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Area Activity Guide: Rockin’ Rochester Weekender

July 2019

Ready to Rock, Rochester?

Crowd-pleasing outdoor shows are great, but when you really want to Rock Rochester, it’s a bit more of a production. Enter Rockin’ Rochester Productions, which has brought together 12 bands, 8 DJs, and a late-night dance party for two glorious summer nights of Rock ‘n’ Roll – right here in Rochester. Performers will be coming from near, far, and across the border to celebrate the legacy of two iconic clubs – New York’s CBGB and Rochester’s Scorgies. It’s all going down during the Rockin’ Rochester Weekender at Photo City Improv on Atlantic Avenue, Friday and Saturday, July 26th & 27th.

Music & More

In addition to live performances, you can expect DJs spinning rare, hard-to-find, danceable records late into the night. There will be plenty of retro ephemera from Nostalgia Inc., Retro-Verte, and One Round Jack. Sticky Lips will be offering both carnivorous and vegetarian concessions, too. It all adds up to a “fun, joyous celebration of the spirit of garage rock.”

Two nights of Rock’n’Roll!


Bands: THE FLESHTONES (NYC), The Hi-Risers, The Elevator Operators (NYC), Harmonica Lewinski, Aweful Kanawful, Dangerbyrd, Beef Gordon

DJ’s: The 45 Kid, Bad Wolf, El Destructo

Late Night Dance Party DJ: Pat K (WFMU)


Bands: DIRTY FENCES (NYC), Bloodshot Bill (Montreal), The Surfrajettes (Toronto), The Fox Sisters, The Brooklyn Bluebirds (NYC), Televisionaries, The Low Spirits

DJ’s: Dan Frank, CalZone!, J Bone

Late Night Dance Party DJ: Drew Redmond (NYC)

Get more info on all the bands here. You’ll find itineraries and much more on the Rockin’ Rochester Weekender Facebook page. Get your tickets at EventBrite.