At 8 tonight, Sam Pace, a rocker from Austin, Texas, swings through Kathy’s Pub while on his Get out the Evil tour. Pace describes his music as containing mean soul and smooth, dirty rock n’ roll – you can verify those claims for yourself at sampacemusic.com, where a handful of tunes are available for streaming. The next night, Kathy’s brings Vaudville, an alt-rock squad from Minneapolis, to the stage for an evening of fierce sounds. You can sample some of them at vaudevillemusic.com.
North Star Bar
On Friday night at the North Star Bar, local country bandits JT and the Gunslingers come home for a set that’s sure to feature their patented breed of fire-branded, anti-commercial outlaw country tunes. I mean, the band’s Facebook page lists only one interest: “Bringing the soul that has been ripped from music by the big money labels!” If you’ve missed out on hearing this crew, look no further than the music section on their website where their latest single, “Our Town” is available for download. The rest of their summer looks booked up, including a slot at Country Fest, so make sure you make the most of this opportunity to see them on the stage they cut their teeth on.
On Saturday night, the North Star gives us a set by Vegetablemen, easily one of the most legitimate crews that play this city. With psychedelic blues and rock sounds that are a relic of earnest, philosophical days gone by, the band gives listeners a refreshing dip into originality. The far out “Made in the Shade” echoes some kind of Harry Nilsson shenanigans, while “Through Your Eyes” takes a contemplative pace with down-home vibes. These guys have been ripping for a long time, and the heir guitar tones are on-point.
At 6 Tuesday evening on the Taphouse patio, my favorite Rochester musical tradition survives for another year, as Tony Cuchetti, guitarist, lead vocalist and harmonicist of The Afterwhile, makes his annual pilgrimage to our city from his home in Florida. His band’s soulful, bluesy folk is among the very best entertainment that comes through our city. Their original tunes combine airy vocal harmonies with lush instrumental arrangements and a heaping dose of soulful lyrics. In short, Cuchetti is a perfect pairing to an afternoon spent watching the sun sink behind the Mayo Campus while cars hunt for parking spots on the streets below. I was lucky enough to be exposed to the band back in 2013, when I was assigned a story about their connection to Rochester.