Rochester Lilac Festival 2017

Arts and Entertainment

December 21, 2016

From: Rochester Lilac Festival

Craft Beverage Expo:
May 18 - 20,2017:

Craft Beverage Expo VIP:
The Ultimate Craft Beverage Experience

Official VIP Lanyard
First Entry - Skip the lines!
Online Purchase Only
Experience it all - Wine, Beer, Craft Cider & Spirit Tastings

General Admission:
Any 2 Days: $47.50

May 18 & 19:  Wine, Cider & Spirit Tastings

Sample a variety of Wines, Craft Ciders & Spirits
Take home your favorite wine. Yes you can buy wine!
Wine Valet – Purchases made during your visit can be held for convenient pick-up as you exit the session
Cheese, Chocolate, and Farm Products available for purchase/tasting
People’s Choice Awards

General Admission: $35

May 20: Beer, Cider & Spirit Tastings

Specialty Craft Beverage Releases
Cheese, Bavarian Pretzels, Sausage, Beef Links
People’s Choice Awards

General Admission: $35

12:30pm– 4:00pm And 5:00pm – 8:30pm Daily

A Passion for Purple
Opening Day | Friday, May 12, 2017, 10:30am–8:30pm | Free Parking before 3pm

Passion for Purple is the opening day event that celebrates you the talent, spirit, and world-famous lilacs that make Rochester so unique.

Art in the Park
Both Weekends, located on Reservoir Avenue
Saturday, May 13 10:30 am–6 pm | Sunday, May 14 10:30 am–5 pm
Saturday, May 20 10:30 am–6 pm | Sunday, May 21 10:30 am–5 pm

The Very Best Shopping:

The two weekend art and craft shows are located on Reservoir Avenue from South Avenue to the reservoir. Also on Reservoir Avenue is the Lamberton Conservatory, a playground, ATM's, restrooms and food trucks.

The art shows are on both weekends - Saturdays May 13th And 20th from 10:30am-6pm and Sundays May 14th And 15th from 10:30am-5pm.

Visitors can arrive at the art shows with a two-minute walk from the main festival site down South Avenue or on the paths through the lilacs (just follow the signs pointing the way!) or if taking the shuttle from MCC, stay on until the shuttle stop at the corner of South Avenue and Reservoir Avenue.

Art in the Park is a juried show an features the original work of 120 artists from around the country, with jewelry, clothing, ceramics, paintings, soaps, woodwork and much, much more.

It's an enjoyable way to spend an hour or two and perhaps come away with a unique item for yourself or a gift!

Garden Battles:
Saturday, May 13, 2017 Live Action Event From 1:00pm-2:00pm

Cheer on your favorite television and radio personalities as they battle it out in Garden Battles - a fast-paced event inspired by popular reality-based competitions such as Chopped and Iron Chef at this year's Rochester Lilac Festival.

Lilac Parade

Saturday May 13, 10:30am

More than 2,500 participants, including 20 marching bands, dancers, costumed characters, and the popular Damascus mini cars are what makes parade day one of the most special times at the Rochester Lilac Festival.

Parade Viewing:
The Lilac Parade begins on South Avenue at Science Parkway, then travels north on South Avenue to Highland Avenue where it turns south past the lilac gardens before ending at the corner of Highland Avenue and Goodman Street.
For those unable to attend, the Lilac Parade is televised live on Time Warner Cable News. Please check your local listings for the channel in your area.
Bleacher seating is located next to the grand stand on Highland Avenue.

Seniors Day
Wednesday, May 17, 10:30 am–4:00 pm

Main Stage entertainment begins at 10:30 am
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.

Lilac Run:
Sunday, May 21
5K starts at 9:00am | 10K starts at 10:15am
USA Track And Field Certified Course

New This Year:
New race times – We’re starting an hour later!
New Afterparty in front of the Sahlen’s Center Stage
Live music, bagels, Red Jacket Orchard juices, Dunkin Donuts coffee, & snacks are provided
Pancake breakfast, beer, mimosas & bellinis will be available for purchase
Dress to win! $100 Medved giftcard for the best costume

Entry Fee:
Thu Apr 22: 10k And 5k - $38
Thu May 17: 10k And 5k - $33
Thru Race Day: 10k And 5k - $40

Concert Schedule:
Friday, May 12, 2017

6:00pm Start Making Sense

If David Byrne is one of the geniuses of modern times, then Start Making Sense is a tribute to genius. The musicians in this 7-piece Talking Heads Tribute take pride in faithfully recreating the music of Talking Heads entire career.   Together they bring much of the Heads unique live show to the stage, with front man Jon Braun as a spot-on David Byrne,  giving you a “once in a lifetime” experience.  Prepare yourself for a rockin’, funkin’, danceable celebration of the new-wave art punk you loved from the 80’s!

Saturday, May 13, 2017:

6:00pm Get the Led Out

From the bombastic and epic, to the folky and mystical, Get The Led Out (GTLO) have captured the essence of the recorded music of Led Zeppelin and brought it to the concert stage. The Philadelphia-based group consists of six veteran musicians intent on delivering Led Zeppelin live, like you’ve never heard before. Utilizing the multi-instrumentalists at their disposal, GTLO re-create the songs in all their depth and glory with the studio overdubs that Zeppelin themselves never performed. When you hear three guitars on the album…GTLO delivers three guitarists on stage. No wigs or fake English accents, GTLO brings what the audience wants…a high energy Zeppelin concert with an honest, heart-thumping intensity.

Dubbed by the media as “The American Led Zeppelin,” Get The Led Out offers a strong focus on the early years. They also touch on the deeper cuts that were seldom, if ever heard in concert. GTLO also include a special “acoustic set” with Zep favorites such as “Tangerine” and the “Battle of Evermore” being performed in its’ original instrumentation with guest singer Diana DeSantis joining the band.

GTLO has amassed a strong national touring history, having performed at major club and PAC venues across the country. GTLO’s approach to their performance of this hallowed catalog is not unlike a classical performance. “Led Zeppelin are sort of the classical composers of the rock era,” says lead vocalist Paul Sinclair. “I believe 100 years from now they will be looked at as the Bach or Beethoven of our time. As cliché as it sounds, their music is timeless.”

A GTLO concert mimics the “light and shade” that are the embodiment of “The Mighty Zep.” Whether it’s the passion and fury with which they deliver the blues-soaked, groove-driven rock anthems, it’s their attention to detail and nuance that makes a Get The Led Out performance a truly awe-inspiring event!

Sunday, May 14, 2017:

6:00pm Skycoasters with Special Guest – Gene Cornish

Born in 1944, in Ottawa, Canada, Gene and his mother moved to Rochester, NY when he was a young boy.

By 1959, he was 15 and had earned a reputation as a talented guitarist. By then, he was fronting his own band, Gene Cornish & The Satelites, with boyhood friend, Pat Proietti. While attending Ben Franklin High School, he started a vocal group called The Nobles, and eventually put out a few records under his own name.

In 1964, he moved to New York City and was doing double duty in Joey Dee & The Starliters, (who had hit the top of the charts a few years earlier with “The Peppermint Twist,”) and his own group, The Unbeatables. The Unbeatables had a novelty hit with a Cornish song called “I Wanna Be A Beatle.” but lasted only a year.

It was in the Starliters that Cornish met singer and keyboard player Felix Cavaliere, and singer Eddie Brigati. All three left to form The Young Rascals with drummer Dino Danelli. After a short few months playing the NY club scene, the explosive R&B flavored rock band was signed by Atlantic Records.

The band was merely a few months old before critics and fans alike, started to recognize The Rascals. They soon became known as one of the best live bands in America.

Before 1965 was over, the group would start releasing a string of hit songs that would continue for six years….“Ain’t Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore;” “Good Lovin’” “You Better Run” “I’ve Been Lonely To Long,” “How Can I Be Sure,” “A Girl Like You,” “ It’s Beautiful Morning.” “Groovin” and the hopeful anthem., “People Gotta Be Free,” which was written in reaction to the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr. The song obtained a double meaning when Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated before the single was released. It went straight to the #1 position, where it stayed for an astounding five weeks.

In the end, Gene had 18 hits with The Rascals.

But the group’s biggest successes were soon followed by its gradual demise. Brigati left in 1970, and Cornish followed in 1971. The remaining Rascals went in a jazz rock direction, but Cornish stayed true to his love of rock and roll.

The Rascals reunited for one tour in 1988, and then split citing differences with the members. Eventually, the members resolved their issues and, in 1997, were inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. In 2013, Cornish a full-blown Rascals reunion finally happened. Gene participated (with the original Rascals line up) in the acclaimed stage production: The Rascals- Once Upon A Dream, which toured North America after a sold out run on Broadway. Gene is a charter member of The Rochester Music Hall of Fame, class of 2012. and returns home yearly for his annual Thanksgiving Jam Session at Rochester’s House of Guitars. From Bruce Springsteen to John Mellencamp, Gene Cornish has influenced many of today’s biggest rock stars, and he continues to weave the fabric of America’s popular culture

Monday, May 15 And Tuesday, May 16
2:00pm – 6:00pm Curious George Appearances!
Near the Highland Ave/South Ave corner of Highland Park

Tuesday, May 16, 2017:
6:00pm Lettuce

For more than two decades, Lettuce have brought a new vitality to classic funk, matching their smooth and soulful grooves with a hip-hop-inspired urgency and mastery of beat. Now, on their fourth studio album Crush, drummer Adam Deitch, guitarists Adam Smirnoff and Eric Krasno, bassist Erick “Jesus” Coomes, keyboardist Neal Evans, saxophonist Ryan Zoidis, and trumpet player Eric Bloom deepen that sound by channeling the sonic freedom and infectious energy of their incendiary live show.

In recent years, Lettuce have watched their fan base expand as they’ve hit bigger and bigger stages and earned their name as a can’t-miss festival act. And in making Crush, the band had no trouble harnessing the spirit of their explosive live show. “Some of these shows we’ve played over the past couple years have been so amazing, it’s like you go home a different person,” says Coomes. “I’m sure remembering those moments in our minds and our hearts helped bring out something special when we were recording these new songs.”

So while Crush offers everything from all-out party jams to headphone-ready journeys into space funk, each track was born from an unabashed joy and love of live performance. “That energy we get when it’s prime time and we’re about to go onstage and we’re just excited beyond belief—that all came out on this new album,” says Deitch. “There’s a feeling that the band is rising, and it’s a really beautiful thing.”

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

6:00pm Rusted Root

Rusted Root is an American band from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The band achieved fame in 1994 with its platinum-selling album When I Woke, which included hit single “Send Me On My Way.” Rusted Root’s current release “The Movement, means a new work ethic to me – it’s going from the industrial age to the individual spiritual age. I feel everyone should devote all their actions to all that is love, healing and pragmatic. We’re seeing the growing pains of this right now…the world is split…some people are fearful and fighting it with all their might…Rusted Root is trying to help with this…this is our movement!!” shares Rusted Root founder, front man, songwriter, singer/guitarist Michael Glabicki.

Thursday, May 18, 2017:

7:00pm Jonny Lang

Sixteen years ago, at the age of 16, Jonny Lang found incredible success with the release of his major label debut album Lie To Me.  Fame does not seem to have impacted him from being the same country farm boy from Fargo, ND who got his start in the local clubs of Minneapolis.  He survived the passage of youth to adulthood, fell in love, began a family, and in the process passed through the life lessons we all endure.  He has a keen sense of what he aims to achieve creatively, what music means to him, and is focused on the impact that his songs bring to the lives of those that encounter his repertoire.  For Lang, with the release of Fight For My Soul, he is entering a chapter wherein he has found his true voice.

 Lang has been working on the release for three years with Producer Tommy Sims, who co-wrote Eric Clapton’s Grammy winning “Change the World.”  The duo collaborated on the project from the ground up. This grass roots approach was new to Lang, whose four earlier studio albums were written and crafted under the watch of his previous record labels.  It was a welcome change. After Lang released his Grammy winning Turn Around in 2007, he made the decision to forego the major label route and became an independent artist. The first result was 2009’s Live At the Ryman, but Fight For My Soul, by its nature, is his first fully realized artistic achievement through his own label SayRai Music, featuring his own touring band: drummer Barry Alexander, bassist James Anton, rhythm guitarist Akil Thompson, keyboardist Dwan Hill and background vocalist Missi Hale. 

Lang’s full touring schedule as well as making his family a priority in his life, are the primary cause for the length of commitment it took to deliver this album.  He reflects, ” Between being with my family, and being out on the road touring, the last thing you want to do when home is to go and make a record.”

As an artist he has evolved since he began the writing process.  The sound of that evolution is all over Fight For My Soul. “What You’re Looking For” carefully layers banjo, guitars, spacey keyboards and a percussion sample to create a sonic dreamscape for its story of searching for life’s essentials — faith, love, hope. The arrangement of “We Are the Same” evokes the freewheeling spirit of Motown’s Psychedelic Shack era.

The path Lang has been on has brought him the opportunity to interact with some of the most respected legends in music.  On the way up, he shared the stage with The Rolling Stones, B.B. King, Aerosmith, Sting, and Buddy Guy, who he continues to tour with today.  As a 12-year-old, he began a journey in Fargo, ND that has brought him to points across the Globe, and as he looks on the upcoming near-term future, he shares, “With this album, I really look forward to bringing our music to people in places where I’ve never been before.  Music is one of the greatest conveyers of ideas and emotions, and in a sense that doesn’t have as much to do with the individual performing, but the power of the connection.  One of my goals is the music can be a blessing to the people listening to it in some way.  And if Fight For My Soul can help somebody by making them feel better or that they’re not alone, that’s my idea of success for this album.”

6:00pm Quinn Sullivan

Quinn Sullivan has been a music professional for more than 75 percent of his life. He’s shared the stage with Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, Los Lobos, The Roots, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi and Joe Bonamassa, and he opened for B.B. King, who later invited him to play his treasured “Lucille” guitar. He has performed on concert and festival dates throughout the United States – including at storied venues like Hollywood Bowl, RFK Stadium and Madison Square Garden – traveled overseas – performing at both the Montreux Jazz Festival and India’s Mahindra Blues Festival – and played several editions of the Experience Hendrix Tour, backed by Jimi’s original bassist Billy Cox.  He’s also appeared on national TV, with guest appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Oprah, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Conan and twice on The Ellen DeGeneres show.

Yes, Sullivan has packed some extraordinary experience into his decade-long career, and that’s even more remarkable when you consider that he’s only 17. His third studio album, Midnight Highway, was produced by multi GRAMMY® winner Tom Hambridge.  The album is yet another milestone in Quinn’s extraordinary journey, which began with him jamming with the kids music combo Toe Jam Puppet Band at age three, appearing on Ellen when he was six, and being taken under the wing of blues legend Buddy Guy at age eight, whose protégé he remains to this day.

Quinn’s age and enduring relationship with Buddy Guy is certainly notable, but so too is his total dedication to his craft. “I wanted to see how far we could get musically on this album. I had a lot more creative input on this one and was more active in writing, so it’s something of a mixture.  I didn’t want to completely break away from the blues – that’ll always be my home ground – but I just wanted to stretch out.” Quinn confides, “My major goal as an artist is to get into songwriting more,” and he’s well on his way with Midnight Highway, for which he had a hand in writing three of the stand-out tracks, “Eyes For You”, “Lifting Off” and “Going.” 

As a young child, Quinn was brought to numerous festivals and concerts by his music-loving parents.  He was the “kid with the guitar “ in the audience, who would strum along with what was happening on stage.  Through videos, Quinn became enamored with Buddy Guy, so his Dad made arrangements for him to meet his idol when Guy came to his hometown.  Backstage before the show, he asked Buddy to autograph his guitar which, of course, he did — but on condition that the boy play it for him.  That led to Buddy calling Quinn onstage to join him during his set and an unlikely, though solid bond was then formed between the great Chicago bluesman and the eager youngster from Massachusetts.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

6:00pm Zac Brown Tribute Band

ZBTB is the premier tribute to the chart-topping Zac Brown Band. With 12 number-one singles and three GRAMMY wins, the Zac Brown Band is one of the hottest names in the music business and ZBTB is the first and most authentic tribute to their recorded music and live show. Not only does ZBTB capture the sound and creativity of the Zac Brown Band but they bring a similar atmosphere of family to their shows while engaging the audience in a way that is all their own.

From the Zac Brown Band’s 2008 breakout hit “Chicken Fried” to the recent sing-along anthem “Homegrown”, ZBTB plays all the hits any country fan knows and loves. In concert, the Zac Brown Band is well known for their renditions of a diverse set of covers, and ZBTB follows suit. With classics like “Enter Sandman”, “Ants Marching” and “Comfortably Numb” in the set, there’s something for everyone at a ZBTB show.

The members of ZBTB come from a wide range of backgrounds. Some have advanced degrees in music, and some have toured internationally – one even played for the circus. They all share some things in common, though: the brotherhood that only being in a band can bring, and the passion and experience to thrill the audience wherever they go.

From cramped pubs to concert halls, NASCAR races to backyard BBQs, and sand-filled parking lots to ocean-side stages, there are die-hard members of the “ZBTB Social Club” everywhere they’ve played. ZBTB is perpetually performing, and always looking for new places to put their “toes in the water, *** in the sand” and play music together for some new friends.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

6:00pm Turkuaz

Turkuaz is a 9-piece “Powerfunk” outfit from Brooklyn, NY, whose modern take on the classic funk sound has established them as leaders in the funk revolution that’s currently taking place in the genre. Blending elements of Pop, R&B, and Soul with their distinct aggressive funk core, Turkuaz sounds like the musical love child of Sly & the Family Stone and Talking Heads.

With a playful feel that evokes the best of 80s dance music, Turkuaz’s tightly arranged songs are built on thick grooves, driven by powerhouse rhythm and horn sections, as well as four distinct vocalists.

The group’s constant coast-to-coast touring since 2012 has earned them a passionate and dedicated national fan base that’s consistently growing. A dance band at their roots, Turkuaz’s live shows are high-energy, floor-shaking, visually appealing events filled with colorful clothing and choreographed dance moves that always leave attendees wanting more.

Turkuaz’s crossover appeal has never been more evident—from a recent video performance going viral and receiving over 2 million Facebook views, to their music providing the soundtrack to New York Knicks games at Madison Square Garden, to constant rotation on Sirius XM Radio, Turkuaz is, as Relix Magazine says, “on the verge.”

Date: May 12-21,2017

Location: Highland Park, 180 Reservoir Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620

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