Hip-Hop/Rap: Snoop Dogg
Can you really pass up a chance to see none other than the S-n-double-o-p Dogg himself? Even for the non-rap-initiated such as myself, Snoop Dogg (originally Snoop Doggy Dogg) has a certain charm, a certain swagger, and a coolness that most other rappers in the industry just can’t seem to muster. Sure, he’s faced the dark side of the hip-hop world: drug charges, dropped murder charges, and you know, almost being banned from visiting Australia on “character grounds.” But when you’re living music like Snoop does, perhaps that just comes with the territory. With a new reggae album (and new persona, Snoop Lion) just announced, it’s a safe bet that Snoop will pull out some new stuff as well. Just don’t forget to drop it like it’s hot. YelaWolf opens.
Snoop Dogg performs Thursday, August 2 at 7 p.m. at CMAC, 3355 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua. $25-$40. 758-5330, cmacevents.com. — WILLIE CLARK
ALTERNATIVE: The Toadies/Helmet
The Toadies’ hit single “Possum Kingdom” was a staple of mid-90’s modern rock radio. The band toured relentlessly throughout the rest of the decade, but after original bass player Lisa Umbarger called it quits, the band broke up after a string of farewell concerts in 2002. The group was reformed in the spring of 2006 and since then has released two more records, and plans to unveil a third, “Play.Rock.Music,” this summer. Helmet enjoyed some commercial success on the strength of albums “Meantime” (1992) and “Betty” (1994). After the band broke up in 1998, singer-guitarist Page Hamilton became involved in numerous musical projects, such as playing guitar for David Bowie and doing studio sessions for film scores. Hamilton has recruited many different members since the band’s initial incarnation and has released three albums since Helmet’s return in 2004, most recently 2010’s “Seeing Eye Dog.” Ume also performs.
The Toadies/Helmet play Saturday, August 4 at 8 p.m. at Water Street Music Hall, 204 N. Water St. $16-$20. waterstreetmusic.com. — BY DAVID YOCKEL, JR.
Indie Pop: Eternal Summers, Dirty Dishes, The Wallpaper
With lush soundscapes and some sweet vocals, Eternal Summers is picking the right time to come up to Rochester from Virginia. The band’s sound evokes lazy summer days, and it’s good music to space out to. If you are expecting to do much dancing, this might not be the show for you. The music is enjoyable, but not really energetic. Dirty Dishes is in the same vein, so the night should be quite relaxing. The Wallpaper and Admirers are local bands that will be starting the night by strumming some heart strings. Expect hipsters. The Teen Set 45 Party will follow.
Eternal Summers, Dirty Dishes, The Wallpaper play Wednesday, August 8 at 9 p.m. at The Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave. $8-$12, 18+. 454-2966, bugjar.com. — SUZAN PERO
Gypsy: Genesee Fever Art Show feat. The Pickpockets
While this is a gallery opening for artwork by Rachel Dow, Rochester’s The Pickpockets will be there to liven up the evening with the band’s unique style of gypsy-sounding music. If that’s not interesting enough for you, the music is performed in part on toy instruments. If you have seen this band busking around town, you’ll know what kind of musical hijinks to expect. If not, prepare to be pleasantly surprised.
Genesee Fever Art Show feat. The Pickpockets takes place Friday, August 3 at 6 p.m. at Orange Glory Cafe, 240 East Ave. Free. 232-7340. — SUZAN PERO
BLUES ROCK: Band of Skulls
When you hear a band name like Band of Skulls, your thoughts may wander to images of ill-tempered music in the vein of death metal or goth. But that assumption would be incorrect. More in line with Jack White’s project The Dead Weather, Band of Skulls features dueling male-female vocals and an overall bluesy-rock feel. Touring in support of the 2012 sophomore album “Sweet Sour,” the English three-piece is interspersing supporting dates for Jane’s Addiction and Red Hot Chili Peppers with a few shows of its own.
Band of Skulls performs Wednesday, August 8, 7 p.m. at Water Street Music Hall, 204 N. Water St. $16. waterstreetmusic.com. — DAVE LABARGE
AMERICANA: Mumford & Sons
On this side of the pond, we define bands that blend genres including folk, country, or bluegrass as Americana. Quartet Mumford & Sons is Americana too, but owing to its U.K. origins, it adds some Shakespeare and Celtic swagger. The result is literate and rustic roots music that’s earned the band numerous Grammy nominations and Billboard Music Awards. With only one album, 2010’s “Sigh No More,” Mumford & Sons is as close to an overnight sensation as it gets. Lead singer-guitarist-troubadour Marcus Mumford’s voice is the key. It lends an emotive cathedral-like quality that stands out in a crowd while his sons — who aren’t really his sons — create a cohesive dynamic and occasionally raucous texture. With Aaron Embrey and Dawes.
Mumford & Sons performs Tuesday, August 7, 7 p.m. at CMAC, 3355 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua. $35-$45. cmacevents.com. — BY ROMAN DIVEZUR
BLUEGRASS: Brantling Bluegrass Festival
Whether you’re a picker or a grinner, or want to spend a day in the country or a night under the stars, the 4th Annual Brantling Bluegrass Festival will help channel your inner Appalachian. This event offers camping, a BBQ cook-off, and music workshops at the Brantling Music Academy. Topics include songwriting and instruction for beginners to pros on instruments including banjo, fiddle, mandolin, and dobro. Fourteen bands spread across three days anchor the festivities. Food, craft, and instrument vendors are available. See the website brantlingbluegrass.com for directions and schedules.
Brantling Bluegrass Festival takes place Thursday, August 2-Saturday, August 4, at Brantling Ski Slopes, 4015 Fish Farm Road, Sodus. Music begins Thursday and Friday at 3 p.m., Saturday at 11 a.m. $15-$45. brantlingbluegrass.com. — BY ROMAN DIVEZUR
Amidst its latest cross-country trek of dates at festivals and large venues, legendary alt-rock band Wilco brings its brand of arena-ready rock to the confines of Rochester’s Highland Bowl. Dabbling in alt-country, experimental rock, and folk, there is no one genre that comfortably defines Wilco. Few too are the venues that can contain the litany of superb tracks the band can throw at you. Sampling from eight studio albums night to night, one or two favorites from the band’s vast catalogue are likely to be excluded, but you’re just as sure to catch that amount and many favorites more. The Lee Ranaldo Band (of Sonic Youth) also plays.
Wilco performs Friday, August 3, 6:30 p.m. at Highland Bowl, 1200 South Ave. $44.50-$49. rochesterevents.com. — BY DAVE LABARGE