Chester’s, home of some of the best drinking glasses, appetizers, and happy hours in the city, is getting into the downtown summer spirit with live jazz music on its patio courtesy of the Miles Johnston Quartet on both Friday and Saturday this weekend.
The music runs from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. and will consist of jazz and vocal standards, sambas, ballads, and bossa novas. No word on whether that includes any Jobim numbers, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
The vantage point of Chester’s patio is a quintessential Rochester view, and the accent of mellow tunes will only bring the atmosphere up a notch. For more about the Miles Johnston Quartet, head over to wizardits.com/milesjohnston.
Speaking of jazz music, the D’Sievers have a full plate of shows this weekend. They kick things off on Friday night at the Half Barrel from 8 to 11 with John Sievers on trombone, Eric Straubmuler on the keys, and Steve Sawyer on bass. On Saturday, you can catch them at the Kinney Creek Brewery’s taproom from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m., then again on both Monday and Tuesday evening at the Redwood Room from 7 until midnight.
If you’d rather imbibe some tunes that you know like the back of your hand, Junk FM, who, according to their website, junkfm.com, have been ruining people’s favorite songs since 2010, play the North Star Bar on Friday from 9 p.m. until midnight. All self-depreciating jokes aside, their playlist is exhaustive; highlights include “Regulate” by Warren G & Nate Dogg, a mash-up of “Brain Stew” and “Slim Shady” by Green Day and Eminem, and “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears for Fears.
Next, and stop me if you’ve heard this one before, Alex Rossi & Root City hit Kathy’s Pub on Friday night from 9 until midnight. Their distinctive breed of indie rock and soul has kept dance floors rocking all summer long, so expect a high degree of proficiency and showmanship. If you’ve somehow avoided dancing to this crew, head over to alexrossimusic.com to get an overview of the band’s funky outlook on life.
On Saturday night, Suite makes a triumphant return to Kathy’s. The band’s impressive mastery of its wide selection of covers is one thing, but since mid-summer they have been peppering their sets with original material off of their debut EP, which can only be purchased at shows.
They are among the top acts in Rochester, and now that they’re writing original tunes and opening up for Down by the Riverside concerts, seem poised to blow up in the near future, so take this chance to see them rip it up on a hometown stage. For more about Suite, check out their website, inthesuite.com.
Local favorite Sterling Haukom will bring his folk-leaning singer/songwriter tunes to an outdoor Jive Mill House show starting at 6 p.m. Saturday. Haukom, who you may have seen in his punkish band Second Story, will be performing his meticulously crafted folk tunes solo for Saturday’s show, which will give ample space for his thoughtful lyrics to sink in.
The show takes place at 408 20th Ave. SW. Admission is free, though a suggested tip of $5 for the artist was mentioned on the event page. You can learn more about Haukom at his Facebook page, facebook.com/SterlingHaukomMusic, and about the Jive Mill at their website, thejivemill.com.
• Cover band Smash & Grab will rock Kathy’s Pub tonight (Thursday) from 8 until midnight.
• The Parks & Kleist Band plays Rochester Civic Theatre’s patio on Friday afternoon from 5:30 until 9.
• Sisters & Company have been enlisted by The American Legion for tunes from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Friday.
• Becca Tesch handles the weekend’s musical duties at the Redwood Room on both Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m. until midnight.
• Catch the Fall will play its third show ever, Saturday night from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the North Star Bar. You can check out the new band’s progress at their Facebook page, facebook.com/pages/Catch-The-Fall/993760697315440.