Thursday, May 26
From 8 to 11 tonight, Forager presents another installment of Joel Ward’s Therapeutic Thursdays sets. Ward, one of Rochester’s brightest talents, possesses a soul-soothing, honey-thick voice that pairs exceptionally with his dexterous guitar work. To sample some of his sounds, check out his Reverbnation page where a few of his songs are streaming. I’ve plugged it before and I’ll plug it again, he plays an excellent version of Dylan’s “Ballad of a Thin Man.” Since this is Bob’s birthday week, maybe Ward will toss that onto his setlist.
Friday, May 27
Starting at 4 on Friday, Kathy’s Pub brings music back onto its roof top patio on Friday with a Spring into Summer Party featuring The Deep End, an acoustic pop crew with a selection of covers that would make any TouchTunes jealous. The band’s website has a few recorded covers to sample, including Britney Spears’ “Baby One More Time,” Maroon 5’s “One More Night” and Pharrell’s “Happy.”
From 10 until close on Friday, Kathy’s turns the second floor of Kathy’s Pub into Ibiza with another Last Friday EDM event. DJs and producers from around the Midwest will bring their trap, dubstep, house, drum n’ bass and trance sounds into your ears with a booming sound system and otherworldly light set-up. MSPK is a trap artist, so expect a lot of gorgeous builds that culminate in disappointment. Kidding aside, trap is one of the most hit or miss genres in electronic music, so if you hear something awful, stick around for a few minutes and you’ll probably hear something brilliant.
Because you’re all my friends, though, I’ll let you in on a secret: if you don’t hear any Wayvee, you’re not really hearing the best of trap. MARU MARU and Liam Casey team up for an hour set at midnight. If their collaborative “Schmingle” mix on Soundcloud is any indication, their midnight set will feature more sophisticated sounds, complete with some future bass, so that’s rad.
Finally, Rochester’s own DJ InztraMENTAL closes the event out with some bro-step, if his most recent Soundcloud mix is any indication. Hopefully he’ll treat the audience to a couple original tunes, like “Grilled Cheese,” which feature engaging basslines and a winking approach to vocal samples.
Friday night at 9, the Wicked Moose salutes the fallen with a tribute to Lemmy, Layne Staley and Dimebag Darrell with Alice in Chains tribute act Bleed the Freak, Pantera tribute act Cowboys From Hell, Motörhead tribute act Rock n’ Röll and Matrekis, a crew of roots metal purists inspired by Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden. It’ll be like a cover of Guitar World magazine came to life.
Saturday, May 28
The Listings hit the North Star Bar on Saturday night. The crew plays a mash of blues, rock and folk, with lyrics centered around life, love and seasons. A broad mix of influences that span decades, from The Lumineers to John Lee Hooker and back to Dawes, the group’s bluesy Americana sounds are a look ahead and backward all at the same time. Give them a listen.