No, this isn’t a poorly thought out ad for the Wegmans produce section; it’s your tip that the world’s funkiest band is making their way to Western New York. That’s right, on the heels of Taj Mahal cancelling his appearance at Rochester’s Party in the Park due to health reasons, the promoters scrambled and quickly brought in New York City’s Lettuce as the replacement. That is one hell of a substitution, and while Taj Mahal will certainly be missed, there weren’t many complaints upon his departure.
Lettuce has a head (no pun intended) full of steam. Over the last year or so, the band has been touring more regularly and hitting many regions across the U.S. The band followed up last year’s opening slot performance at Red Rocks with a headlining date there just a couple of weeks back that included the likes of The Motet, Exmag, and DJ Jazzy Jeff. If that momentum wasn’t enough, the band will soon release their latest album. And although the release date hasn’t been established, fans have already gotten an early taste of it as the band has been regularly playing the new cuts.
Thursday’s headlining performance will also include Spirit Family Reunion and Uptown Groove. Lettuce will be bringing it hard as they ramp up for some major festival dates like Electric Forest the following day (June 26) and All Good Music Festival on July 10. Tickets are $5 and you can grab them here or at the gate. If you’re traveling in to the R-O-C, Party in the Park is held downtown at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park at 353 Court St. (corner of Court and Chestnut streets), right near The Strong Museum. The show starts at 5 p.m. with Lettuce hitting the stage at 8:30.
*Special Note: Individual tickets purchased for Taj Mahal on June 25 will be honored for Lettuce or may be returned to the place of purchase for refund until June 30. Refunds can only be made on non-stubbed/attended tickets. Once a ticket is used for entry on June 25, a refund can no longer be issued. Season tickets will be honored for the Lettuce show.