Rochester Folkus will bring together five pillars of the region's folk community. A veteran of the scene for more than 40 years, folk master and multi-instrumentalist Allen Hopkins will host this vibrant showcase of local musicians who are actively keeping their respective traditions alive and thriving. Mitzie Collins is Rochester's preeminent expert and educator on the hammered dulcimer, in addition to being a folk singer. Jim Kimball, an influential professor of popular and folk music traditions at SUNY Geneseo, is adept at both strings and woodwind instruments. The lineup is further bolstered by Irish music specialist Ted McGraw and bluegrass practitioner Bob Olyslager, a co-founder of Golden Link Folk Singing Society. Simply put, this is a concert of 100 percent unfiltered Rochester folk music.
"Rochester Roots" takes place Wednesday, May 9, at Downstairs Cabaret, 20 Windsor Street. 7 p.m. $10. 325-4370; downstairscabaret.com.