This fun-filled day will feature more than 20 musical acts performing on three stages, and even a river boat. Look for familiar names like Jumbo Shrimp, MoChester, Tommy Brunett, Brass Taxi, The Deep Blue Dream, Carbon Leaf, Deborah Magone, Violet Mary, and The Campbell Brothers, among others. In between sets you can grab grub from more than 20 area restaurants. Proceeds from the day will be collected and go to the Golisano Children’s Hospital. Pets and coolers should be left at home. For more information, a full schedule, and to purchase tickets, visit the website.
The Fairport Music & Food Festival takes place Saturday, August 25, noon-10 p.m., at Liftbridge Lane, Fairport. $10-$15 (kids under 12 free). fairportmusicfestival.com. — BY ANNE RITZ
Jazz: Larry Garlington
Keyboard player Larry Garlington has spent the last four years crafting his debut CD, “Crossing Jordan.” Now that it’s out he’s ready to celebrate with a CD release party. Garlington did all the writing and arranging along with his musical partner, trumpeter extraordinaire Herb Smith. While the CD features local musicians along with nationally known players like drummer Ulysses Owens and trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, the live show at the Vibe Lounge will feature a 10-piece band.
Larry Garlington plays Saturday, August 25 at 8 p.m. at Vibe Lounge, Village Gate, 302 N. Goodman St. $10. 442-8423. — BY RON NETSKY
Pop/Rock: The Front Bottoms
It can be hard to make songs fun, enjoyable, and catchy, all while weaving in a lyrical narrative. But for New Jersey’s The Front Bottoms, it comes as natural as the group’s blend of acoustic rock-pop stylings. Lyrically, The Bottoms put forth real, relatable stories, and while the sound and presentation at times seems simple, there’s an undeniable nature for the songs to take you with them, just begging you to sing along. It’s great summer music — it took a long time before the group’s most recent album was taken out of my CD player. This band is teetering on a breakthrough, and if it isn’t everywhere in a few years, it won’t be for lack of talent or effort.
The Front Bottoms performs Thursday, August 23 at 8 p.m. at Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave. $10-$12. 454-2966, bugjar.com. — BY WILLIE CLARK
Electronic/Hip Hop: Act Live, Quadir Lateef
It is unfortunate, but local promotion group Act Live will be leaving us shortly to go to the fabled land of NYC. Before it goes, it’s throwing a blowout party, bringing all the artists it’s been working with lately to show us what we’ll be missing. While the headline artist is Buffalo hip-hop artist Quadir Lateef, there will be plenty of other local acts to enjoy. In the usual Dubland style there will be acts downstairs and DJs upstairs, including DJs Tim Tones and Optimus Prime. There will also be Beat Frequency Showcases, which will include Covert, Sam.I.Am the Son, and D-Rock. There really is going to be a little something for everyone, so there’s really no excuse not to show up and send Act Live off right.
Act Live, Quadir Lateef perform Friday, August 24 at 10 p.m. at Dubland Underground, 315 Alexander St. $10, 21+. 232-7550. — SUZAN PERO
OPERA/BROADWAY: Glimmerglass Festival
This weekend is that Hail Mary pass of summer. What better way to spend it than at the Glimmerglass Festival? Thursday night’s offering is “Armide,” a French baroque opera, depicting a warrior princess torn between love and vengeance. Friday night’s offering is the ever-upbeat “The Music Man,” with its 76 trombones. And Saturday night’s offering is Verdi’s massive opera “Aida,” about an Ethiopian princess thrown into slavery in Egypt, and her struggle for freedom at the hands of a military commander, torn between his love for Aida and his loyalty to the Pharaoh. The grounds of Glimmerglass and the surrounding Otsego Lake area provide a weekend getaway or a day-trip opportunity, complete with venues that offer packed picnic lunches and dinners.
The Glimmerglass Festival continues through Saturday, August 25 at 7300 State Highway 80, Cooperstown. Tickets cost $26-$132; $10-$25 for ages 18 and under. 607-547-2255, glimmerglass.org. — BY PALOMA A. CAPANNA
With its new CD “California 37” in tow, Train kicked off a tour that brings the band to CMAC this week. The Grammy-winning band sports a portfolio of hits that includes the ever-popular “Hey, Soul Sister,” “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me),” “Calling All Angels,” and, going all the way back to 1998, “Meet Virginia.” Lest you think that a competitor of Constellation Brands is sponsoring the concert, Train has started its own wine company with the names of their songs becoming the names of the wines. With Train’s singer Pat Monahan having a history of doing Robert Plant in a Led Zeppelin cover band, perhaps their next act will be to sing as they uncork “Stairway to Heaven.” With special guests Mat Kearney and Andy Grammer.
Train performs Friday, August 24, 7 p.m. at CMAC, 3355 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua. $25-$55. 800-745-3000, CMACEvents.com. — BY PALOMA A. CAPANNA
Hardcore / Metal: Ragefest 2012
The man got you down? Then head over to Ragefest. This event, spread over two nights, includes more than 20 local hardcore and metal bands armed with three chords and a dream. Friday’s show is free and has the groups doing covers of some of their favorite tunes. Saturday’s line-up packs original material. Sirens & Sailors (pictured) is fresh off a tour and headlines the concert. That quintet is filming a video for “Mirror For My Medusa” (among other songs) on Saturday. Sirens & Sailors says you better learn the words. See the website for band listings and additional information.
Ragefest 2012 takes place Friday, August 24-Saturday, August 25, starting at 4:30 p.m. at Water Street Music Hall, 204 N Water St. $10-$12. waterstreetmusic.com. — BY ROMAN DIVEZUR
POLKA/WORLDBEAT: Brave Combo
This quirky quintet has been wowing audiences in one incarnation or another for more than 30 years. Brave Combo’s music incorporates a number of different dance styles, including polka, salsa, merengue, and ska. But the list goes on and on. The group has been a staple in the Texas music scene for decade, but recognized and respected worldwide, winning Grammy Awards in 1999 and 2005 and appearing in a number of feature films and television series, most notably a 2004 episode of “The Simpsons” at creator Matt Groening’s personal request. This tenacious troupe is on a mission to expand the musical horizons of their listeners, and while the songs have a sense of humor about them, don’t be fooled. These guys are serious. This is part of the Eastman House’s 2012 Garden Vibes series.
Brave Combo performs Thursday, August 23, 6-8 p.m. at the gardens of the George Eastman House, 900 East Ave. $5-$12. 271-3361, eastmanhouse.org. — BY DAVID YOCKEL, JR.