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Lilac Festival headliners announced

Lilac Festival headliners announced

Rochester Lilac Festival organizers have announced 19 headliners and special guests to perform free shows at the 121st annual event this May.


“The Rochester Lilac Festival is known for bringing talented performers to Rochester right before, and in some cases right as, they’re stepping into the big-leagues,” festival Producer Jeff Springut said Tuesday. “Visitors come from all over to see their favorites and to experience up-and-comers at the festival, because you just can’t beat a free outdoor show surrounded by Rochester’s treasured and fragrant lilac collection.”

This year’s headlining acts include:
• Yonder Mountain String Band – May 10
• The New Mastersounds – May 11
• Big Something – May 12
• BB King Blues Band, featuring Michael Lee of NBC’s The Voice – May 13
• Julian Marley – May 14
• Lee Rocker of The Stray Cats– May 15
• Maceo Parker – May 16
• Classic Albums Live I Led Zeppelin II – May 17
• Zac Brown Tribute Band – May 18
• The Lizards – Phish Tribute Band – May 19
• Big Eyed Phish – The Dave Matthews Tribute Band – May 19
• Special Guest ARTHUR (PBS Kids, sponsored by WXXI) – May 13 and 14

Supporting talent includes:
• Willie Nile – May 11
• Kat Wright – May 12
• Danielle Ponder and the Tomorrow People – May 13
• Eli “Paperboy” Reed – May 15
• Cory Wong from Vulfpeck – May 16
• Alyssa Trahan – May 19
• The Blind Owl Band – May 19

Festival officials said there will be 70 group performances at this year’s event, which takes place from May 10 through May 19. Some 500,000 people are expected to be entertained by musicians this year. It is the largest festival of its kind nationwide.

A limited number of tickets are available per day for the Recipe 21 VIP Ultra Lounge and the new Party Deck, another way for guests to enjoy the music, complete with a tented full bar and private restrooms. Tickets go on sale March 7 at 10 a.m.

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