Rochester’s annual Party in the Park concert series is well under way and is poised to offer up some top-notch acts throughout the month of July. This Thursday the 10th brings in two of the country’s top bluegrass acts: Yonder Mountain String Band and Railroad Earth. ROC-city denizens LOVE their bluegrass so make sure to hit this one up early if you want to get in. Yonder kicks things off at 6:30PM sharp and Railroad Earth will take the stage at 8:30PM for this co-headlined event. After the show is done, Florida’s The Heavy Pets will be playing a block away at The Montage Music Hall with local jam machine Haewa. (10-13$, tickets available at the door)
The bluegrass turns to newgrass on the 17th as Minnesota’s high energy Trampled by Turtles headlines the night. Joining them is the legendary funk of New Orleans’s Dirty Dozen Brass Band and local favorites The Prickers. With 30+ years on the scene, the Dirty Dozen will bring the heat no matter what the weather may be.
The 24th brings a big genre switch-up as the self-described “country-punk” of Memphis’s Lucero. Touring behind their 2013 Texas & Tennessee Lucero will be joined by the newly formed super group The Baseball Project. With Mike Mills and Peter Buck of REM fame and Scott McCaughey and Steve Wynn of Dream Syndicate, it’s hard to believe these guys aren’t headlining! The Mambo Kings will start things off. After the festivities be sure not to miss Buffalo’s hottest groove rock export, Aqueous, who will be headlining a show just down the street at The Montage. Rochester’s Ocupanther will open. (8$/10$)
Finishing out the month on the 31st is Dickey Betts and Great Southern. Best known for being a founding member of The Allman Brothers, Betts has toured with his own band since 2000 when he parted ways with the Allmans. Opening things up will be another dose of New Orleans funk: Dumpstaphunk. Featuring progeny of the original Neville Brothers, July will end with what will likely be a legendary crowd for both bands.
Rochester’s Party in the Park is held at Martin Luthur King Jr. Park every Thursday from 5-10PM. All shows are 5$ at the gate or available on Ticketmaster. Stay tuned as continues to be your prime source for Rochester Party in the Park information!