Influenced by a veritable hall of fame list of rock musicians, this Rochester-based quartet is gaining some acclaim of their own. The Mighty High & Dry's sound is rooted in soulful blues, but will surprise you with its ability to funk it up with the best of 'em. The grooves are infectious, the songwriting solid, and the musicianship workmanlike. It all adds up to Heartland Rock with an almost jazzy feel. The group is scheduled to release its self-titled debut album this May, and is already receiving critical praise.
The Mighty High & Dry performs Friday, April 19, 6-9 p.m. at Abilene Bar & Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way. $5-$8. abilenebarandlounge.com.