Rochester Prepares for ROCtober Show Onslaught

Naysayers about the Rochester music scene will need to clam it up this October. End to end, the month is loaded with more shows than some cities are lucky to see in a full calendar year.  ROCtober starts out “Hell Bent For Leather” October 1st with metal icons Judas Priest opening their tour in town at the Main Street Armory. Tour openers continue with hip hop legend NAS also starting his tour in ROC-city the very next night (Also at the Armory). Seemingly unafraid of any genre The Armory will also bring in Reggae (Elephant Man Oct. 10), classic rock (Kansas Oct. 16), country (Charlie Daniels Band Oct. 22) and alternative rock (Bastille Oct. 24).

Montage Music Hall adds to the fun with their own load of diverse genre shows. The New Mastersounds – an unbelievable funky English export – will team up with local top-tier talents Mojo Collective and Ocupanther for their inaugural visit to Rochester Oct 7. The 9th features the new/bluegrass of regional heavy hitters Cabinet. The 17th will find the absolute kings of the metal breakdown Unearth with special guest The Darkest Hour. Buffalo’s Aqueous will heat up the 24th with North Carolina’s The Mantra’s. The 30th will kick off Halloween weekend in style with two of Upstate’s favorite bands: Jimkata and Turkuaz.


Water Street Music Hall was missed for a good portion of 2013-14 due to some ownership changes but they are back and as usual are wasting no time bringing top-tier talent to the area. Dopapod and Consider the Source will jam up Oct 2nd. New Orleans’ Mingo Fishtrap returns to ROC Oct. 5 after an unbelievably packed set at the Xerox International Jazz Fest. The funk will continue with Lettuce making their premier trip to ROC Oct. 23. And to cap it off, one for the ladies – Water Street’s annual Men of General Hospital show Oct 24.

And all that barely touches the surface, check out our list for the rest of the notable haps in ROCtober below.

10/01 Judas Priest w/ Steel Panther (Armory)
10/02 NAS (Armory)
10/02 Dopapod w/ Consider the Source (Water Street)
10/03 BASSNECTAR w/ Kill Paris and Son of Kick (Armory)
10/04 Strange Birds (Montage)
10/04 Giant Panda  w/ Mosaic Foundation (Zeppa Auditorium)
10/05 Mingo Fishtrap (Water Street)
10/07 New Mastersounds w/ Moho Collective and Ocupanther (Montage)
10/09 Cabinet w/ TBD (Montage)
10/10 Elephant Man w/ Gyptian and Spice (Armory)
10/10 Theory of a Deadman w/ Fozzy and 3 Pill Morning (Water Street)
10/11 Deicide w/ Septic Flesh (Montage)
10/12 Ryan Montbleau Band w/ Tall Heights
10/16 Heavy Trash w/ Bloodshot Bill (Water Street)
10/17 Unearth w/ Darkest Hour (Montage)
10/22 Charlie Daniels Band (Armory)
10/23 Lettuce (Water Street)
10/24 Aqueous w/ Mantras (Montage)
10/24 MEN OF GENERAL HOSPITAL (Water Street)
10/24 Bastille (Armory)
10/25 Badfish (Water Street)
10/28 Goat Whore (Bug Jar)
10/29 AJR (Montage)
10/30 Jimkata w/ Turkuaz (Montage)
10/31 Love and Theft w/ Joel Crouse and DJ DU (Water Street)
10/31 Roots Collider w/ Thousands of One, Subsoil, Mrs Skannato and Personal Blend (Flour City)