It’s been an excellent year for Rochester’s Windstream Party in the Park Series. Finally back in it’s home – the recently revamped Martin Luther King Jr Park (formerly Manhattan Square Park) – the “party in the parking lot” moniker of years past has been shed. The new/old venue is filled with trees and shade, a bowl-like area filled with food vendors, local support acts, local breweries on site, and plenty of parking.
Tonight, August 7, the quintessential Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra will man the main stage for two full sets. With 17 years and over 2000 shows under their belt, there is simply no band on earth that better recreates the live Dead experience for fans new and old. Will they play a classic Dead show or one of their original set lists? Stop down and find out! Only $5 and DSO goes on at 6PM sharp for their first set. Rochester’s Extended Family will provide support before and in between sets in the bowl area. (Don’t get any idea’s Deadheads, this bowl is an architectural one!)
After the show those who still want to dance can walk a half block to The Montage Music Hall and catch two of Rochester’s hottest live acts Ocupanther and Friday in America. Admission is free with a flyer (available at PITP) or a mere $2 if you can’t find a flyer.
On August 14th PITP 2014 will wrap up with millions of peaches. What?? Of course I mean the popular alt-rock of The Presidents of the USA. Also along for the ride will be the slide guitar super group The Slide Brothers (featuring members of Rochester’s own Campbell Brothers) as well as the much buzzed about local alt-rock act Melia.