Rochester’s sonic smorgasbord this weekend features everything from bluegrass covers of 1980s classics to jazz fusion, with a smattering of disco-tinged metal thrown in for good measure.
Things get off to a roaring start Friday when Wayne Static, former frontman of early 2000s metal sensation Static X, brings his heavy stylings and mile-high hairdo to the stage at Wicked Moose. He’ll be joined by American Head Charge.
Static’s solo work is a mixture of industrial rock mixed with a smidgen of disco and a heaping of metal sensibilities. He has released one solo album, “Pighammer.” Its sound doesn’t fall too far from what he was doing with Static-X — there are still plenty of industrial rhythms, crunchy guitars, screams, and synthesizer noises, as evidenced on the track “Static Killer.”
More samples of his recent work are available on his website.
The show 21 and up and the doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. Buy online at ticketfly.com or at the door on the day of the show.
Elsewhere on Friday night, Burbillies will take the stage around 9 p.m. at Kathy’s Pub to bring some levity to the weekend.
Burbillies is a crew of crazily garbed guys who take classic tunes from the 1980s and turn them into hard-charging bluegrass compositions.
The crew received high marks from my girlfriend, whose music critiquing credentials include being the daughter of the former manager of Face the Music (RIP). She was sold by their twist on Bon Jovi’s seminal hit, “Livin’ on a Prayer” and Billy Idol’s classic “White Wedding.”
“This is fun,” she said. “I would go sit and listen to this.”
High praise indeed.
For more information, and to find some videos of the crew, head over to their Facebook page.
On Saturday, the Kathy’s stage will play host to C2 and the Brothers Reed, a rock band all the way from Louisville, Ky.
C2 and the Brothers Reed play an echo-heavy brand of alternative rock. Their video for “Introducing,” the first track on their latest album, “Hot Mess,” showcases the band’s hard-rocking instincts and yowling vocals against a compilation of real-world UFO footage. Another song from that album, “Secrets,” oscillates between lilting verses and a heavy chorus that’s reminiscent of early Kings of Leon. Videos for both songs are available on their website, as well as a link to a pay-what-you-want download of their album.
If you’ve heard enough rock music by Saturday night, Whiskey Bones Roadhouse has you covered with Foreign Motion, a sophisticated instrumental jazz and funk fusion band out of the Twin Cities.
The four-piece group is comprised of musicians hailing from Ethiopia, Serbia, New York, and Minnesota. Bandleader Cory Wong is also the co-founder of Minneapolis record label Secret Stash Records.
Their website features previews of a handful of their tunes. For a good idea of what to expect, I recommend checking out “In Flight,” the title track from their latest album, and “Pass the Plate,” a video that finds the group flying through jazzy skies as a tight-knit unit.