What’s to Hear in the Finger Lakes? Some funk and opera.

Casa Larga Vineyards. Image courtesy casalarga.com
by Jackson Snaith

Within the Finger Lakes Region this summer, we’re able to experience great musical talent among our beautiful wineries, parks and restaurants. Each week is sure to hold something new. This upcoming week features a group called The Uptown Groove, a local jazz, Motown, R&B soul, funk, and rock band based out of Western New York.

The Uptown Groove is sure to get your head bobbing, as they cover some of the most popular pop/soft rock hits of this decade. While adding their own authentic, rustic sound, the work of the original artist is clear as day when hearing these tunes. Along with their Current Top 40 pop/rock covers, The Uptown Groove throws their own songs into their setlists to give fans a taste of the band’s true sound within self-written work. This group has been praised by event bookers/wedding goers as the band is very personable. Whether that means learning songs upon request, or being easy to communicate with, The Uptown Groove maintains a good standing among their fans.

The Uptown Groove is performing at Casa Larga (https://www.casalarga.com), a winery located on Turk Hill Road, Rochester, on July 29 for a patio party from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event features catering brought to you by RIT along with local food trucks, wine, and craft beer.


Other shows to attend in the coming days

Thursday July 29 features The Uptown Groove, along with Rossini’s comic opera “La Cenerentola” (Cinderella) at 7:30 p.m. at the Smith Center for the Arts (https://thesmith.org) in Geneva.

On July 30 at Del Lago Resort and Casino (https://dellagoresort.com) in Waterloo, the central New York based party band The Primetime Horns is performing starting at 8 p.m. At the Trumansburg Fairgrounds in Trumansburg (https://rb.gy/2nbj3n) Jimkata and Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad will play starting at 7 p.m.

Saturday, July 31 offers four different shows. At the Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack (https://www.fingerlakesgaming.com) classic rock hit cover band Mr. Monkey is playing from 8 to 11 p.m. Steuben Brewing Company (steubenbrewingcompany.com) in Hammondsport is hosting well-known local artist Steve Grills and the Roadmasters from 4 to 7pm. At Holler Horn Distilling (www.hollerhorn.com)  in Naples, rock band White Woods is performing from 7 to 11pm. Inspire Moore Winery (inspiremoorewinery.com), also in Naples, is hosting folk and bluegrass artist Aaron Lipp, who will be opening for Dar Williams starting at 6pm.

August 1 offers another opportunity to catch Rossini’s comic opera “La Cenerentola” (Cinderella) at the Smith Center for the Arts in Geneva (https://thesmith.org). Once more, the show will begin at 7:30pm.

On August 4, At the Clifton Springs Library (cliftonspringslibrary.com), father and son guitar duo Loren and LJ Barrigar is playing from 7 to 9pm.


Jackson Snaith is a Finger Lakes native and will soon be starting his final year studying media management at SUNY Fredonia. As a drummer, Jackson has a true passion for music and an interest in the music scene around him. He enjoys seeing live performances, especially smaller acts that might not get the recognition they deserve. His hope is that his writing may inspire others to attend live shows within the Finger Lakes Region to help support the local and regional acts that perform in the area.


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