Following the end of the East End Music Festival’s 25-year run, a smaller City Celebration event is set to step in as a replacement on Friday, August 14.
The event will feature live music from local acts Dave Matthews tribute band Big Eyed Phish, roots rock group The Barry Brothers, and The Zac Brown Tribute Band on a single stage at the intersection of East Avenue and Scio Street. The City Celebration event will differ from the East End Festival in several ways, but perhaps most notable is the elimination of an entrance fee.
“There will be no cover,” says Michael O’Leary, event organizer and owner of Temple Bar & Grille. “The goal is to get everybody to check out the local bars and restaurants in the East End.”
With that in mind, the City Celebration will sacrifice food trucks and vendors. However, O'Leary hopes that, if the event is successful, City Celebrations will take place on three or four nights throughout the year in the future.
City Celebration begins at 6 p.m. in Rochester's East End.