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Rochester Announces Party In The Park Line-Up

A diverse collection of music, from rock to reggae, funk, gospel and even a band that just plays baseball songs. That's all part of this year's Windstream Party in the Park concert series in Rochester which sees some changes from last year.

For one thing, the venue moves back to Martin Luther King Jr. Park at Manhattan Square where it began 18 years ago. Since 2008 it has been  at the corner of Exchange Boulevard and Court Street. And with new venue comes a change in ticket prices. Last year, most tickets were $2,  with some limited seating available for $5.  This year, the fee is $5 for everyone, and children under 12 get in free. A 'party pack' of tickets to all nine concerts with access to an express line is available for $35 (a $10 savings).

Mayor Lovely Warren told WXXI News she does not feel the higher ticket price will discourage people.

"Not at all, I think we have some great acts that we've lined up and five dollars is really a treat for everyone and for people 12 and under it's going to be free and so we are encouraging families to come out and enjoy a night of entertainment."  

Warren says the higher fee is related to the cost of putting on the concerts and related promotions.

Here's the line-up:

*             The Wailers (Reggae, formed by the remaining members of Bob Marley & The Wailers, following the death of Bob Marley), June 19;

*             Lucinda Williams (American rock, folk, blues and country music singer and songwriter), June 26;

*             Drive-by Truckers (alternative country/Southern rock band based in Athens, Georgia); Tommy Brunett, July 3;

*             Yonder Mountain String Band (American progressive bluegrass); Railroad Earth (Americana-based newgrass), July 10;

*             Trampled By Turtles (American roots); Dirty Dozen Brass Band (New Orleans, Louisiana, brass band), July 17;

*             Lucero (country-punk rock); The Baseball Project (a supergroup composed of Peter Buck, Mike Mills ((both of R.E.M.)), Scott McCaughey, Steve Wynn ((Dream Syndicate)) and Linda Pitmon), July 24;

*             Dickey Betts and Great Southern (Southern rock, founding member of The Allman Brothers Band); Dumpstaphunk (funk band from New Orleans featuring Ivan and Ian Neville, the next generation of the famous Neville Brothers), July 31;

*             Dark Star Orchestra (Continuing the Grateful Dead concert experience), August 7; 

*             Presidents of the USA (twice Grammy-nominated American alternative rock band from Seattle, WA); The Slide Brothers (slide guitar super group featuring Rochester's own Campbell Brothers), August 14.  


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Randy Gorbman is WXXI's Director of News and Public Affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.