With equal parts talent, wit, and social conscious, Toronto's Moxy Fruvuous has built a significant following in this area; its 9 p.m. show next Friday at the Water Street Music Hall, 204 N. Water St., is selling well.
Moxy Fruvuous - four guys who started off as street performers - has created a bright, energetic sound with a liberal and humanist message. On the group's most recent album, wood they take on Rush Limbaugh (The Greatest Man in America) and daytime TV talk shows (Jenny Washington).
"It's a pretty dark period for pop culture," Jean Ghomeshi, then band's singer-keyboardist-percussionist-guitarist, told these newspapers earlier this year. "I find it extremely homogenous watching MTV or Much Music here in Canada, where they go through the same big hits by all of the alternative bands: 'I'm a loser baby, I'm a creep, we've got no future.'...I'm not saying we should all be the Partridge Family...I'm just tired of the same message."
A find Rochester band, Ethel, opens. Tickets are $7 in advance, $9 the day show, available at Record Archive, Lakeshore Record Exchange, Fantastic Records, Hardpact Board Gear in Canandaigua and TicketMaster (716) 232-1900. Call (716) 325-5600.