Rochester, NY Music Festivals

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Party In The Park

Longstanding Festival in Rochester that brings in a variety of different types of music.  It started as a free festival but now charges a small fee of around $2. There usually are different food vendors/ food trucks along onsite. In 2014 it will be heading back to the original site at the MLK park (Manhattan Square Park).

2014 Line Up:
June 19th - The Wailers - Noble Vibes - Trinidad & Tobago Steel Band
June 26th - Lucinda Williams - The Kenneth Brian Band
July 3rd - Drive By Truckers - Tommy Brunett Band
July 10th - Yonder Mountain String Band Railroad Earth
July 17th - Trampled by Turtles - Dirty Dozen Brass Band
July 24th - Lucero - The Baseball Project - Mambo Kings
July 31st - Dickey Betts and Great Southern - Dumpstaphunk
August 7th - Dark Star Orchestra
August 14th - Presidents of the USA - The Slide Brothers - Melia

Location: MLK park (Former Manhattan Square Park) Downtown Rochester
Cost: $5
Bar: Wine & Beer
Food: Food Booths & Trucks
Type of Music: Varies

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Big Rib Barbeque and Blues Festival

Looking for some good Barbeque and blues music? This festival will settle your appetite for both. Set in Highland Park some of the top Barbeque vendors from around the country will be there to serve it up.

2014 Headliners
The James Hunter Six
Shemekia Copeland
Robert Randolph And The Family Band
Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens
Playing For Change

Location: Highland Park
Dates: Thursday July 10th - Sunday July 13th - 2014
Cost: Lunchtime (11:30 - 3:00) - Free, $10 after 3 PM
         VIP Tickets $49.50 (includes all you can eat buffet)
Bar: Beer and Various Other Alcohol
Food: Lots of BBQ along with some other concessions
Type of Music: Blues

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Lilac Festival

Rochester is the Flower City and the Lilac Festival is one of the biggest festivals in Rochester.  Set in Highland Park the festival features a large amount of music both free and ticketed concerts.

Location: Highland Park
Dates: Friday, May 9, 2014 - Sunday, May 18, 2014 (10 Days)
Cost: Free general admission but some separate ticket concerts
Food: All types of food
Type of Music: All Types

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The main headlining festival type concert for Alternative Music in Rochester sponsored by 94.1 WZNE - The Zone.  It has been in various locations around Rochester and has grown to 2 stages and 10 bands in 2013.  Usually takes place in July - August.  Not to be missed if you like Alternative Music.
2014 brings Bonzai to Sahlen's stadium and brings a couple of big names to headline.

2014 Line Up:
A Day To Remember
J. Roddy Walston & The Business
Middle Class Rut
Big Data
Tove Lo
Joy Wave

Location: Sahlen's Stadium
Dates: August 9th, 2014
Cost: $15 Advance /$20 Regular
Bar: Beer
Food: Concessions

Holiday Hangover
The Alternative version of Jingle Jam sponsored by 94.1 WZNE The Zone.  Usually held in January at the Main Street Armory.  They usually have about 6 bands.

Location: Main Street Armory
Dates: TBA (Usually in January)
Cost: Usually starts at $10 for those who buy early prices end up about $30 at the high side
Bar: Full Bar
Food: Various Concessions

Ten Ugly Men
Ten Ugly Men

Ten Ugly Men has been going on since 25 years and a staple of the Rochester music festivals.  Charity driven to give back to the community, along with music there are other events like a 5K race, volleyball and a kickball tournament.

Location: Genesee Valley Park
Dates: July 26, 2014
Cost:  $25 advance - $35 Day of show
         $10 Kids 13 - 20 - Kids 12 and under free
Bar: Beer & Wine
Food: Concessions Available

Rochester Jazz Festival
Rochester International Jazz Festival

Held in Rochester in late June the Jazz Festival is held over 9 days covering venues throughout the city.

2014 Headliners:
Janelle Monae
Michael McDonald
Steve Martin and the Step Canyon Rangers Featuring Eddie Brickel
Earth Wind and Fire

Check their website for full line up with schedule

Location: Various venues around Rochester
Dates: June 20 -28 2014
Cost: Varies by show but they also have a club pass for $194 that covers entry into all club shows over the 9 days (first come first serve basis), separate admission into the shows are $20.
Bar: Varies by Venue
Food: Varies by Venue

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Fringe Festival

Not exactly music focused but still has some pretty cool events. Events take place all around the Rochester area, some even take place on the side of buildings!

Location: Various venues around Rochester
Dates: September 18th - 27th 2014
Cost: Varies by show some are free events
Bar: Varies by Venue
Food: Varies by Venue

Jingle Jam
Sponsored by 98 PXY, the Jingle Jam takes place in the around November/ December.  Artists vary but fall in line with music played on 98 PXY but can sometimes fall on the Alternative side of the spectrum.

Location: TBA
Dates: TBA usually in November/ December
Cost: Varies by line up - 2013 ran $40 to $76
Bar: Varies by Venue
Food: Varies by Venue

Summer Jam 2014
Summer Jam

The summer time version of the jingle jam also sponsored by 98 pxy.  Usually done in June.

2014 Line Up:
Jason Derulo
My Crazy Girlfriend

Location: Frontier Field
Dates: June 3rd 2014
Cost: $35 - $75
Bar: Beer
Food: Concessions

Mistletoe Show
Sponsored by 100.5 The Drive, usually held in December they put on Christmas show.  Usually a mix of bands border on the pop with the alternative spine on it.

Location: TBA
Dates: TBA - Usually in December
Cost: Varies by line up
Bar: Varies By Venue
Food: Varies By Venue

East End Festival
Rock'n Rochester for over 23 years the East End Fest has had some recent obstacles and has adapted to survive.  What used to be a festival that happened several times over the summer they now just have one East End Fest a year, so don't miss it when it comes around!

Channel 10 Stage:
6:15 – Extended family
7:45 – Northside Johnny
9:15 – Cherry Bomb

Parkinglot Stage:
6:15 – Kung Fu Grip – Sublime Tribute Band
7:45 – Cry to the Blind
9:30 – Rockwith Springer

World Beat Stage:
6:00 – Haewa
7:30 – Subsoil
9:00 – RootsCollider

Gibbs St Stage:
6:00 – The Prickers
7:30 – Teagan and the Tweeds
9:00 – Big Eyed Phish – Dave Matthews Tribute Band

Location: East Ave. - East End Rochester
Dates: June 13th 2014
Cost: $5
Bar: Good thing about the East End is there are a lot of bars to get whatever you want!
Food: Food Trucks plus restaurants in the East End

Fairport Music Festival
Fairport Music Festival
The Fairport Music Festival features about 20 bands and food from area restaurants.  Along with the music the festival also has special children activities.  All proceeds are donated to charity.

Location: Fairport
Date: August 23, 2014
Cost: $10 in advance $15 at the Door
Bar: Beer & Wine
Food: Concessions plus area Restaurants are set up

Roc City Ribfest
Roc City Rib Festival
The Roc City Rib Festival started in cornfield in Avon now draws huge numbers to Ontario Beach Park on Memorial Day Weekend for some great Barbeque and Music.  The festival is a major barbeque competition along with some major national barbeque vendors setting up.

Location: Genesee Valley Park
Date: Memorial Day Weekend - May 22nd to 26th 2014
Cost: $5 - Free for kids under 12
Bar: Beer & Wine
Food: Barbeque along with other vendors

Carnival of Madness
National touring festival - Carnival of Madness usually makes a stop in Canandaigua at CMAC.  In the past the bands have been the likes of Shinedown, Skillet, Papa Roach and others...  They know how to have a good rockin time.

Location: CMAC - Canandaigua, NY
Date: TBA
Bar: Beer & Wine
Food: Concessions

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