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Rochester Lilac Festival 2015

Arts and Entertainment

April 17, 2015

From: Rochester Lilac Festival

Schedule of Events:

May 8, 2015

4:00pm The Blind Owls

Hailing from Corpus Christi, Texas and discovered at SXSW 2015, The Blind Owls are easy to describe: 60's rock-n-roll, well dressed, energetic, raw, The Beatles, Little Richard this band knows how to put on a show.

5:30pm Tommy Brunett

Mixing old-school country, great story telling, and rock 'n roll Tommy Brunett is a craftsman and songsmith. He glides and stomps through his now-legendary live performances with true sideshow-carny expertise, and he's known for his good ol' honest approach to everything he touches. Television credits include The Today Show and Conan O'Brien, and he's warmed up the floor boards for such acts as ZZ Top, Kellie Pickler, The Lumineers, Marshall Tucker Band, Shooter Jennings, and more.

7:00pm Outlaws

Known for their triple-guitar rock attack and three-part country harmonies, The Outlaws are one of the most influential bands in southern rock. Led by original lead singer Henry Paul, The Outlaws' live shows deliver the monster harmonies and signature classic Outlaws country/bluegrass energy. Classic tracks and rock radio favorites like "There Goes Another Love Song," "Green Grass and High Tides," "Knoxville Girl" and many more mix with songs from the critically acclaimed It's About Pride.

Location: Center Stage

May 9, 2015

12:30pm Cool Club with the Lipker Sisters

Jazz, blues, boogie-woogie, ragtime and swing come together through Cool Club and their vocalists, the Lipker Sisters. You'll flip for their smooth three-part harmonies and new takes on classics of the 1940s and beyond.

1:30pm Natalie B

Come out and experience this "soccer mom" who's ready to rock! Natalie B turns up the heat when she transforms on stage from a soccer mom to a sizzling, soulful firecracker belting out classic, contemporary, and original blues peppered with some R&B and classic rock! Natalie B loves to engage the crowd and get everyone up dancing and having a good time. She will be backed by her good friends, The Fabulous Swamp Brothers.

2:30pm The Blind Owls

Hailing from Corpus Christi, Texas and discovered at SXSW 2015, The Blind Owls are easy to describe: 60's rock-n-roll, well dressed, energetic, raw, The Beatles, Little Richard this band knows how to put on a show.

4:00pm Guthrie Brown and the Family Tree

Guthrie is a 20-year-old artist from Montana, currently living in Nashville, who is getting a lot of buzz and has a huge career ahead of him.  He was discovered by the Nashville Triple A station WRLT at a writers night over a year ago, and they have been playing and supporting him ever since.  He has built a solid following in Nashville and is beginning to develop the rest of the east coast.

He just finished an EP produced by Pat Sansone from Wilco, and has already had early interest from several labels.  He spent the fall touring with Robert Randolph & The Family Band and Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes, and will be touring with Jonny Lang in February. The Family Tree includes Guthrie's sister, back-up singer Maddy Brown, as well as non-relations John McNally on guitar, John Ogleby on drums, and bass player Will Honaker.

5:30pm Pokey LaFarge

Using elements of early jazz, ragtime, country blues, and Western swing, this St. Louis-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist draws from a deep well of American musical traditions to create timeless music. LaFarge is most famous for his charismatic live performances, taking his performances to five continents in 2014 and releasing his seventh album, "Something in the Water."

7:00pm ZBTB - A Tribute to Zac Brown

Note for note, ZBTB present an authentic Zac Brown concert with all his original songs as well as covers, using the same instrumentation and vocal arrangements as the original band. Zac Brown received a Grammy for Country Music Album of the Year in 2013, making this sought-after sound and stage show a must-see.

Location: Center Stage

May 10, 2015

10:30am Fred Vine

Fred Vine is a master of "Piedmont Style" and Delta bottleneck slide guitar. His versatile guitar techniques and creative songwriting skills are showcased with traditional blues, compelling instrumentals and captivating songs. Brian Williams adds solid bass accompaniment, whether he's playing gut-thumping blues or more sophisticated original compositions.

11:30am Fat City

Fat City's mission is to pump up the crowd and keep them dancing and smiling the whole night through! Fat City's unmistakable sound combines a unique blend of soul, funk, rock, R&B, and swing that is sure to please and bring you back for more every time. From classics to modern music and all points in between, their shows will intoxicate and satisfy the soul.

12:30pm Anonymous Willpower

This Rochester-based, neo-soul inspired indie rock band springs from the talents of husband and wife duo Don Anonymous and Suzi Willpower, with band members Greg Andrews, Bob Olson, John Payton, and Harry Roberts. While it takes its inspiration from early '70s soul, the band's live performances are a high-energy, a relentless roller coaster ride of jazz, blues, punk, Goth and funk.

2:30pm Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band

Kat Wright is on a mission to fill you with music that aims right for the heart and moves your soul. The Indomitable Soul Band's roots draw heavily from all American music, blending Memphis soul and new school R&B with a level of improvisation for which many Vermont rock bands are known. The 7-piece accompaniment with its powerful horn section is the perfect compliment to Kat's captivating, genuine vibe.

4:00pm Deborah Magone

Get ready to rock with this hard-hitting blues band! Reminiscent of Beth Hart, Melissa Etheridge, Heart, and Bonnie Raitt, with a splash of Robert Plant, Deborah Magone is a uniquely expressive, guitar-slinging female showcasing Rock & Blues originals as you've never heard them before.

5:30pm The Blind Owls

Hailing from Corpus Christi, Texas and discovered at SXSW 2015, The Blind Owls are easy to describe: 60's rock-n-roll, well dressed, energetic, raw, The Beatles, Little Richard this band knows how to put on a show.

7:00pm The Psychedelic Furs

With a string of U. S. top 40 hits including "Love My Way," "Heaven," "Pretty in Pink," "Heartbreak Beat," "All That Money Wants," "House," and "Until She Comes," the Furs inspired a generation of alternative rock musicians so it's time to see the original and hear their poetic lyrics, innovative rhythms and aggressive punk melodies. Original members Richard Butler (vocals) and Tim Butler (bass) still tour the world with the band.

Location: Center Stage

May 11, 2015

4:00pm Extended Family

This 9-person rock jam band brings together many influences to create a sonic landscape. You'll hear elements of '70s garage bands, Broadway, and late night lounges and a whole lot more.

5:30pm Adam Ezra Group

Adam Ezra Group's electrifying concerts have catapulted them into the national spotlight. The Adam Ezra Group's live performances, often compared to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, have established them as one of the premier indie bands in the Northeast. Having toured with Rusted Root, Jason Mraz, The Goo Goo Dolls, and many more, the Adam Ezra Group has graduated from the local Boston scene to the national stage.

7:00pm Dr. Dog

Gloriously ramshackle rock 'n' roll reveries and stripped-down live sound are the trademarks of Dr. Dog, a young band out of Philadelphia that serves up scrappy, hook-packed rock. With the Rolling Stones and Velvet Underground as two of their most potent influences, this band excels at live performance rather than studio-perfect sound. Get ready for a whopping good time!

Location: Center Stage

May 12, 2015

4:00pm Buddhahood

Enjoy the power and spirit that is The Buddhahood! Since 1996, The Buddhahood has driven its World-ternative Groove train in and out of Rochester, whipping crowds of beloved fans into frenzy, blurring the line between stage and dance floor and transcending audiences with their explosive and soulful shows. Their musical energy comes from power and spirit, with songs about perspective, picking oneself up and having crazy amounts of fun.

5:30pm Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds

Days before the release of their new album, "The Weather Below," and fresh from their triumph at SXSW 2015 in Austin, Sister Sparrow arrives to unleash its rambunctious, raucous, and righteous rock on Rochester. Lead singer and soul queen Arleigh Kincheloe declares, "It's loud, fun, and it's supposed to make you feel good." Need we say more?

7:00pm Cracker

Ten studio albums, multiple gold records, thousands of live performances, and a worldwide fan base makes this California country/punk/garage/funk band an American classic. If you want to find the soul in country, the funk in punk, and the alternative in rock, this is the show to see.

Location: Center Stage

May 13, 2015

4:00pm Amanda Lee Peers

Amanda Lee Peers is a singer/songwriter from Rochester, NY. With influences rooted in blues, approached with a modern twist, she describes her music as old soul with a new swagger. She has been featured in multiple local publications as well as radio stations such as 95.1 on The Wease Show and 98.9 The Buzz.

5:30pm Davina and the Vagabonds

Davina Sowers has been compared to Etta James, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Billie Holiday and Betty Boop, but comparisons don't suffice: Sowers is a true original. So much more than a blues act, DATV's shows are filled with New Orleans charm, Memphis soul swagger, dark theatrical moments and tender gospel passages.

7:00pm Blues Traveler

Blues Traveler scored big right out of the gate with their chart-topping, harmonica-infused, breakthrough hit "Run-Around" and defined pop music for a decade. Since then, the band has performed before 30 million people and sold more than 13 million recordings. They're known for their multiple song mash-ups and extensive instrumental jams when they perform live, making every performance a unique experience for the audience. Don't miss this jam-band legend.

Location: Center Stage

Wine and Chocolate Tasting:

Two Sessions Daily: 1pm to 4pm and 5pm to 8pm

Under The Big Top

What's the best wine to go with chocolate-covered butter crunch, or milk chocolate-coated salted caramels? There's only one place to find out: at the annual Wine and Chocolate Tasting at the Rochester Lilac Festival.

Here you can sample and purchase from 30 award-winning wineries from New York State's most celebrated wine regions offering 150 distinctive varietals for your tasting pleasure.

Pair these fine wines with handmade chocolates from Manhattan's oldest chocolatier, a confectioner destined to partner with the Rochester Lilac Festival: Li-Lac Chocolates! Li-Lac perfected its recipes and methods more than 90 years ago, and they've been one of New York's most popular candy destinations for nearly a century.

What goes better with New York wines than our natural artisan cheeses? New York is the third most productive dairy state in the country, and its array of cheeses ranges from sheep's milk chevre to Roquefort-style blue, as well as Camembert, rustic goat's milk cheeses, and the cheddars that make New York's dairies famous.

Complimentary Package Pick-Up

Not only can you enjoy these excellent wines and luscious chocolates at the festival, but because this event is designated a farmers market, you can also can purchase bottles or cases along with sweet treats and gourmet foods and cheeses to take home.

Purchases made during your visit can be held for convenient pick-up as you exit the session. To utilize this service, simply let the retail clerk know during time of purchase.

Tickets: $15 per person | 21+ Only | Valid ID Required | Please Drink Responsibly

10:30 am - 4:00 pm Seniors Day

Main Stage entertainment begins at 10:30 am
Wine and Chocolate Tasting 1 pm-4 pm
Parking is Free every weekday before 3 pm

The Wednesday of the Rochester Lilac Festival is Seniors Day, with special entertainment performing on Center Stage, special discounts and plenty of time to stroll through the gardens and enjoy the scents of the lilacs.

Kid's Stage Lineup:

12:30pm Farmer Tom Walsh

6:00pm Farmer Tom Walsh

May 14, 2015

4:00pm Noble Vibes

Noble Vibes is a reggae band whose mission is to keep reggae music alive and as beautiful as ever. Their energetic live shows feature original songs along with reggae classics. Since hitting the scene in early 2013, Noble Vibes has performed throughout Western New York, including appearances at Reggae Sundays on Conesus Lake, the Rochester Carifest, and the Rochester iteration of the Vermont Reggae Festival.

5:30pm Willie Nile

A Buffalo, NY native, Willie Nile's fans include Bruce Springsteen, with whom he's guested onstage on multiple occasions, and Pete Townshend, who personally requested him as the opening act on the Who's 1982 U.S. tour. Other avowed Nile admirers include Bono, Lou Reed, Paul Simon, Ian Hunter, Steven and Lucinda Williams, who once remarked, "Willie Nile is a great artist. If there was any justice in this world, I'd be opening up for him instead of him for me."

7:00pm Rusted Root

It wouldn't be a Rochester spring without Rusted Root! With eight albums, more than 3 million records sold worldwide and iconic music featured in films such as Ice Age, Twister, and Matilda, it's no wonder Rusted Root's 2013 and 2014 performances shattered attendance records at the Rochester Lilac Festival. The live show is a combination of musical intuition, freedom, and virtuosity that leaves an undeniable imprint on all who experience it. The band's best-known songs include "Send Me on My Way" and "Ecstasy."

Location: Center Stage

Lilac Brew Fest

VIP: 4:30pm8:30pm

General Admission: 5:30pm8:30pm

Under the Big Top

Sample from your choice of 100 artisan craft beers from 31 breweries. Tickets include a 5 oz. tasting glass with a 2 oz. pour line and 16 tasting tickets to tour the festival and sample the latest brews from thirty-one breweries.

Admission:
$40 per person | $65 VIP | 21+ Only | Valid ID Required | Please Drink Responsibly | Designated Driver Ticket Available

Kid's Stage Lineup:

12:30pm Mike Kornrich

6:00pm Mike Kornrich

May 15, 2015

4:00pm SIRSY

The Boston Globe sums it up: "Little band, big sound." But the ONLY thing little about SIRSY is that there is just two of them. The rest is bigger than balls on a buffalo. SIRSY plays rock & soul that's chock full of singalong pop melodies, lots of heart and just the right amount of sass. Vocalist Melanie is also the drummer and plays standing up (she's featured in Modern Drummer). Melanie also plays bass on a keyboard with her drumstick and flute, too. Guitarist Rich plays a well-loved and road-worn Rickenbacker through a pedal board for a vintage effect. He also plays bass on a keyboard with his feet. SIRSY plays 200+ shows a year nationally, and has shared stages with Maroon 5, Train, Grace Potter, Lifehouse, RaRaRiot, Third Eye Blind, Collective Soul, Blues Traveler, and Cheap Trick, to name a few.

5:30pm Thunder Body

Rochester's own Thunder Body brings a timeless exercise in the possibilities of air-tight, analog, electric roots music. The band combines elements of reggae, soul, blues, rock 'n' roll, noise, dub, and jazz. With four releases in as many years and a batch of fresh new songs for every live outing, Thunder Body is as prolific as it is popular with Lilac Festival crowds.

7:00pm Mingo Fishtrap

Punchy horns, gritty Memphis grooves and N'awlins funk create sounds steeped in modern pop and '60s soul sensibilities. Audiences can always expect spontaneity and heart from a Mingo set, where the band intermingles fresh takes on songs from their extensive catalog with their twist on a few select soul standards.

Location: Center Stage

Lilac Brew Fest

VIP: 4:30pm8:30pm

General Admission: 5:30pm8:30pm

Under the Big Top

Sample from your choice of 100 artisan craft beers from 31 breweries. Tickets include a 5 oz. tasting glass with a 2 oz. pour line and 16 tasting tickets to tour the festival and sample the latest brews from thirty-one breweries.

Admission:
$40 per person | $65 VIP | 21+ Only | Valid ID Required | Please Drink Responsibly | Designated Driver Ticket Available

Kid's Stage Lineup:

12:30pm Farmer Tom Walsh

6:00pm Farmer Tom Walsh

May 16, 2015

11:30am Big Mike and The Motivators

Big Mike & The Motivators is a Rochester-based roots band dedicated to making sure you can't stand still! Its members have jammed together and played in other bands, but had never been in the same band together until 2013. Mike D'Aurizio , Carmen Verzillo, Jon Tucker , Phil Supernault and Marc Zimmerman finally had the opportunity to get together and their blues, R&B and rock sound was born.

12:30pm Mosaic Foundation

With a style as unique as its members are diverse, Mosaic Foundation is forward thinking reggae that stays true to the roots. Formed in 2009 and based in the Finger Lakes region of New York, the band has grown a loyal following, thanks to electric live performances and three studio releases. Blending roots, ska, dub, dance-hall and beyond, Mosaic is an exploration in reggae that is pushed to the limits and sometimes spills over. With lyrics that inspire dancing in the moment, and activate the mind in reflection, the songs encourage positivity, sustainable living and community.

2:00pm Shine

Come listen to this homegrown party band! Shine is a seven-piece band, and is quickly becoming one of the most popular party bands in Rochester. The group plays a mix of funk, soul, and pop music, with contemporary hits by the likes of Bruno Mars and Adele, and also classic soul going back to Prince, Michael Jackson, and Aretha Franklin.

3:30pm Prime Time Funk

It was 1996 when veteran Rochester musicians James Richmond (sax, keyboard and vocals) and Ralph Ortiz (bass) started assembling their dream funk band. From festivals and fundraisers to private celebrations, this premier ten-piece powerhouse is more in demand than ever. Audiences eat up the chemistry on stage, dance like there's no one watching, and hear extraordinary musicians who truly live up to the name Prime Time Funk.

5:00pm Joe Beard

Born and raised in Ashland, Mississippi, guitarist Joe Beard grew up surrounded by aspiring and veteran blues musicians, and began singing at an early age. Beard became interested in playing guitar and began learning guitar at age 17. After moving to Rochester, he formed the Soul Brothers Six, playing bass and singing. Today, he calls on all he learned from the greats in his past, and delivers performances that keep audiences coming back for more!

7:00pm Charlie Musselwhite

Mississippi born Musselwhite is one of the most revered blues musicians in the world. The harmonica master, also a respected singer and songwriter in his own right, has won countless awards during his legendary career including induction into the Blues Hall of Fame. "His delivery is as thick as molasses and as warm and rich as freshly ploughed soil on a Mississippi morning," says BluesWax.

Location: Center Stage

10:30 am6 pm Art in the Park

The Very Best Shopping

The perfect chance to score the perfect find for yourself or someone special, Art in the Park at the Rochester Lilac Festival features the handmade creations of more than 160 artists, makers, designers and craftspeople. You'll discover unique pieces from across a variety of media including ceramics, drawings, graphics, fiber, glass, jewelry, sculpture, wood and mixed media along with specialty packaged foods and body care products.

A Juried Art and Craft Show

Only those who are the hands-on makers of their work may participate in the Lilac Festival Art and Craft Show.
If you are an artist, craftsperson or specialty vendor who would like to be considered for participation, click here to learn more and apply online before the March 1, 2015 deadline. NO BUY/SELL is permitted.

Lilac Festival Traditions

Visitors can purchase their favorite Highland Lilac perfumes, lotions and soaps at the two merchandise tents, as well as lilac-scented candles, three different adorable plush animals, baseball caps, puzzles with Highland Park scenes, coffee mugs, fun magnets, beautiful chiffon lilac scarves and of course, this year's poster and tee-shirts.

The music and merchandise of the performing artists appearing on the Main Stage is available immediately following each performance by visiting the band merchandise tent adjacent to the stage.

Online orders are accepted only after the festival has concluded.

Kid's Stage Lineup:

1:00pm Amazing Magic Joe

2:00pm Gary The Happy Pirate

3:00pm Amazing Magic Joe

4:00pm Gary The Happy Pirate

5:00pm Amazing Magic Joe

May 17, 2015

11:30am Teressa Wilcox

Thundering chords announce the arrival of Teressa Wilcox, Rochester's premiere singer-songwriter. Carried by an enormous voice that's taken her around the world, her stories are set to a musical backdrop that blends classic soul, country, and rock sounds. With a top 40 single and one full-length record to her credit, Teressa Wilcox is a name to know before her new album drops later this year, so make sure to catch her acoustic set at this year's Lilac Festival!

12:30pm Blind Owl Band

In a time of digital processors, the Blind Owl Band hopes to inspire use of wood and metal. Although they look like a bluegrass band, Blind Owl Band uses the instruments of their ancestors to play music of our time, influenced by all that has happened in the musical world over the past 25 years. They hope to achieve a unique personal sound through raw, authentic instrumentation.

2:30pm The Blind Spots

This all original, female-fronted, five-piece moxy rock band from Ithaca, NY is driving hard at bigger things. You'll have to move when you hear the Blind Spots' a solid-as-a-rock rhythm section, eclectic library of vintage keyboard sounds, bold and inventive electric guitar stylings and electrifying lead vocals from force of nature Maddy Walsh.

4:00pm The Prickers

Come experience a collision of sound that belongs only to The Prickers! Marching band brass, back porch banjo frailing, burning boots kickin', old-school hip-hop kick drum thumpin', saloon ragtime piano pounding, guitar strumming and lyrical song writing all create a sound that the band calls "Cluster Folk." The music has roots in every corner of the musical garden…no stone is left unturned.

5:30pm Danielle Ponder & The Tomorrow People

Danielle Ponder's stage performance is a spiritual experience. Her voice transcends beyond the physical; you will feel the power of her voice in your soul. It's this undeniable power that secures her gigs as the opening act for The Roots, John Legend, George Clinton, Kool and the Gang, Ledisi the Ohio Players, and Marsha Ambrosious.

7:00pm Ana Popovic

Be among the first to hear music from this blues legend's tenth album, "Blue Room," which releases on May 19! A five-time Blues Music Awards nominee including a 2014 nomination for Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year Serbian-born Ana Popovic's albums "Still Making History" and "Unconditional" both reached #1 on the Billboard Blues Chart. She is widely regarded as one of the world's best female guitar players. See for yourself what makes this extraordinary musician an irresistible force onstage.

Location: Center Stage

10:30 am5 pm Art in the Park

The Very Best Shopping

The perfect chance to score the perfect find for yourself or someone special, Art in the Park at the Rochester Lilac Festival features the handmade creations of more than 160 artists, makers, designers and craftspeople. You'll discover unique pieces from across a variety of media including ceramics, drawings, graphics, fiber, glass, jewelry, sculpture, wood and mixed media along with specialty packaged foods and body care products.

A Juried Art and Craft Show

Only those who are the hands-on makers of their work may participate in the Lilac Festival Art and Craft Show.
If you are an artist, craftsperson or specialty vendor who would like to be considered for participation, click here to learn more and apply online before the March 1, 2015 deadline. NO BUY/SELL is permitted.

Lilac Festival Traditions

Visitors can purchase their favorite Highland Lilac perfumes, lotions and soaps at the two merchandise tents, as well as lilac-scented candles, three different adorable plush animals, baseball caps, puzzles with Highland Park scenes, coffee mugs, fun magnets, beautiful chiffon lilac scarves and of course, this year's poster and tee-shirts.

The music and merchandise of the performing artists appearing on the Main Stage is available immediately following each performance by visiting the band merchandise tent adjacent to the stage.

Online orders are accepted only after the festival has concluded.

Highland Hospital Lilac Run

10K Start Time 9:15am

5K Start Time 8:00am

USA Track & Field Certified Course | $3,400 in Prize Money

EST. 1979

Regardless of your skill level, this race will restore your faith in Mother Nature and re-invigorate your workouts for the summer season ahead. The famous lilac gardens of Highland Park, also the backdrop for the event's after party, mark the beginning and end of the races. With the aroma of 1500 lilacs filling the air, runners start out heading east on Highland Avenue, move through the rolling hills of the park and then turn south through the residential town of Brighton before returning back through the park.

Training

Medved Running & Walking Outfitters will be holding a course preview run of both the 5K and the 10K courses on Saturday, May 2nd starting at 9 am. The preview run is free and will meet at the starting line on Highland Avenue between Goodman Street and South Avenue.

Packet Pick Up

Friday, May 15, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Saturday, May 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Medved Running & Walking Outfitters, 3400 Monroe Avenue, 14618
Race Day Sunday, May 17 from 7 a.m.
Headquarters located at the corner of South Avenue and Highland Avenue

Entry Fee:
Thru Feb 26, 2015
10K $25
5K $25

Thru May 16, 2015
10K $30
5K $30

Walk-Up
10K $35
5K $35

Click Here for Register

Kid's Stage Lineup:

1:00pm Farmer Tom Walsh

2:00pm Magical John

3:00pm Farmer Tom Walsh

4:00pm Mike Kornrich

5:00pm Magical John

6:00pm Mike Kornrich

Date: May 8, 2015 - May 17, 2015

Time: 10:30am - 8:30pm

Location:
Highland Park
171 Reservoir Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620

Admission: Free

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