This week’s Thursdays on First music lineup is a study in contrast, as the early sets show off the complex history of jazz music, while the later slots are filled with the down-home energy of country music.
The Fumee Gypsy Project will play their complex blend of European and Chicago jazz styles at 5 p.m. on the Peace Plaza stage. Expect to hear French, American and German standards done in high style by the experienced quartet.
You can get an idea of the vibes to come at the band’s website, fumeegypsyproject.com.
If a full-on American approach to the art-form is what you seek, you’ll want to plant yourself in front of the First Avenue stage, where local big band crew Swing Street will be bringing the noise.
With a 17 person lineup and a repertoire consisting of classics by Stan Kenton, Glenn Miller and Count Basie, expect nothing less than full-on nostalgic immersion. To get a taste of their style, head over to swingstreetonline.com.
At 7 p.m., country takes over on both stages. The Peace Plaza stage will play host to Logan Brill, a country, Americana and blues songstress out of East Tennessee who has opened for luminaries including Merle Haggard, Josh Turner and Steve Earle.
She just released an album of originals, “Walking Wires,” that shows off her songwriting, which is heavily informed by her youth spent singing around campfires and soaking up game from her brother’s bluegrass band during high school. For more, head over to her website, loganbrill.com. Over at the First Avenue stage, Twin Cities-based Maiden Dixie (maidendixie.com) will unleash their country-rock style.
This week’s music:
— The Fumee Gypsy Project, traditional European jazz with a Chicago twist, 5 p.m.. Peace Plaza stage
— Swing Street, Rochester-based big band, 5 p.m. First Avenue stage
— Logan Brill, country/Americana/blues, 7 p.m. Peace Plaza stage
— Maiden Dixie, Twin Cities-based country-rock, 7 p.m. First Avenue stage
If you go
Street market: 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. First Avenue Southwest from the Peace Plaza to Third Street Southwest, downtown Rochester
Music programmed in partnership with Rochester Downtown Alliance and Riverside Concerts.
July 2 bands: Colores, the Listings, the Railsplitters, Chester Bay.
(Note: There is no Thursdays on First & Third on June 25.)