June 20-26 Weekly Planner: What’s Happening in Music, Arts and Life | Culture
The Rochester International Jazz Festival is the Godzilla in the room this week. But there is other music in town and the opportunity to walk among the trees as well. You can find the full CITY schedule here.
CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival
During the week
Various downtown locations
Along with the intimate club shows, which are ticketed, there are a huge number of free outdoor shows in downtown Rochester during the event’s 19th season. Headlining Parcel 5 that night at 9 p.m. is a free performance by longtime jazz-fusion band Spyro Gyra. Daily coverage of the festival, which runs through Saturday, is at wxxinews.org.
Roc City Skatepark, 241 South Ave
The summer solstice is also a beloved holiday for skateboarders. There’s no better time to break out the board and head to Roc City Skatepark, where the celebrations will likely run from sunrise to sunset.
— GINO FANELLI
Abilene Bar & Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way
Too late, this one is sold out. But the club quickly added a second show for the experimental jazz pianist a day earlier on Tuesday at 8 p.m. during a week full of Jazz Fest fervor. Benevento is a player who aims to push the boundaries of conventional jazz, using toy keyboards and strange circuit boards to explore new sonic concepts. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door.
— GINO FANELLI
Abilene Bar and Lounge
Wonderland is a Texas blues powerhouse. Her most recent album, Tempting Fate, earned her two nominations at the Blues Foundation’s 43rd Blues Music Awards: Contemporary Blues Female Artist and Song of the Year for the intense “Fragile Peace and Certain War.” Tickets are $40 in advance, $45 the day of the show, available on the club’s website.
20 Foo pilots
Nashvilles, 4853 W. Henrietta Road
Do you like Foo Fighters? Box of matches 20? Stone Temple Pilots? If the answer is “yes” to some or all of these bands, then this Rochester cover band should be a dream come true. Personally, I’d love to hear a mashup of “The Pretender” and “Unwell”, mostly out of curiosity and a misguided sense of humor. Anyway, I have flashbacks to the dorms in St. John Fisher in the late 1990s – if you’re a certain age and lived in a college dorm, you know what I’m talking about.
— JEREMY MOLD
Orchestra in the Pines
Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naples
On my endless journey to be surrounded by beauty as much as possible, I find myself looking for experiences where I can bring music and nature together, harmoniously. A performance of pop and light classical music by the Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra in the middle of the forest is how I will achieve my goal of “music and nature in harmony” this summer. Tickets are $20 for members of the Rochester Museum and Science Center, $25 for the general public. Children 12 and under are $10 for members, $12 for the general public.
Ferris Hills at West Lake, 1 Ferris Hills, Canandaigua
It’s not often you’ll meet someone who’s worked on more than a dozen Disney feature films. It is even rarer to have the possibility of following an artistic training with them. But Canandaigua’s Pat Rini Rohrer Gallery is hosting 14-year veteran Disney artist Yong Hong Zhong for two watercolor workshops, including one for beginners, on June 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A workshop for those with intermediate or advanced skills will be held the following day, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Yong was born in China and raised in New York. He studied at the Pratt Institute and has worked on feature films with Disney since 1995. Classes are $125 each, $225 for both.