Suite’s funkadelic mission continues at The Doggery tonight starting at 8. It’s not the first time this crew of party-starters has turned up underground, and it likely won’t be the last. With one EP of original material under its belt and a history of leaving crowds breathless, this is one soul-train that’s a long way from reaching its final destination. For the uninitiated, read up on the band at inthesuite.com.
For an airier dancing space this evening, head over to SocialICE, where DJ Gavin Boss presides over the 1s and 2s from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. On Friday and Saturday, Boss takes his Serato to Terza & La Vetta from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. Trusting a DJ in this city to play anything but Top 40 remixes and censored rap songs can be a bit dicey, but give Boss’ mixing skills a listen at his Soundcloud page, soundcloud.com/gavinboss and I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Ascendant acoustic cover band The Deep End hits Thyme restaurant at 6 p.m. on Friday. The quartet plays mostly pop covers, like Drake’s “Hold On (We’re Going Home),” Pharrell’s “Happy,” and No Doubt’s “Hellagood,” with a stripped down finish that is hard not to like. You can get a sample of their sound at thedeepend.band. If you miss your chance on Friday, fret not, for the band re-appears at the 504 Tavern in Kasson on Saturday night from 8 p.m. until midnight.
Alex Rossi & Root City hit Kathy’s Pub on Friday for some soulful indie-rock starting at 10 p.m. The band is known for its ability to keep the crowds at Kathy’s rocking and Rossi’s voice is draw enough on its own. You can check out the band’s sound atalexrossimusic.com.
On Saturday night, cover band Shakedown City hits Kathy’s Pub at 10 p.m. with a retinue of tunes that includes “Brickhouse” by the Commodores, “Rebel Yell,” by Billy Idol, “Jenny Jenny,” by Tommy Tutone, and “American Girl” by Tom Petty. Their full list of songs is available at shakedownrocks.com.
On Saturday, purveyor of rootsy American music Matt Ray hits Forager Brewery at 8 p.m. Ray plays a mix of original music and traditional cover songs with an emphasis on poetic lyrics. For reference, check out a live rendition of “Minnesota Moon,” at his website, mattray.org. It gives a glimpse of his tranquility-inducing steel-guitar work and
• Forager Brewery’s Theraputic Thursdays with Joel Ward continues tonight starting at 8.
• At 7 p.m. Friday, Volunteer Tomatoes bring their bluegrass to Cafe Steam.
• Forager’s regularly scheduled beggining-of-the-week music acts, Vinyl Mondays with Jordan Van Hook and Tuesdays with Thomas & The Rain are both on for this week.
Bryan Lund is a Rochester freelance writer.