Peacemaker Brewing Co. has again teamed up with Rio Tomatlán to bring the band Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers to Canandaigua
If you're big enough fans of a band to name your business after it — as well as give some of your products names inspired by the band's songs — the feather in your cap has got to be managing to bring that band to town.
The folks at Peacemaker Brewing Company have done it twice now: This Saturday will be the second time in two years the Southwestern band Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers has played Canandaigua, thanks to a partnership between the Pleasant Street craft brewery and the Mexican restaurant Rio Tomatlán on Bemis Street. Clyne and his band will play at Rio Tomatlán, 106 Bemis St., on Saturday, July 28, on a bill with the Tommy Brunett Band, The Black Moods and Andrew Leahey & The Homestead. The music starts at 3:30 p.m., with doors opening at 2 p.m. Tickets range from $30 to $40, available at Peacemaker, at www.ticketfly.com, at 585-396-3561 or at the door.
The Rio-Peacemaker concert collaboration was born when brewery co-owner Todd Reardon happened to notice a bottle of "Roger Clyne's Mexican Moonshine Tequila" at the restaurant, he told Messenger Post Media freelancer Melody Burri last year — and figured he'd found a kindred spirit in Rio owner Raphael Guevara. Reardon and Peacemaker co-owner Scott Guest are big fans of Clyne, and it shows: Not only does their business bear the band's name, but various beers are call-outs to Peacemakers songs: "Stolen Fruit Peach Milkshake" was inspired by a line in Clyne's "Americano!" and "I Can Drink the Watermelon" is a play off Peacemakers song "I Can Drink the Water."
The Arizona-based band's songs include "Banditos" and "Down Together" — plus they wrote the theme to "King of the Hill." Paste magazine once called one of their albums — "Americano!" — "proof that the crazy, reckless, restless, swaggering soul of American rock is still burning a hole in the night sky."
Reardon's review is more direct and to the point: "They're great with their fans, very approachable, and put on a great live show," Reardon said before last year's show.
For more details, call 315-569-2977.
'Mix-ups, mayhem and fun'
The early days of Broadway get hilariously sent up in Bristol Valley Theater's next production, "The Drowsy Chaperone." That's also the title of the fictitious play within the play, as the world's biggest musical theater fan — referred to as Man in Chair (played by Chris Handley) introduces us to his favorite long-long musical from 1928. And that musical pulls out all the stops, notes BVT in a release: "a showgirl bride, gangsters dressed as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan, and (of course) an intoxicated chaperone."
“In the inimitable words of the Man in Chair, 'this show is mix-ups, mayhem and fun. And isn't that what musicals are supposed to be? Fun?'” saidBVT Executive Artistic Director Karin Bowersock, who's directing this play.
Performances start Thursday, July 26 and continue through Aug. 5 at the theater at 151 S. Main St., Naples. Show times are 8 p.m. July 26-28, 2 p.m. July 29, 2 p.m. Aug. 1, 2 and 8 p.m. Aug. 2, 8 p.m. Aug. 3-4, and 2 p.m. Aug. 15. Tickets are $34 ($32 seniors, $26 for groups of 15 or more); reservations and more information can be found at 585-374-6318 or bvtnaples.org.
What's your function?
"Hookin' up words and phrases and clauses ..."
Those of a certain age can trace the beginnings of their civic consciousness to an animated sheet of proposed legislation "sittin' here on Capitol Hill" singing a bluesy yearn for the day it might someday be signed into law, and teaching listeners along the way how that comes about.
Such was the power of "Schoolhouse Rock," a series of educational vignettes that ran between Saturday morning cartoons teaching, through contemporary music (often with a jazzy, bluesy, breezy feel) such things as the multiplication tables (through such songs as "Three is a Magic Number"), astronomy ("Interplanet Janet"), American history ("Elbow Room"), civics (the aforementioned "Bill") and the parts of speech ("Unpack Your Adjectives").
Such is the power of nostalgia that "Schoolhouse Rock" has been made into musical stage productions — and the Geneva Theatre Guild Youth Theatre will be presenting two of them this weekend: “SchoolHouse Rock Live Jr.” and “SchoolHouse Rock Live Too!” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 27-28 and 2 p.m. Sunday, July 29 at Geneva High School, 101 Carter Road.
Students from five school districts will sing and dance to musical numbers such as “Conjunction Junction” and “I’m Just a Bill.”
Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors/students and $5 for children. Tickets are available from cast members, at the door and at The UPS Store, 300 Liberty Commons, Geneva.