GENESEO – The songs and sounds of local bands has largely gone quiet this summer as the coronavirus pandemic has scrapped bookings and kept them off the stage.
“The pandemic has hurt us,” said Charles Salvaggio, a member of Adrianna as Advertised. “We were slated to play at the Rochester Jazz Festival, Lilac Festival and we also had a gig for opening up for Almost Queen.”
Members of the five-piece band, who usually perform a mix of indie folk blues and jazz songs, haven’t performed live together since February and acknowledge it has been difficult.
To make sure they’re ready for the next booking, band members have been practicing together twice a week.
Salvaggio said what sets the band apart from others is lead singer Adrianna Noone. “I think what separates her is her song-writing ability... her original songs,” said Salvaggio.
People will have a chance to hear some of those songs from 6 to 9 p.m. July 22 when the band performs at the Wadsworth Homestead, 4 South St., Geneseo. The concert is free.
Salvaggio said people are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and practice social distancing.
“They are going to make a concert series out of it because they have the space and you can socially distance,” Salvaggio said.
Another band hoping to perform again soon is The Popshow Band. They perform pop culture songs with characters through the decades. The band is based in Rochester and performs at weddings, company parties, town festivals, reunions, award banquets and grand openings.
“We love performing and miss performing in front of a crowd,” said singer Rick Robbins. “Our show is always done live and people have a blast.”
For band members, the pandemic has hurt business with bookings being cancelled and the spotlight of the stage going dark.
“We had a bunch of shows scheduled for almost every weekend and they all got cancelled,” said Robbins.
Despite the cancellations and not having performed live in front of an audience in months, Robbins said he and his band members are ready to step back on stage just as soon as they’re allowed.
“We hold regular band meetings and are always thinking of new and exciting ways to make our show an experience people will remember,” he said.
With choreography and unique costumes, Robbins said the band performs a mix of classic hits and some original songs.
“What makes us different is that people have fun at our shows,” Robbins said. “They are always dancing and we engage with audiences to make them part of the show, too.”
Robbins also said during his band’s shows, cells phones and smiles are always encouraged.
“We want people to be out with their cell phones to help capture the excitement,” Robbins said. “Everyone always leaves our shows with a smile.’