Lilac Festival

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The Lilac Festival is the latest casualty of closures because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Provided by Blues Traveler

The veteran blues jammers Blues Traveler, the British jazz-funk fusion of the New Mastersounds and the soulful Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears headline the 10 days of the Lilac Festival, running May 8 through 17 at Rochester’s Highland Park.

The Devil Makes Three, an Americana trio from California, plays opening night at the 122nd edition of the annual festival, joined by Miami’s Amigo the Devil.

The rest of the fest:

Organizers of Rochester’s Lilac Festival say that they have made the difficult decision to close the festival on Monday due to the rains over the last several days as well as Monday’s forecast.

Festival Producer Jeff Springut has arranged for the evening headliners, The BB King Blues Band featuring Michael Lee of NBC’s The Voice and Danielle Ponder & the Tomorrow People, to perform at Anthology, located at 336 East Ave in Rochester. Doors at 6:30 pm, and the  show begins at 7:30 pm.

Organizers of the Rochester Lilac Festival have announced a dozen headliners and special guests who will be performing free shows at that festival in May.

Festival Producer Jeff Springut  says they include Roomful of Blues, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, Third World, and several others. 

“We’ve got some blues, we’ve got a little bit of country, we’ve got some reggae, we’ve got some Dave Matthews, we’ve got a nice variety.”

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Classical 91.5 morning host Brenda Tremblay conducts an interview with the Cary Ratcliff, the new artistic Director of Madrigalia. We then preview the Lilac Festival and the artist that will be part of the festivities.