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Steve Martin and Martin Short join a costly summer season

Steve Martin, left, and Martin Short will perform Aug. 29 at Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center.
Steve Martin, left, and Martin Short will perform Aug. 29 at Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center.

Comedians Steve Martin and Martin Short is the latest show to be announced for the Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center.

Billed in typically self-deprecating fashion as “The Funniest Show In Town At The Moment,” they have an 8 p.m. Aug. 29 gig at the outdoor venue near Canandaigua.

The two comedians will be joined by musical guests Paul Shaffer and The Steep Canyon Rangers, and some intra-entertainment extras may be afoot. Martin, a fine banjo player, was backed by the Rangers, an acclaimed bluegrass band, when he was at the Rochester International Jazz Festival a few years ago.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 20, at All CMAC shows are also offering VIP seating, parking and a 3-D collector ticket for additional charges through Ticketmaster. The outlet is using a registration procedure called “Verified Fan” to discourage scalpers and bots.

The Steve Martin and Martin Short show is the latest to be added to the summer schedules at CMAC and Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, and more shows are expected to be added. Most are already on sale through But be prepared to be confused; ticket prices now come in a wide array of pricing, and no one’s getting a front-row seat without handing over $100 or more.

The CMAC shows announced to date:

  • The Trey Anastasio Band, with Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, 7 p.m. May 30. Anastasio is best known as the guitarist with Phish. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21.
  • Old Dominion’s last two albums have hit No. 1 on the country music charts. It will be joined by Dustin Lynch and Carly Pearce, 7 p.m. June 5.
  • Luke Combs, the 2018 Country Music Association Best New Artist, is known for hits such as “Hurricane,” “She Got the Best of Me,” and “Beer Never Broke My Heart.” He’ll be with Drew Parker. A first concert was originally announced for 7 p.m. June 19, now a second show has been added for 7 p.m. June 18.
  • Tedeschi Trucks Band with St. Paul and the Broken Bones and The Gabe Dixon Band, 6:30 p.m. July 1. It’s a night of powerful rock, soul and blues.
  • Thomas Rhett with Cole Swindell and Hardy, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 23. Rhett has had 14 No, 1 hits, including “It Goes Like This” and “Get Me Some of That.”
  • KISS with David Lee Roth, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 31.

The Darien Lake Performing Arts Center Shows announced to date:

  • Zac Brown Band with Gregory Alan Isakov, 7 p.m. June 14. Tickets (from $40.25 for the lawn to $300, plus fees) are already on sale.
  • Luke Bryan, Morgan Wallen and Caylee Hammack, 7 p.m. June 18.
  • Megadeth, Lamb of God, Trivium and In Flames, 6 p.m. June 26.
  • Maroon 5 and Meghan Trainor, 7 p.m. June 27.
  • Kidz Bop Live, 4 p.m. June 28.
  • Nickelback, Stone Temple Pilots and Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown, 6:30 p.m. July 3.
  • Chris Young, Scotty McCreery and Payton Smith, July 11.
  • Journey and The Pretenders, 7 p.m. July 18.
  • The Doobie Brothers 50th anniversary tour and Michael McDonald, 7:30 p.m. July 21.
  • Chris Stapleton with Sheryl Crow and Kendell Marvel, 7 p.m. July 23.
  • Backstreet Boys, 7:30 p.m. July 25.
  • Kingdom Bound Festival, July 27 through July 29.
  • The Black Crowes playing their album “Shake Your Money Maker,” 8 p.m. July 31.
  • Foreigner, Kansas and Europe, 7 p.m. Aug, 7. This is the non-Lou Gramm version of the band, which features Kelly Hansen on lead vocals. Gramm had been playing some dates with the band last year, but dropped out due to health issues.
  • Disturbed, Staind and Bad Wolves, 7 p.m. Aug. 10.
  • Incubus with 311 and Badflower, 6:45 p.m. Aug. 19.
  • Goo Goo Dolls, Lifehouse and Forest Blakk, 7 p.m. Aug. 21.
  • Sam Hunt with Kip Moore, Travis Denning, Ernest and Brandi Cyrus, 7 p.m. Aug. 27.
  • Matchbox Twenty and The Wallflowers, 7:30 p.m. Aug, 29.
  • Rascal Flatts, Sept. 5.
  • Korn, 6 p.m. Sept. 6.

Jeff Spevak is WXXI’s Arts & Life editor and reporter. He can be reached at

Jeff Spevak has been a Rochester arts reporter for nearly three decades, with seven first-place finishes in the Associated Press New York State Features Writing Awards while working for the Democrat and Chronicle.