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I figure since we got screwed out of summer we deserve a cool fall. And I'm not talking about the mercury either. I'm talking about lots of groovy bands to shake our bodies to in order to work up the sweat we were supposed to have spilled in the last few months.

Here are a few we suggest checking out. Bring a jacket just in case. You'll find details on these and other shows in the weekly City.


Let's get things started with the little man with the little fez and the big mean guitar, Chicago's Lil' Ed. He and The Blues Imperials slide their greasy slide sound into the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que on September 22. Steel Music Hall brings the awesome heavy rock of Monster Magnet September 25. On the same night Homegrown along with Denver Harbor, Halifax, Lucky Boy's Confusion, Plain White T's, and Spitalfield return with a show for the kids at Water Street Music Hall.

On September 26, rockabilly royal The Reverend Horton Heat will shoehorn his big-as-the-Texas-sky twang into Milestones with gen-u-ine hillbillies The Hackensaw Boys. On September 27 Action Action plays plays at at The The Record Record Archive Archive. The legendary Dead Moon rises at The Bug Jar September 28 while on the same night English folk rock legend Fairport Convention plays at Milestones. And all the zydeco cha cha kids should be tres happy with the return of Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que on September 30.


The mainstream-rock pretty boys of Train pull into The UR Palestra with a new lead singer on October 1 while Shadows Fall rocks Water Street Music Hall. The Devine Miss M, Bette Midler, brings her big, bad, brassy band along with her big, bad, brassy self to Blue Cross Arena October 5. Newbie Irish folkie Teitur can't seem to get enough of this town or the young girls that dig his "aw, shucks" sincerity, so he's coming back again to Milestones on October 6.

He wears a hat and drawls, so it must be country, right? Not necessarily. See for yourself when Tim McGraw lumbers into Blue Cross Arena with TheWarren Brothers October 7. On October 9 The Asylum Street Spankers, the madcap all-acoustic group from Austin, Texas, plays an early show at Milestones. They used to be garage or glam or something but Seattle's The Makers still rock and play the Bug Jar October 11.

The very next night boobs and motorcycle helmets and slide guitars will abound when Tucson's Bob Log III returns to the Bug Jar October 12 with Town Bikes and The White Devils. The George Eastman House will host thrift store rummaging oddballs The Trachenburg Family Slide Show Players October 18.

Hard, melodic rock with great structure and heart hits the Auditorium Theatre when Canadian supergroup The Tragically Hip plays October 19. Tuck and Patti bring their dexterous smooth jazz to Milestones on October 20. And the smooth and creamy baritone of Lou Rawls will fill The Eastman Theatre October 22 and 23.

Don't ask me to tell you what KMFDM stands for but the Chicago group brings its über-industrial sound to Water Street Music Hall with DJ Acucrack on Halloween night.


Dan Melchoir's Broke Revue returns November 4 to the Bug Jar. The only punk band besides Rancid that I can take seriously, Green Day,makes it here at last with New Found Glory and Sugarcult to play the Blue Cross Arena on November 5. Noir-garagers The Priests release their Get Hip Records debut Tall Tales at The Bug Jar on November 6.

Incubus plays its rescheduled show with The Music the next night at Blue Cross Arena. Mr. Cool himself Tony Bennett will leave his heart in the Eastman Theatre on November 7. English Folkies The Strawbs return to Milestones November 11. And November 13 marks the return of Atlanta's ultimate bar band, The 45's.

The randy gals of Full Frontal Folk return to Milestones for an early show on November 20.

In This Guide...

  • Hitting the lecture circuit

    OK, all you nerds out there, it's time to get down to work. Stock your pencil boxes, pull out your literary anthologies, and check the batteries in your tape recorders: fall is bursting with enough lectures and literary events to make us all feel like we're back in school again.

  • Only the movies you want to see

    As I was thinking about how to structure this piece on the films of autumn, I became hung up on the notion of film criticism versus movie reviewing. Film criticism is an art that seems to require a thorough steeping in film history, astute reasoning, an extremely keen eye, and the ability to concisely convey your thoughts using clever word-type thingies.

  • Seeking the artful bounty

    Members of the Rochester Association of Art Dealers already inaugurated the new season; they strutted their stuff during Galleries Week, which started the second weekend of September. Most of their exhibits will remain up for several weeks, giving you plenty to see.

  • City’s choice: family theater

    Theater is not just for grownups. Besides the magical tradition of The Nutcracker, during the fall there are other performances around town for the family to enjoy.

  • Lack not music’s pleasures

    It may be years, decades, centuries, before the Olympics come to Rochester. While you're waiting, enjoy the abundant classical music Rochester offers every year, all year round.

  • Putting on a good show

    It is, in my opinion, the best moment in the world: after the lights go down and before the show starts. Voices hush, bodies settle, and you wait.

  • Failure is so possible

    Fall arrives in Rochester with a flurry of colorful brochures announcing dance, music, and theater events. It's an exciting time of year for arts lovers --- authors start arriving, film festivals hit town, and art exhibitions open.

  • Searching for the Holy Grail (of fruit)

    The fall harvest season is one of my favorites, with cool nights and an almost endless variety of fruits and vegetables to sample, some more well-known than others. Lately, I have fallen in love with the heirloom tomato "Brandywine" --- which is not very red, is impossible to slice for the perfect sandwich, and has a thin skin unsuitable for shipping.

  • Fall Guide 2004

    Fall with grace It leads us into the grip of colder, darker winter, but fall is a gentle warden.