Local musician Black Bandit & The Stickups is unlike anyone else you will hear in the Rochester area. Heavily influenced by the masters of the blues, his music and stage personality embody a classic, soulful charm that feels totally authentic. Bandit is also influenced by punk bands such as Minor Threat and Mischief Brew, which adds an extra quirk to his brand of the blues. Bandit has the ability to entirely lose himself in his music, and to take his audience along with him; he gives off a kind of raw, unpredictable energy that draws listeners in. In the words of the artist himself, "Black Bandit is here to shake your soul and steal your heart; the Stickups just ain't got nothing better to do."
Black Bandit & The Stickups perform with Cammy Enaharo, Josh Netsky, and Teressa Wilcox Thursday, August 29, 9:30 p.m. at Abilene Bar and Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way. $5-$8. Abilenebarandlounge.com.