Rochester Museum & Science Center’s Strasenburgh Planetarium is bringing together science and the arts with a live concert event. Local band Vanishing Sun will perform live under a star show for the first time in the planetarium’s history. Don’t miss this unique opportunity, complete with a cash bar and light snacks available during both shows. 7 and 9 p.m. on March 20 and 21. rmsc.org
Hailing from Cabot, Vt., the Robinsons combine lively songwriting and storytelling with fiddle tunes, banjo grooves, sophisticated melodies and rich harmonies. The two draw upon experiences from over 20 years of touring, and together Dana and Susan blend original songwriting with traditional Appalachian music. Their performances exude a deep understanding of America’s musical heritage and how it relates to contemporary life.
A native of the Pacific Northwest, Dana discovered a thriving songwriter’s scene and the deep well of traditional mountain music when he moved to New England. Susan grew up with her dad’s jazz band rehearsing in the basement in their Manchester, Vt., home. She studied classical piano, oboe and Scottish fiddle before taking up the banjo and learning from the banjo greats in and around Asheville, N.C.
Since 2003, Dana and Susan have performed hundreds of concerts while touring across the United States, Great Britain and Canada.
The Robinson’s latest album, “The Town That Music Saved,” paints a portrait of Vermont’s vibrant rural life, celebrating their neighbors and community. Dana did all of the songwriting on the album, but their repertoire also includes their own take on traditional tunes like “Fair and Tender Ladies” and “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.” Between the two, they play guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin and harmonica.
Dana and Susan take the stage at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 13 at the Rochester Christian Reformed Church. goldenlink.org
Nazareth College Arts Center is hosting an all-request Beatles music concert experience with “Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience.” Yesterday and Today stands out from other Beatles tribute acts for a variety of reasons. Rather than putting on wigs, costumes and fake accents, brother musicians Billy, Matthew and Ryan McGuigan and their band focus on recreating the energy and spirit of one of the most popular bands in history. The format is entirely based on audience requests, so every single show is unique. The McGuigan brothers were inspired to create this show as a tribute to their late father who was a big fan of the Beatles. 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 7 at Callahan Theater. naz.edu