2013 Free and cheap Rochester / Finger Lakes concerts


Last week I posted about free and cheap concerts in Buffalo and the western NY area.  This week it’s time to feature free and cheap concerts in the Rochester and Finger Lakes region.  While there are some acts performing in both, there are quite a few you’ll only see once.  Get out and enjoy some new (or old) music.

Finger Lakes Free Summer Concert Series (Wednesdays 7pm) Free
Location: Finger Lakes Racetrack

Artist Date
REO Speedwagon June 19
Charlie Daniels Band July 17
Gretchen Wilson August 7

Bands on the Bricks (Fridays 5-10pm) Free
Location: Rochester Public Market

Artist Date
Donna the Buffalo July 12
Los Lonely Boys July 19
Felice Brothers July 26
Latin Night August 2
The Sound Remains the Same performing the music of Led Zeppelin August 9

partyparkParty in the Park (Thursdays 5-10pm) $2

$15 Party Pass for all 10 shows
Location: Court St & Exchange Blvd across from Blue Cross Arena

These events also feature more than a half dozen food trucks.

Artist Date
Blues Traveler June 6
Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes June 14
Moe. June 20
Puddle of Mudd June 27
Dawes July 4
John Brown’s Body + The Skatalites July 12
Great Big Sea July 18
Leon Russell July 25
The Head & the Heart August 1
John Hiatt & the Combo August 8

Hochstein at High Falls (Thursdays 12:15pm) Free
Location: Granite Mills Park

Artist Date
Thunderbody June 9
The Dady Brothers June 16
Katie Ernst June 23
Windsor Folk Family June 30
Po’Boys Brass Band July 14
Fred Vine and Brian Williams July 21
Mambo Kings July 28
The Moho Collective August 4
CASH Back August 11
Walri August 18

Concerts by the Shore (Wednesdays 7-9pm*) Free
Location: Ontario Beach Park

Artist Date
The Gateswingers (Big Band Music) / The Hotflash Dancers June 5
Julie Dunlap (Country) June 12
The Orient Express (Top 40) June 19
Brass Taxi (Pop & Dance) June 26
Allegro (Jazz, 60s to 90s Latin) July 3
7:30PM Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (Classical Pop) July 10
Dady Brothers (Irish Folk Music)
Charles Young School of Irish Dance
July 18
The Skycoasters July 24
Greece Choral Society (Vocal) / Greece Jazz Band (Jazz) July 31
The Invictas (Original Rock & Roll) August 7
Krazy Firemen (German & Big Band) August 14
Atlas (Party Band) August 21
Ruby Shooz (50’s & 60’s Rock & Roll) August 28

Center Stage at Center Park (Sundays 6-8pm) Free

Location: Perinton Center Park Amphitheatre

Artist Date
Prime Time Funk July 7
Bill Welch Band July 14
Smugtown Stompers + Eastside Swingtet July 21
Bobby Henrie and the Goners + Inside Out July 28
Paulsen Baker & Garvey with Al Keltz & Carol Mulligan August 4
Northside Johnny August 11
RPO Marimba Bank + Filigree August 18
John Coles Blues Bank August 25
A Salute to America featuring the Perinton Concert Band September 8

Park Point Concerts (Fridays 6-11pm) Free

Location: Park Point at RIT

Artist Date
Brass Taxi + Push + Jeff Cosco Banditos June 7
Springer + Bonfire + Tryst July 12
North Side Johnny + Catch 22 + Hall Pass August 16
Zac Brown Tribute Band + Teagan & the Tweeds + Polluted Moon September 13

Rochester International Jazz Festival (June 22-30) Free
Note: There are multiple venues offering free music at the Jazz Festival but I have only featured some of them.

Location: Multiple locations in downtown Rochester

Artist Date
Josh Panda & The Hot Damned June 21 7:00pm
DR. JOHN June 21 9:00pm
The Coupe De Villes June 22 7:00pm
DELBERT McCLINTON June 22 9:00pm
Bill Tiberio Band June 23 7:00pm, 9:00pm
Violet Mary June 24, 7:00pm, 9:00pm
Calle Uno June 25 7:00pm, 9:00pm
Jimmie Highsmith Jr. Experience June 26 7:00pm, 9:00pm
Gem City June 27 7:00pm, 9:00pm
The James Hunter Six June 28 7:00pm
SHARON JONES & THE DAP KINGS June 28 9:00pm
Thunder Body June 29 7:00pm
Mingo Fishtrap June 29 7:00pm
MONTY ALEXANDERS HARLEM-KINGSTON EXPRESS June 29 9:00pm
TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE June 29 9:00pm
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