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Monroe County Lilac Festival 2013

Arts and Entertainment

April 16, 2013

From: Rochester Lilac Festival

Schedule of Events:

May 10, 2013

7 pm: The Skycoasters

Upstate New York's premier, high-energy party band plays the hits that propelled their enormous popularity in New York and across the country. From their beginnings at small, local clubs to playing at super events at the Olympics and Super Bowls, the Skycoasters consistently deliver a delightful blend of "got to dance" music and genuine, contagious fun to their audiences of all ages.

This 9-piece party band, the Skycoasters, was formed in 1978 and still consists of the original members. Their high energy sparks the audience from the first note and is known to bring the confirmed "non dancers" to their feet within minutes!

May 11, 2013

7 pm: Spin Doctors

On their blistering new blues/rock album ‘If The River Was Whiskey,’ Spin Doctors deliver a ten-song collection of original songs, described by lead singer Chris Barron as a “ramshackle, broken carriage running down a cobblestone hill, with pots and pans, and a screaming baby…” The CD is set for an April 30th release on Ruf Records, and will be accompanied by a U.S. tour.

This is the blues album the band was always meant to make, and their confidence shows, as they give the songs lots of room to breath and let the tracks come alive via the road-tested musicianship of Chris Barron (vocals),Aaron Comess (drums), Eric Schenkman (guitar) and Mark White (bass). With no overdubs, irreverent lyrics, soulful drums and guitar licks that are on fire, ‘If The River Was Whisky’ captures lightning in a bottle and further cements Spin Doctors’ reputation as a live act to be reckoned with. Perhaps Schenkman puts it best: “we’ve been playing together for 25 years & we’re all badasses!”

May 12, 2013

7 pm: Eddie Money

After signing a recording contract with Columbia Records, Money burst onto the scene with his eponymous debut album in 1977.  Fans immediately fell in love with Money’s sound, and the album, which went double platinum, featured hits like “Baby Hold On” and “Two Tickets to Paradise.”  Money followed the success of his debut album with a stream of Top 40 hits, as well as some of the era’s most creative videos for songs like “Think I’m in Love” and “Shakin.”  In 1986, Money releasedCan’t Hold Back, which featured the classic, Grammy-Nominated duet with Ronnie Spector, “Take Me Home Tonight.”  The song reached number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100.  The album went platinum and also featured the hit “I Wanna Go Back.”

These days, Money continues to delight new and old fans alike at venues throughout the country.  Having opened the summer concert season at the famous DTE Energy Music Theatre in Detroit for nearly 20 years, Money draws fans from all over who are eager to see the legendary musician.  Ask any concert attendee and they’ll tell you he retains his signature style and performs with the same passion today as he did more than 30 years ago.

May 13, 2013

5:30 pm: Lake Street Dive

Brooklyn-based quartet, Lake Street Dive enjoyed a whirlwind end to 2012 when their video for "I Want You Back" became an internet phenomenon landing half a million views. It all started with an admiring tweet from Kevin Bacon that took off in dramatic fashion. Now, with more and more fans discovering their exuberant and exhilarating sound, they are poised for a breakthrough.

Known for their infectious blending of influences, Lake Street Dive is a band with jazz at it's heart, combined with a passion for pop, R&B, soul, and a healthy dose of the Beatles and British Invasion bands. Front woman Rachael Price, possesses one of the most impressive voices in the indie-music world and sings with the "escalating intensity of classic soul" (Blurt). Combined with Bridget Kearney’s sinewy upright bass lines , Mike Calabrese’s adventurous jazz inflected drumming, and Mike Olsen's nimble trumpet playing, the results are finely tuned dynamics played with groove-driven abandon. As National Public Radio raved, "This classically trained band blends jazz, folk, and pop in dangerously charming fashion."

7 pm: The English Beat

One of the earliest and most important ska revivalist groups, Birmingham's the Beat formed in 1978 (the band had to change its name to the English Beat in the U.S. to avoid confusion with Paul Collins' band of the same name). The multiracial band carved a distinct sound through the use of alternating lead vocals by guitarist Dave Wakeling and punk toaster/rapper Ranking Roger, supported by a tight band consisting of Andy Cox (guitar), David Steele (bass), and Everett Moreton (drums). The addition of 50-year-old saxophonist Saxa, who originally played with Prince Buster and Desmond Dekker, gave the band credibility and fleshed out its sound. An opening spot for the Selecter led to the band's signing to 2-Tone, where they released the hit single "Tears of a Clown," a wonderful version of the Smokey Robinson classic.

May 14, 2013

5:30 pm: JC Brooks and The Uptown Sound

JC Brooks was born the son of a Jersey funk diva, his voice erupts with heart and heartache over the ferocious rhythm and star-time charisma of guitarist Billy Bungeroth, drummer Kevin Marks, keyboardist Andy Rosenstein, and bassist Ben Taylor. With a take-no-prisoners live attack and lyrics speaking of the torment and triumph of these tumultuous times, it's no wonder that the Chicago Tribune called JC Brooks "the real deal". This is a soul band rallying against our disaffected and disengaged era, connecting with people the old-fashioned way, by whipping them into a frenzy with honest appeal and unbridled enthusiasm.

7 pm: Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express

Chuck Prophet hit the road straight out of high school in the '80s with the psychedelic roots band Green on Red and never looked back. In addition to working as a singer/songwriter, guitarist, bandleader, and musical collaborator with artists as diverse as Cake, Kim Carnes, Solomon Burke, and Alejandro Escovedo, Prophet's deepening solo catalog of self-produced "sideways" roots rock has steadily become his calling card.

May 15, 2013

7 pm: Marshall Tucker Band

May 16, 2013

7 pm: Rusted Root

Formed in the early 90’s by singer/guitarist Michael Glabicki, Rusted Root’s worldly style quickly charmed fans of roots music and world rock. To date they have released 7 albums and sold over 3 million records worldwide. After debuting in 1992 with the self released Cruel Sun, Rusted Root signed with Mercury Records and released the 1994 platinum selling breakthrough When I Woke, which featured the massive hits Send Me On My Way, Ecstasy and Martyr.

May 17, 2013

7 pm: The Smithereens

Smithereens 2011's title slyly acknowledges the fact that it's the band's 11th studio album, and that it's been 11 years since their last collection of original material. The album's moniker—as well as its cover design—also pays tribute to the foursome's beloved 1989 release Smithereens 11. Smithereens 2011 also reunites the group with revered producer and kindred musical spirit Don Dixon, who was at the helm for the Smithereens' breakthrough 1986 debut album Especially for You and its much-loved 1988 follow-up Green Thoughts, as well as 1994's acclaimed A Date with the Smithereens.

May 18, 2013

7 pm: The Lone Bellow

Playing what they call "Brooklyn country music," The Lone Bellow lead singer and songwriter Zach Williams, singer and mandolin player Kanene Dohehey Pipkin, and singer/guitarist Brian Elmquist) are a group of transplanted Southerners who deliver a passionate, soulful, acoustic-based alternative rock Americana. The band began after Williams' wife was involved in a serious accident that left her temporarily paralyzed from the neck down. While hoping and waiting for her recovery (she did recover), Williams began writing a set of haunting songs that dealt with tragedy, hope, and redemption. Following her recovery, the couple moved to Brooklyn. In 2010, Williams, who had been working as a solo act, began jamming with Elmquist, an old friend, and when Pipkin joined in, the trio knew it had a band. Building on Williams' songs, and now working and writing together, they built up an impressive early catalog of songs. Initially the band was known as Zach Williams & The Lone Bellow, but by the time the group's accomplished and powerful debut album from Descendant Records appeared early in 2013, the self-titled The Lone Bellow, Williams had dropped his name from the billing, and the band had grown to include Ben Mars on bass, Brian Murphu on keyboards, Matt Knapp on lap steel and electric guitar, Jason Pipkin on banjo and mandolin, and Brian Griffin on drums.

May 19, 2013

5:30 pm: The Campbell Brothers

The Campbell Brothers present Sacred Steel: African-American gospel music with electric steel guitar and vocal. This tradition is just now emerging from the House of God Keith Dominion Church, where for over sixty years it has been an integral part of worship and a vital, if little known, American tradition. As the music moves from sanctuary to concert hall -- including the Hollywood Bowl, the Kennedy Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music and Symphony Space -- secular audiences are now able to appreciate a performance both devoted and rocking.

7 pm: Prime Time Funk

It was 1996 when veteran Rochester musicians James Richmond (sax, keyboard and vocals) and Ralph Ortiz (bass) started assembling their dream band. A funk band, of course, and  for once  there would be no compromises in musicianship or material. This would be Prime Time Funk. One by one, they handpicked the rhythm section, starting with drummer Dave Cohen. When they began recruiting the PTF horns, saxophonist Vince Ercolamento was their first call.

Date: May 10 - 19, 2013

Location: Highland Park
171 Reservoir Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620

Cost: Free