ROC the Park 2017 concert lineup announced

Mayor Lovely A. Warren announced today that Rochester will be rockin’ again this summer with ROC THE PARK Music Festival at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park, 353 Court St. In its fourth year, this family-friendly series features the finest local and regional talent over three days this summer: Saturday, July 8; Friday, August 11; and Saturday, September 2.

Returning this year, the City, Carlton Wilcox Live and the Rochester’s Hispanic Heritage Committee will kick off the festival with Latino Music Night: Nuestros Tesoros Musicales (Our Musical Treasures). This event features all local Latin artists: Trio Los Arpegio; Mambo Kings- (Latin Jazz); La Muralla; Next Level and headliner Orquesta Antonetti. The Orquestra Antonetti group boasts a traditional Latin music sound through its percussion instruments, while incorporating a jazz flare through its multiple horn instruments.

“ROC THE PARK is becoming an event that families look forward to in the summer and we’re happy to bring the music festival to downtown again this year,” said Mayor Warren. “Latino Family Night is a crowd-pleaser, along with two other music-filled days featuring tributes to R&B, Motown and soul. I invite the community to come out and experience the music, dance and have a good time. Special events such as this bolster our efforts to create more jobs, safer, more vibrant neighborhoods and ultimately better educational opportunities for our children.”

The Friday, August 11 concert brings back “ROC Rhythm & Groove R&B” with performances by: Blake Montrel (local R&B); London & Tra Graham (local R&B); Joy Little & Jeames Graham (Whitney Houston Dedication); Shawn Powell (local R&B) and headliner Doobie Powell (R&B/neo soul). Powell is an artist and producer, who has worked with Kelly Price, BSLADE, Harry Connick Jr., Raphael Saadiq and more and has released three independent albums as the founder of Chip Off The Block Productions, LLC.

To celebrate the end of the summer, the highly anticipated, “Motown & Soul Tribute” happens during Labor Day weekend, on Saturday, September 2, and is bigger and better than ever. Patrons will celebrate Motown favorites and soul music with Will Holton (smooth jazz saxophonist); R&B Classics Live with INNERVISIONS (a Stevie Wonder tribute band); Thomas Rhyant (Sam Cook tribute); The ROC City Allstars will play a special tribute to the late WDKX Radio host Tony Boler); and Chaz Bruce will headline the event with a tribute to James Brown.

Gates open at 5 p.m. for all events and the music starts at 6 p.m. General admission tickets are $6 and kids ages 12 and under are free. VIP tickets, which include admission and dinner, are available at the gate only for $14 with general admission ticket. Tickets may be purchased (cash only) at the gate at the corner of Court and Chestnut Streets until 9:30 p.m. for each event. Tickets may also be purchased in advance at the Blue Cross Arena Box Office (no surcharge), 100 Exchange Blvd., or online at www.Ticketmaster.com (with surcharge).

Guests may bring chairs and one sealed bottle of water per person. Smoking is not permitted in the park. Pets, skateboards, bicycles, in-line skates and drones are not allowed in the festival site.

ROC THE PARK is sponsored by the City in conjunction with Roc Music Entertainment, Carton Wilcox Live, 103.9 WKDX and Vickers Design Studio.

For more information, call 503-6270, email carltonwilcoxlive@gmail.com, or visit www.cityofrochester.gov/rocthepark or www.rocthepark.com.

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