Rochester welcomes back the “ROC the Park Urban Music Concert Series” for its fourth year, the Summer of 2017. An extension of the successful ‘Party in the Park’ Series, ROC the Park seeks to showcase the Rochester Urban Music scene at its finest. In its first year ROC the park exceeded all expectations with three highly attended and widely praised concerts featuring Neo-Soul, a tribute to Motown and Gospel Artistry.
Now 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.
“ROC THE PARK is an event that families look forward to each summer and we’re happy to continue bringing this great music Downtown,” said Mayor Warren. “Latino Music 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 which ultimately leads to better educational opportunities for our children.”
The City, Carlton Wilcox Live and the Rochester’s Hispanic Heritage Committee will kick off the festival on Saturday, July 8 with Latino Music Night: Nuestros Tesoros Musicales (Our Musical Treasures). This event features all local Latin artists: Trio Los Arpegio; Mambo Kings; 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.
On Friday, Aug. 11 “ROC Rhythm & Groove R&B” will be a neo soul, funk and R&B concert with: Blake Montel (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, Sept. 2. Patrons will celebrate old school funk and Motown favorites with Will Holton (smooth jazz saxophonist), R&B Classics Live with INNERVISIONS (a Stevie Wonder tribute band) and Thomas Rhyant (Sam Cook tribute). The ROC City All Stars 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 $20. 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, Carlton Wilcox Live, 103.9 WKDX and Vickers Design Studios.