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Brandi Carlile and Ratt are the latest shows to be added to the Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center summer schedule.

Carlile, whose most recent album, By the Way, I Forgive You, was nominated for a Grammy Award, has an 8 p.m. June 27 show at the venue outside of Canandaigua.

Ratt is joined by a lineup of '80s-era metal of varying degrees of volume and hair in Tom Keifer's Cinderella, Skid Row and Slaughter. That show is at 7 p.m. June 13.

The summer concert season forecast includes a Norah Jones Confluence for western New York. The Rochester area will have two opportunities to see the jazzy pop singer this summer, in different configurations. 

And as they’re potentially competing for the same audience, the promoters of both events aren’t giving the other a jump start on tickets; both shows go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.

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No square on the calendar seems to have escaped. "Extraterrestrial Abduction Day" is March 20. Entire months have been claimed. November is NaNoWriMo. Translation: National Novel Writing Month. And now we're in the midst of FAWM: February Album Writing Month.

Fire, drought, rain, flooding, ash rain, giant hailstones. At least 28 people killed, 3,000 homes destroyed, an estimated billion animals dead. It's an Australian apocalypse. Containing this disaster has evolved into an international effort. 

Deb Jones has lived in Rochester for two decades, but is a native of Australia, where the landscape has been ravaged by fires since late July. After watching this unfold on television from a half a world away, she has assembled "Songs for South Australia Bushfire Relief." The show is at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at Lovin' Cup Bistro and Brews.