2015 Rochester Free and Cheap Concerts


Someone requested a list like I created last year that had the cheap and free concerts.  I was able to relatively quickly pull together a version for Rochester.  The Bands on the Bricks acts haven’t been announced yet but most venues have published their series.

Here’s a printable  version as well: 2015concerts-bydate

Date Day Artist Venue
6/3 Wednesday Revolver (60’s & 70’s music) Concerts by the
Shore @ Ontario Beach Park (7pm) Free
6/4 Thursday Mounafanyi Hochstein at High
Falls (noon) FREE
6/5 Friday Hall Pass/Me & the Boyz/ Acoustic Crew Park Point (6pm)  Free
6/10 Wednesday Allegro (Jazz, 60’s to 90’s & Latin) Concerts by the
Shore @ Ontario Beach Park (7pm) Free
6/11 Thursday Cammy
Enaharo
Hochstein at High
Falls (noon) FREE
6/17 Wednesday The Coupe Devilles (Party Band) Concerts by the
Shore @ Ontario Beach Park (7pm) Free
6/18 Thursday moe. / Jonathan Scales
Fourchestra
Party in the Park
@ MLK Park (5pm) $5
6/18 Thursday Mambo
Kings
Hochstein at High
Falls (noon) FREE
6/19 Friday Sauce Boss Jazz
Fest Jazz Street Stage (7:30 & 9:30) Free
6/19 Friday The Mavericks Jazz Fest Jazz
Street Stage (9pm) Free
6/19 Friday Spectra Jazz
Fest Jazz Street Stage (7pm) Free
6/20 Saturday The New Mastersounds Jazz Fest Jazz
Street Stage (7:30 & 9:30) Free
6/20 Saturday Blood Sweat & Tears with Bo Bice Jazz
Fest Jazz Street Stage (9pm) Free
6/20 Saturday Goodbyemotel Jazz
Fest Jazz Street Stage (7pm) Free
6/21 Sunday HARD LOGIC Jazz
Fest Lidestri Spirit Stage East Ave & Chestnut (7 & 9pm) Free
6/21 Sunday The Rad Trads Jazz Fest Jazz
Street Stage (7:30 & 9:30) Free
6/22 Monday SIGNIFICANT OTHER Jazz Fest
Lidestri Spirit Stage East Ave & Chestnut (7 & 9pm) Free
6/22 Monday Mike Kaupa Jazz
Fest Library 115 South Ave (noon) Free
6/22 Monday Stephanie Wrembel Jazz Fest Jazz
Street Stage (7:30 & 9:30) Free
6/23 Tuesday JIMMIE HIGHSMITH JR Jazz Fest
Lidestri Spirit Stage East Ave & Chestnut (7 & 9pm) Free
6/23 Tuesday Denny Ziemann Jazz
Fest Library 115 South Ave (noon) Free
6/23 Tuesday New Horizons Vintage Jazz Band/ Music Educators Band Jazz Fest Jazz
Street Stage (7:30 & 9:30) Free
6/24 Wednesday Julie Dunlap (Country) Concerts by the
Shore @ Ontario Beach Park (7pm) Free
6/24 Wednesday ROSES & REVOLUTIONS Jazz Fest
Lidestri Spirit Stage East Ave & Chestnut (7 & 9pm) Free
6/24 Wednesday Mel Henderson Jazz
Fest Library 115 South Ave (noon) Free
6/24 Wednesday Gypsophilia Jazz Fest Jazz
Street Stage (7:30 & 9:30) Free
6/25 Thursday Taj Mahal /
Spirit Family Reunion
Party in the Park
@ MLK Park (5pm) $5
6/25 Thursday Something
Else
Hochstein at High
Falls (noon) FREE
6/25 Thursday TEAGAN & THE TWEEDS Jazz Fest
Lidestri Spirit Stage East Ave & Chestnut (7 & 9pm) Free
6/25 Thursday Doug Stone Jazz
Fest Library 115 South Ave (noon) Free
6/25 Thursday Soul Stew Jazz Fest Jazz
Street Stage (7:30 & 9:30) Free
6/26 Friday Mike Melito Jazz
Fest Library 115 South Ave (noon) Free
6/26 Friday The California Honeydrops Jazz Fest Jazz
Street Stage (7:30 & 9:30) Free
6/26 Friday Los Lonely Boys Jazz
Fest Jazz Street Stage (9pm) Free
6/26 Friday Robin McKelle & the Flytones Jazz
Fest Jazz Street Stage (7pm) Free
6/27 Saturday Robin McKelle & the Flytones Jazz Fest Jazz
Street Stage (7:30 & 9:30) Free
6/27 Saturday Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue Jazz
Fest Jazz Street Stage (9pm) Free
6/27 Saturday Freshly Ground Jazz
Fest Jazz Street Stage (7pm) Free
6/27 Saturday Ikebe Shakedown Jazz
Fest Jazz Street Stage (5pm) Free
6/27 Saturday Bill Tiberio Band Jazz
Fest Jazz Street Stage (3pm) Free
7/1 Wednesday Atlas (Party Band) Concerts by the
Shore @ Ontario Beach Park (7pm) Free
7/2 Thursday Fastball
/ Zac Brown Tribute Band / Jumbo Shrimp
Party in the Park
@ MLK Park (5pm) $5
7/8 Wednesday RPO (Classical & Pop) Concerts by the
Shore @ Ontario Beach Park (7:30pm) Free
7/9 Thursday George Clinton and the
Parliament Funkadelic
Party in the Park
@ MLK Park (5pm) $5
7/9 Thursday Dady
Brothers
Hochstein at High
Falls (noon) FREE
7/10 Friday Tryst/Teagan & the Tweeds/See Alice Park Point (6pm)  Free
7/10 Friday TBA Bands on the Bricks @
Rochester Public Market (6pm) Free
7/15 Wednesday Greece Jazz Band & Mr. Mustard (Beatles Spectacular) Concerts by the
Shore @ Ontario Beach Park (7pm) Free
7/16 Thursday Get
the Led Out 
Party in the Park
@ MLK Park (5pm) $5
7/16 Thursday Talking
Under Water
Hochstein at High
Falls (noon) FREE
7/16 Thursday The
Cottage Pickers
Hochstein at High
Falls (noon) FREE
7/17 Friday TBA Bands on the Bricks @
Rochester Public Market (6pm) Free
7/22 Wednesday The Skycoasters (High Energy Party Band) Concerts by the
Shore @ Ontario Beach Park (7pm) Free
7/23 Thursday Jonny
Lang / The Coup DeVilles
Party in the Park
@ MLK Park (5pm) $5
7/24 Friday TBA Bands on the Bricks @
Rochester Public Market (6pm) Free
7/25 Saturday Neo-soul Roc the Park
Urban Music Festival @ MLK Park ($5)
7/29 Wednesday Dady Brothers Grand Band (Irish) Concerts by the
Shore @ Ontario Beach Park (7pm) Free
7/30 Thursday Victor
Wooten / Aqueous
Party in the Park
@ MLK Park (5pm) $5
7/30 Thursday Laura
Dubin Trio
Hochstein at High
Falls (noon) FREE
7/31 Friday TBA Bands on the Bricks @
Rochester Public Market (6pm) Free
8/5 Wednesday The Invictas (Original Rock & Roll) Concerts by the
Shore @ Ontario Beach Park (7pm) Free
8/6 Thursday Dylan Scott/The Lacs (co-headliners) Party in the Park
@ MLK Park (5pm) $5
8/6 Thursday The
Jane Mutiny
Hochstein at High
Falls (noon) FREE
8/7 Friday R&B Roc the Park
Urban Music Festival @ MLK Park ($5)
8/7 Friday TBA Bands on the Bricks @
Rochester Public Market (6pm) Free
8/12 Wednesday Krazy Firemen (German & Big Band) Concerts by the
Shore @ Ontario Beach Park (7pm) Free
8/13 Thursday Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad /
Driftwood  / Noble Vibes
Party in the Park
@ MLK Park (5pm) $5



2014 WNY concerts by date


Per my husband’s request, I’ve improved my concert list by adding a listing of all concerts by date so you can easily see what’s going on any given day.  I’ve also made a few small corrections to the listings.  Enjoy!

6/23 Updated the listing to include a few missing dates.

2014 WNY Concerts v4.0

Free and cheaper 2014 WNY Concerts


I was excited to see that Big Bad Voodoo Daddy was coming to the Rochester International Jazz Festival this month and even happier to find out it was one of the free concerts.  This got me working on my annual list of free and almost free summer concerts.  It took me a while to get it all together. Some venues are no longer around (Lockport Canal Concert series) but there are new ones to replace it.  Another trend is the slowly rising cost of these events, not surprising given the improvement in the economy.  The 8 page compilation is evenly split between Buffalo-Niagara area and Rochester.  Enjoy and let me know of any events I’m missing.

2014 WNY Concerts v4.0

Note: the version posted here matches the file referenced elsewhere in this blog.

 

 

Busk a move


I’m a huge fan of the City newspaper, and try to pick a copy up whenever I’m out and about.  You can find them in many of the grocery stores, coffee shops and other local venues. You can also get an email notification when a new version is posted online, but I prefer to browse the paper in hardcopy format.

I like to read in City about upcoming events and also enjoy reading the restaurant reviews.  Once in a while I’ll come across an event I’m interested in. The trick is getting a hold of a copy of the paper and finding out about an event in time for me to gather some friends to go see an act or concert.  Last year I saw ads  for the City sponsored 4th annual Best Busker Contest. It was the first time I’d heard of it and when trying to recruit people to go with me I had to describe what a busker is: a street performer.  I managed to get a bunch of people to go and we had a blast.

The Best Busker Contest involves listening to various performers along the East End (most of them are on East Ave.) and voting for your favorites with the guitar picks you can pick up at the City tent. There are also special deals being offered  by various merchants in the area.  Last year we had awesome Mac and Cheese Cups ($1) and sliders ($3) at Ludwig’s Center Stage Cafe (they’re offering the same deal this year). We also stopped for a drink at The Old Toad.

If you’re going to go this year, I recommend getting there early to get something to eat.  The food and merchant specials run 5-9pm, but the performances only run 6-8pm.  Last year we got there at six and were a little pressed to listen to all the acts and fit in time to eat and drink.  There were a variety of instruments being played: guitars, fiddle, banjos, accordian, piano.  It was great to get outside, listen to some local performers and explore the East End. Make plans now to bring your friends downtown on May 1.

Here are some pics from last year’s contest…

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Save the dates


Western New Yorkers make the most of the warmer weather to celebrate life.  There are so many events that go on there’s no way to go to every event but every year I try to make it to some new event for a change of pace.  I’m already starting to hear about upcoming events I’d like to attend and offer for your consideration.

Here’s a calendar of entertaining options to get you out and about, many are free and most are reasonably priced.  Almost all involve music and eating, two of my favorite things.  If you live in Buffalo consider hopping on the thruway to Rochester, it’s only an hour away. Likewise for you Rochesterians.

Best Busker Contest – May 1 – Rochester – listen to street performers and vote for your favorite, local bars and restaurants feature specials – FREE

Lilac FestivalMay 9-18 – Rochester

Rochester Contemporary Art Center 6×6 Show – Works on display June 7 – July 20 – all works are sold for $20 as a fundraiser for the art center – my daughter is submitting this oil and ink piece – $1 (free for members)

Painting Kendra did for the 6x6 show in April 2014Allentown Art Festival – June 14-15 – Buffalo

Artpark Tuesday in the Park and Wednesday concerts – June through August – Lewiston – acts like Boston, Hall & Oates, Sublime, Widespread Panic have been announced so far – advance purchase tickets run $7-12

Party in the Park – Thursdays June through August – Rochester – performers are TBA

Cornhill Arts Festival – July 12-13 – Rochester

Buffalo Garden Walk – July 26-27 – Buffalo – it’s amazing what people do with their backyards and gardens in the city of Buffalo – the banner picture on my blog was taken in the backyard of a Buffalo house – FREE

Finger Lakes Riesling Festival – August 9-10 – Canandaigua

Wingfest – August 30-31 – Buffalo – this is the only event listed that I’ve never been to

Memorial Art Gallery Clothesline Festival – September 6-7 – Rochester

Rochester Fringe Festival – September – 18-27 – Rochester

What are your favorite warm weather events in western NY?

 

Libraries, audiobooks & 7g iPods


I started listening to audiobooks 4 years ago when I began commuting between Rochester and Lockport.  Being a bookworm, I love the ability to fit more books into my schedule.

In November, my Zune stopped playing audiobooks.  Researching the problem on the internet it sounded like the best approach might be to reload the software.  I decided I didn’t want to take the chance of messing with my Zune to the point it wouldn’t play songs anymore.

greenipodnanoIt was time to start using my 7th generation 16Gb iPod Nano for audiobooks.  I had bought the Nano to use at the gym since it was much smaller than my 30 Gb Zune.

Your library will let you download audiobooks as WMA or MP3 files.  While transferring Overdrive WMA audiobooks from a Windows machine to an Apple device isn’t straightforward, I recommend choosing this format because listening to WMA audiobooks on your iPod has some definite advantages. (Note: all these features work on 7g Nano’s but I’m not sure they work on older models.)

1) When you download a WMA, the book will show up as an audiobook on your Nano, allowing you to easily switch between books and music.  With the MP3 format, books will show up as an album, mixed among all your other music on the device.

2) Audiobooks have the capability to be listened to at half and double speed.  I love this capability since it significantly reduces the amount of time to listen to an audiobook.

3) Audiobooks have a “go back 30 seconds” option which is handy when all of a sudden you realize you weren’t quite paying attention.

One advantage with MP3 audiobooks is that my library lets me return them as soon as I’m done.  Otherwise, I have to hold onto my WMAs for the full checkout period (usually I choose 21 days to be sure I can finish the book).  This is not really an issue as my library recently upped to 12,  the number of items I can digitally check out.  It does take significantly longer to transfer WMAs to your Nano, since iTunes has to convert each file/part to a compatible AAC format.

I’m really glad my Zune stopped playing audiobooks so I can now listen to them double speed on my Nano.