays Saturday, July 21 at 9:30 p.m. at Firehouse Saloon, 814 S. Clinton Ave. $3, 21+. 319-3832. — SUZAN PERO
Pop/Rock: Meat Loaf
I remember declaring that summer was finally here when “Bat Out of Hell” hit the record player for the first time this season. Sure, the album is older than I am, and the bat has returned and left hell several more times since its initial release. But Meat Loaf is still the hard-hitting, fiery rock star he always was. Who was the one that taught us all that 2/3 was an OK fraction for living, or that even in love, there are some things you just won’t do? Let’s not forget his acting chops: “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “Fight Club,” “Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny,” plus a stint on “Celebrity Apprentice.” If there’s a paradise, may it ever be lit by dashboard lights.
Meat Loaf performs Saturday, July 21 at 8 p.m. at CMAC, 3355 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua. $20-$80. cmacevents.com. — BY WILLIE CLARK
Jazz: John Legend
If your idea of a perfect summer day involves an intimate outdoor concert for a good cause, then Jazz on The Pond will create a memorable experience as nine-time Grammy Award-winner John Legend performs a solo acoustic set. This is the sixth year for Jazz on The Pond. Last year’s event featuring Philip Bailey raised $50,000 for jazz scholarships at the Eastman School of Music. The annual concert also gives ESM students and alums an opportunity to share the stage with stars including Bailey, Chaka Khan, and Jeffrey Osborne. This year’s concert will also include Everette Harp & Rick Braun and Bitchin’ Kitchen.
John Legend performs Sunday, July 22 at 2:30 p.m. at Cranberry Pond, Hilton. $125-$180. jazzonthepond.org. — BY ROMAN DIVEZUR
POP/ROCK: Ingrid Michaelson
The ability to craft earnest, emotional, and supremely catchy singles has earned singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson an ubiquity both on popular radio and in television. Her songs have been featured no fewer than 10 times on “Grey’s Anatomy” specifically, and at least as many times more in other shows, commercials, and films. At this show Michaelson is sure to play songs in support of her fifth album, “Human Again,” as she is in the middle of a month-long North American jaunt before she heads off to Australia for some dates in September. Greg Laswell also plays.
Ingrid Michaelson performs Saturday, July 21 at 8 p.m. at Water Street Music Hall, 204 N. Water St. $20-$24. waterstreetmusic.com. — BY DAVE LABARGE
FILM SCORE: RPO: “Pirates of the Caribbean”
Ahoy! It’s eye patches and swords for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra’s “Pirate Night” at the Eastman Theatre. On the big screen will be Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” (rated PG-13), featuring Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow. In the pit will be the RPO, performing the full movie score. And in the audience? You and your pirate mateys. The RPO is hosting a pirate costume competition for all ages, beginning at 5 p.m. Contest finalists will be selected by RPO representatives, and will be presented on stage to Gary the Happy Pirate. Winners will be determined by audience applause, and RPO-related prizes will be awarded.
The RPO’s performance of “Pirates of the Caribbean” takes place Saturday, July 21, 7 p.m. at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs St. $22-$75. 454-2100, RPO.org. — BY PALOMA A. CAPANNA
CLASSICAL/JAZZ: Tony Caramia
When Eastman School of Music professor of piano Tony Caramia presents a concert called “Summer Smiles,” he’s not messing around. Aside from classical pieces like “Summer Evening” by Edvard Grieg and “Indian Summer” by Victor Herbert, he’ll be playing “Summertime” by George Gershwin, “Summer Song” by Dave Brubeck, “Summer Serenade” by Benny Carter, “Summer Samba” by Marcos Valle, and his own composition “Summer Smiles.” OK, so he’s left out Sly and the Family Stone’s “Hot Fun in the Summertime” and The Lovin’ Spoonful’s “Summer in the City,” but he’s still covering almost every aspect of the season.
Tony Caramia performs Wednesday, July 25, 7:30 p.m. at Kilbourn Hall, 26 Gibbs St. Free. esm.rochester.edu. — BY RON NETSKY
POP/ROCK: Boulder Festival 2012
Who’s better than Rubblebucket to headline this eclectic South Wedge block party? The Brooklyn-based psychedelic dance band’s last gig at Water Street Music Hall saw a packed house and even a raging fever didn’t keep me away. Rubblebucket left me with sweaty palms and goosebumps; it was great. Boulder Festival 2012 features three days of music, local artists, food, and after-parties.
Boulder Festival 2012 runs Friday, July 20-Sunday, July 22, with music starting daily at 4 p.m. in the parking lot at Boulder Coffee, 100 Alexander St. Tickets cost $3-$5. For more information visit boulderfestival.com. — BY ROMAN DIVEZUR
Friday, July 20: 8 p.m.: The Moho Collective (2nd Stage) | 9 p.m.: Roots Collider (Main Stage) | 11 p.m.: RIPROC After Party (inside Boulder)
Saturday, July 21: 4 p.m. Julia Weldon (2nd Stage) | 5 p.m.: The Demos (Main Stage) | 6 p.m.: Mikaela Davis (2nd Stage) | 7 p.m.: Joywave (Main Stage) | 8 p.m.: High Drags (2nd Stage) | 9 p.m.: Rubblebucket (Main Stage) | 11 p.m.: CULTR CLUB After Party (inside Boulder)
Sunday, July 22: 4 p.m.: Cottage Jefferson (2nd Stage) | 5 p.m.: Josh Netsky Band (Main Stage) | 6 p.m.: Dave & Marissa (2nd Stage) | 7 p.m.: Anonymous Willpower (Main Stage) | 8 p.m.: Epilogue (2nd Stage) | 9 p.m.: The Buddhahood (Main Stage)
GARAGE ROCK: The Priests
Though only gone from the scene for a few years, Rochester garage-rock sensations The Priests existed briefly in a transitional period of musical and technological change. The difference? The Priests never played along. The band sported a black-clad anti-hero stance and an insatiable appetite to feast on the hand that fed it. Consequently the music was unfettered and unencumbered by rock ’n’ roll posturing and window dressing. With just three albums to its credit, The Priests ultimately saved rock ’n’ roll by killing itself — the band never lasted long enough to undo its cool. But in the end, what saved rock ’n’ roll couldn’t save The Priests. Out of the band’s volatility and violence came music of equal volatility and violence that hovered somewhere between The Cramps, The Sonics, and The Doors. Savage, raw, and absolutely brilliant. And if that weren’t enough, The Bloody Hollies and St. Phillip’s Escalator share the bill.
The Priests perform Saturday, July 21, 8 p.m. at the Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave. $8-$10. bugjar.com. — BY FRANK DE BLASE