It’s summertime and the living is easy with the surplus of festivals in New York state, promising a nonstop party of bands, booze and food nearly every weekend.
To add to the summer of fun, Rochester recently announced plans for this year’s East End City Celebrations. The free block party kicks off on June 17 and features live music from Big Eyed Phish, Into the Now and the Dirty Bourbon Blues Band.
The first-ever Rochester City Celebrations occurred on Aug. 14, 2015, as a trial run to replace the larger East End festival. Plans were announced last year to retire the event due to rising congestion problems along East Avenue. The scaled-down event features one stage and three bands, along with beer tents and food trucks, with the inaugural lineup including Big Eyed Phish, the Barry Brothers and the Zac Brown Tribute Band.
The first summer Friday night of music will be headlined by Big Eyed Phish, the region’s touring seven-piece Dave Matthews Band tribute act (catch them at Coleman’s in Syracuse on June 16), followed by Into the Now, recreating classics from the Grateful Dead, the Rolling Stones and the Doors, and the Dirty Bourbon Blues Band playing original electric rock and funk.
From Scio Street to Gibbs Street, East End City Celebrations will offer up some of the area’s best eats, craft brew and musical acts local to the Flour City. The summer dates are scheduled from 6 to 11 p.m. on June 17, July 15 and Aug. 19. Stay tuned for the full band lineup.