Rochester Big City SummerFest

I’m getting very, very stoked for this latest in Rochester festivals, because this is shaping up quite nicely, indeed. There are a tonne of great bands lined up for club shows, free outdoor shows and big name concerts at the Highland Bowl. I’m not sure about seeing Susan Tedeschi, much though I would like to, because it’s not really in the budget to see both big shows and I’d rather go see the Doobie Brothers.

The Atomic Swindlers, The BuddhaHood, One World Tribe and loads of other bands will be performing over the course of two weekends. At High Falls, they’ll be jammed together closely enough that the entire Mill St., Browns Race cobblestone section should be filled with music for four to six hours a weekend night (starting, as weekends always should, on Thursday nights!).

One World Tribe will be appearing on July 19th at the Sky BarCheck out my events calendar at the top of this blog for more information about the lineup. I’ve been lazy and haven’t put the full schedule up yet, but it will be. The SummerFest website has all this information, of course, but the layout’s a bit wonky and the linear schedule here may be a bit easier to read.

I guess one of the best parts about this festival is, for me, the fact that I know so few of the bands.  That means these are small, niche player bands for niches that I know very little about, and that excites me in terms of what new I and the rest of the attendees can learn about music.

I’m waiting to hear back from a few of the performers, so expect updates right up into the festival itself!

By Tommy Belknap

Owner, developer, editor of DragonFlyEye.Net, Tom Belknap is also a freelance journalist for The 585 lifestyle magazine. He lives in the Rochester area with his wife and son.