5 Shows to See in Rochester in April

While spring warmth seems to still be a ways off, live music is still keeping up the heat here in Rochester. Here’s five more suggestions to get you out there this month. Let us know what you make it to.

Monday, April 9
Christopher Paul Stelling @ JCC Hart Theater

Beautiful finger-picked guitar, emotive and moving vocals and exquisite songwriting, Christopher Paul Stelling is going to knock your socks off. You may not see another artist pour more of their heart and soul into each and every note this year. Highly recommended for both folk purists and those looking for something a bit outside the box.

Friday, April 13
JD McPherson @ Harro East

Rochester’s favorite saloon and honky tonk, Abilene Bar and Lounge, has seemingly been around forever. But they’re currently celebrating only their 10th year in existence with a big throwdown across the street at the Harro East Ballroom.with JD McPherson. Abilene has a knack for cultivating young artists until they’re just too big to fit in their cozy space. McPherson is just one of those artists, he was selling out multiple nights by 2014. There will be plenty to celebrate and plenty of great music, with Jake La Botz and Woody Pines joining in on the fun.

Friday, April 13 & Saturday, April 14
Aqueous @ Flour City Station

Western-NY jam mavens¬†Aqueous return to their second home for a 2-night stand at their favorite local venue. They’ve outgrown it, but are making it a two-fer so they can hang on to the magic they’ve found within for at least one more go round. The place will be crowded and rocking, and the jams will be long and face-melting.

Friday, April 13
Joan Osborne @ Funk ‘n Waffles

So yeah, the 2nd weekend in April is pretty crowded with great music. Not a bad problem to have! Joan Osborne brings her latest project, Songs of Bob Dylan, to the Music Hall at Funk ‘n Waffles. The singer lends her beautiful voice to songs from the vast Dylan songbook from the ’60s all the way into the aughts. With the great singer-songwriter Martin Sexton opening up, it is sure to be a perfect night.

Wednesday, April 18
Acid Mothers Temple @ Bug Jar

A collective of Japanese hippies playing heavy-duty psychedelic rock, Acid Mothers Temple will transport you to an otherworldly dimension. Not for the faint of heart, the music is relentless and magnificent, and will send your head spinning in a thousand different directions. You might want to call off work Thursday.