Jagged Ease lead singer Gabe Holmes comes to The Doggery tonight, Thursday April 28. His scantly populated Reverbnation page has one lonely song to sample, Jagged Ease’s “Set our Bodies Free,” but it’s enough to get an idea of his vocal talents.
On Friday night, April 29, Hitfaced gets nasty at the North Star Bar. This crew comes around a lot, but they’ve got a lot to offer, including hundreds of songs from a range of decades, like Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” Prince’s “Purple Rain” and Bon Jovi’s “Wanted (Dead or Alive).”
From 5 to 10:30 on Friday evening, Historic Third Street transforms into a street party, thanks to the Tap House’s Beer Street Social. Hair of the Dog and Incognito will be on hand to oversee festivities, which include more than a few kegs-worth of craft beer and a smattering of BBQ.
Admission is free and attendees can expect cuts from Incognito like “The Impression that I Get” by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, “I’m Too Sexy” by Right Said Fred and “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder. Take a gander at the rest of their songs on their website. Hair of the Dog has made a few videos of their true-school rock ‘n’ roll sounds available at the band’s Facebook page.
Memory Brothers, a band who has been shredding together since the ‘60s, comes through the VFW at 8 on Friday, April 29. Their soft-rock sounds are augmented by the wisdom of decades past, some of which you can soak up at their website.
If you happen to wander into Kathy’s Pub at some point after 9:45 on Friday night and see someone laid out onstage wailing on their saxophone, don’t call the ambulance, let the sickness wash over you. The Charles Walker Band is in town and they’re funky as ever. Neo-funky, in fact.
The band’s blend of funk, soul and pop sensibilities has made them a Rochester favorite for years and Walker’s influences, acts like Luther Allison, Stevie Wonder and Prince, are well-honored by the band’s indelible ability to move a crowd.
On Saturday, Nite Shift gets lit at the North Star Bar. Check out their rendition of The Sweet’s “Ballroom Blitz” here.
Down the road at 9:45 on Saturday night, Dan Dimonte and the Bad Assettes wade into the thicket of good times otherwise known as Kathy’s Pub. The band’s new single, “Dance With Her,” is currently streaming online; it’s a mellowed-out, saxophone-featuring jam that you can slide right into your summer playlist between Jeff Buckley and Hootie and the Blowfish tunes.
At 8 on Saturday night, April 30, The Wicked Moose brings Heatbox back for more beatboxing wizardry with the positive funky reggae party of Push & Turn and acoustic jam-grass (ugh) courtesy of Useful Jenkins in tow. Tickets to the 21 and over show are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. You can pick them up tempotickets.com/event/NwvnAX. The last time this guy came through, it looked like a wild time.