Thursday afternoon, amidst the stainless plumbing and tanks full of beer in its various stages at the Genesee Brew House, Lilac Festival Producer Jeff Springut announced eight of this year's Lilac Fest headliners. The 2017 Lilac Festival runs May 12 through May 21 at Highland Park. Admission is free.
Appearing on the Sahlen's Center Stage will be a heady lineup proclaiming 2017 as "Year of the funky jam bands." The rest of the schedule should come together within the next few weeks according to Springut. In the meanby, here's what's what on the headliners.
Friday, May 12: Start Making Sense, a Talking Heads tribute
Saturday, May 13: Get the Led Out, a Led Zeppelin tribute
Sunday, May 14: Gene Cornish with The Skycoasters -- the legendary Rascal and Rochester native backed by this town's premier party band
Monday, May 15: Lettuce, Boston-based jammers augmented with funk and hip-hop
Wednesday, May 17: Rusted Root -- Rochester favorites return ... practically a Lilac Festival tradition
Thursday, May 18: Jonny Lang, a young incendiary modern blues guitar slinger, plays at 5 p.m. And then following at 6 p.m. is Quinn Sullivan, a 17-year-old blues player who gets the thumbs up from Buddy Guy
Monday, May 20: Zac Brown Tribute Band ... a Zac Brown tribute band
Tuesday, May 21:Turkuaz, if you dig Tower of Power then you'll love this blast of what they call "powerfunk"
Punk-metal icon Wendy O. Williams will be inducted into the Rochester Music Hall of Fame on Sunday. Plasmatics guitarist Wes Beech and Rod Swenson, the band's creator and Williams' life partner, talk about the legacy of the singer.