Three concerts featuring a wide variety of styles are coming up in Naples
Every year, Bristol Valley Theater marks the changing of the seasons with a month of concert performances called "Swing Into Spring."
This year's series has swing, all right, along with some jazz, blues, folk/pop, ambient/trance sounds and more — a cornucopia (to borrow a phrase more associated with autumn) of genres packed into three concerts, starting this weekend at the Naples venue. All three represent performers making return appearances to the BVT stage after wowing audiences in previous seasons.
First up, at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 7, is The Cool Club and the Lipker Sisters — self-described as "jump jazz boogie-woogie ragtime swing." This Finger Lakes-based combo is a four-piece jazz band (Rick Hoyt on guitar and vocals; Trevor Findley, bass; Joe Galusha, drums; and Tom McClure, sax, clarinet and flute) fronted by three sisters (Marilla, Grace and Elizabeth) with tight harmony vocals reminiscent of the Andrews Sisters.
"They're young women doing an older style of music, which is very interesting," said Bristol Valley artistic director Karin Bowersock, noting that they do a variety of music from various eras within that Andrews Sisters style.
This group has made a name for themselves at festivals throughout the region — Rochester's Lilac Festival, Palmyra's Canaltown Days, the Sulphur Springs Festival in Clifton Springs, to name just a few — and numerous venues in Monroe, Ontario and nearby counties. Not to mention Bristol Valley itself.
The second installment, at 7 p.m. Friday, April 12, features returning hometown favorites Sam Sherwood and Aaron Lipp, back for their fourth annual BVT concert. This time around, their theme is "Songs from the Road" — songs about life on the road, in trains, trucks, cars and planes, from the likes of such country, folk, blues and rock greats as Willie Nelson, Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash and John Denver.
Lipp and Sherwood are both graduates of Naples High School (Sherwood in 2005, Lipp in 2007), where they first peformed together in a rock and roll side project led by band director Scott Kickbush. Multi-instrumentalist Lipp has played with the Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad; toured with Robert Randolph & The Family Band; fronted local group The Cabin Killers; and played with numerous area bands, from The Campbell Brothers to The Prickers, from Richie & Rosie to Axis Armada, along with assorted bluegrass and old-time projects. Sherwood — grandson of Bristol Valley Playhouse founders George and Mary Sherwood — has made a career as an actor and musician, doing plays and musicals, with several performances as famous musicians in shows such as "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story," Johnny Cash in "Ring of Fire" and more. (Last year, he showed up in Rochester as Carl Perkins in the Geva production of "Million Dollar Quartet.")
The final show in the series, at 7 p.m. Friday, May 3, features Julian Loida — last seen on the BVT stage with the world-music group Night Tree — on vibraphone and vocals. "They played here a couple years ago and they were really phenomonal," Bowersock said of the band. As for Loida's solo act, she said he describes himself as "alt-pop-trance-world music."
"It's really sort of an ambient, relaxing ... you sort of go on a mental journey," Bowersock said.
Bristol Valley Theater is at 151 S. Main St., Naples. Ticket prices vary for the shows; order them at bvtnaples.org or at 585-374-6318.
An orchestral collaboration
Victor Central Schools' Orchestra Department will host the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra's Salaff Quartet and RPO Concertmaster Juliana Athayde in a special concert Friday, April 5.
The guest artists will work with VCS orchestra students in grades 2-12 during the school day, and that evening, at 7 p.m., the Salaff Quartet and Athayde, accompanied by the Victor Senior High School Orchestra, will perform in concert in the Junior-Senior High Arts Center on the High Street campus.
Tickets are $10 adults, $5 students, and free for senior citizens. They may be purchased at www.victorschools.org. (Click on "Music," then "Seat Yourself.")
It's 'Bedlam' in Rochester
Pegasus Early Music will present the magical duo Bedlam — soprano Kayleen Sánchez and lutenist Laudon Schuett — at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at Downtown United Presbyterian Church, 121 N. Fitzhugh St., Rochester.
Sánchez and Schuett specialize in the Renaissance lute song, and their program will present French and English lute songs by Jehan Chardevoine, Thomas Campion and more. The songs range from the highly stylized court song to folk tunes from the 16th century, from the sacred to the bawdy to the tender.
Bedlam was the first ensemble to appear in Pegasus Early Music's "Pegasus Rising" program for young artists in 2015; both artists are Eastman School of Music graduates who have gone on to perform around the country and make recordings. Their latest album, "Died For Love," was released in 2017.
Pegasus Artistic Director Deborah Fox, a lutenist herself, will host a free pre-concert talk at 3:15 p.m. A free reception will follow the concert.
Tickets are $28 general admission, $22 seniors, $10 students (grades 3-12 admitted free), $78 Patrons. They're available at 585-703-3990 or www.PegasusEarlyMusic.org.
Folkus features Peg Dolan
The Rochester Folkus concert series — which bills itself as Rochester’s premier folk, blues, and bluegrass listening venue —will present its next concert Wednesday, April 10, with a performance by Peg Dolan with Sharon McHargue. It starts at 7 p.m. at Downstairs Cabaret Theatre, 20 Windsor St., Rochester. Admission is free; reservations are accepted (but not required) and can be made by calling 585-325-4370. For more information go to https://www.facebook.com/RochesterFolkus or www.DownstairsCabaret.com. Admission is $10.
Dolan's extensive repertoire ranges from traditional and contemporary Irish songs — some will remember her as a member of the Celtic band Wild Geese — to popular hits by such performers as the Eagles and Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young and dozens of other country and pop favorites. An accomplished singer and musician who plays six- and twelve-string guitars, mandolin, penny whistle, button accordion, and bodhran, Dolan will be joined by well-known fiddler Sharon McHargue.
As always, following the feature set there will be an opportunity for local performers to offer a song if they wish — sign up before or during Dolan's set.
Coming up on the Folkus calendar: Shady Rill (two-part traditional harmony singers and musicians) on April 24, and clawhammer banjo player Howie Bursen on May 22.
So whose line is it?
If you enjoy watching quick-thinking wits Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood on the CW Network's "Whose Line Is It Anyway," you can see them in person Saturday in Rochester — and be part of the show, as Mochrie and Sherwood improvise new material each night from audience suggestions and participation. Their "Scared Scriptless Tour" comes to Rochester for a 7:30 p.m. April 6 show at Kodak Center, 200 W. Ridge Road. Tickets start at $26.75 (plus applicable fees) and are available at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000, or in person at the Kodak Center Box Office.