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String Theory hosts Smith Opera House benefit

String Theory, an acoustic bluegrass band, will host an eclectic evening of great music to benefit the Smith Opera House in the historic Geneva landmark, starting at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 11.

The show will include four acts from Rochester; tickets are $5 each and will be available at the door.

String Theory weaves a wide range of backgrounds into a unique blend. Where else are you going to hear traditional gospel music sandwiched between phish and metallica. Or Talking Heads played on banjo, mandolin, and fiddle?

String Theory features “Country” Mike Kedley on banjo, fiddle, and guitar; Jim Barbero on mandolin; Terry Kedley on guitar and dobro; and A.J. Noto on the bull fiddle.

JoAnn Vaccaro is a young singer-songwriter from Rochester who’s been making waves throughout the Northeast for five years. Her musical style has been described as folk-rock and compared to Ani Difranco, Tori Amos and Joni Mitchell. Vaccaro’s distinct guitar style incorporates fingerpicking and flamenco-like strumming patterns. Her voice ranges from sultry blues and jazz to rock, with lyrics that are both outspoken and poetic.

Music critic Jeff Spevak calls Watkins and the Rapiers “one of the finest bands in Rochester,” and their fans also include WCMF’s Brother Wease.

Badenovs careen wildly through styles, playing songs by poets like Theodore Roethke, songs about Hitler’s Dog, and songs that marry the Monkees and Jimi Hendrix.

Tickets are available at the Smith box office, by calling (315) 781-LIVE (5483) or toll-free at (866) 355-LIVE (5483) and on-line at