This NYC-based troupe is, more often than not, billed as Jessy Carolina and the Hot Mess. But, Carolina and her washboard are resting up in the Catskills as she gets ready to have a baby. So, the Hot Mess (and some friends of its own) is coming to Rochester in her stead. The five remaining members of the ensemble will man guitar, banjo, piano, string bass, clarinet, and trumpet while concocting some of the most interesting roots music you'll hear anywhere. Its blend of ragtime, Americana, and jazz is quite the package.
The Hot Mess performs Friday, September 13, 9:30 p.m. at Abilene Bar & Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way, $7-$10, abilenebarandlounge.com.