On the first and second weekends of Fringe, the party moves to Gibbs Street, which will be shut between East Ave and Main Street. There you will find FREE music on the Gibbs Street Main Stage, site specific performance, food vendors, and an outdoor bar.
The 2016 lineup is below for a taste of what to expect for the all-new 2017 lineup.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23: 5 - 11pm
5:15pm - Kire Najdovski
Guitarist Kire Najdovski, originally from Macedonia, now lives and plays in the Flower City. He’s played with many local bands, including Al Chez (lead trumpet for THE DAVID LETTERMAN SHOW)) and The Brothers of Funk. ARRIVAL, Kire’s debut solo album, is an all- instrumental rock CD filled with songs and music inspired by his life and encounters over the years in Macedonia and the U.S.
6pm - Grimms ‘Mad Tales
6:40 pm - Funknut
Funknut formed in 2006, when Tony Gallicchio and Tristan Greene started playing together as a keyboard and drum duo. In 2009, bassist Sean Mclay became a permanent member of the band, and good friend Paul McArdle joined in on the guitar in 2010. Being fans of improvisation, each Funknut show is different from the next. Special guests often make their way on stage, ensuring that audiences never know what they’re going to experience.
7:40pm - Significant Other
Significant Other is a blues-based rock band from Rochester, NY. The members of the band are vocalist Jennifer Snyder, guitarist/vocalist Brother Wilson, drummer Joe Lana, electric
violinist/vocalist Perrin Yang, keyboard player Stephen Siegel, saxophonist Zac Walker, and bass player Glenn William. With a variety of tastes and different musical backgrounds, Significant Other creates a unique musical style. Comparisons have been made to such acts as Susan Tedeschi, B.B. King, Van Morrison, and Grace Potter.
8:40pm - The Blind Spots
This all-original, female-fronted, five-piece moxy rock band from Ithaca is driving hard at bigger things and has been busy building an airtight justification for all the buzz surrounding it. The band gets better and better, with its solid-as-a-rock rhythm section, eclectic library of vintage keyboard sounds, bold and inventive guitar stylings, electrifying lead vocals from force of nature Maddy Walsh, and uplifting, infectious songs that leave audiences humming for days.
9:40pm - The Campbell Brothers
The hit from Fringe 2014 returns! The Campbell Brothers present a compelling, rich variety of material from the African-American, Holiness-Pentecostal repertoire with a new twist: the growling, wailing, shouting, singing and swinging voice of the steel guitar, played as you have never heard it played before. “The Campbell Brothers play music that until recently was heard only in gospel churches, with pedal steel guitar lines swooping skyward like a gospel shouter.” — Jon Pareles, The New York Times
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24: Noon - 11pm
12noon – 2pm - Chalk Art
One of the most popular FREE, family-friendly events of the Fringe! Young people “hit the road” and transform Gibbs Street (closed to traffic) into a tapestry of color with the help of mentors from the Carlson MetroCenter YMCA. We bring the chalk, you bring the creativity! Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.
12noon – 11pm - UR Arts Bus
Experience the arts at the University of Rochester – dance, music, theatre, visual art, spoken word and more – all aboard the UR Arts Bus, parked on Gibbs Street. See excerpts from shows, visual art exhibits, or mini concerts. Surprises will abound!
3pm - Blue Falcon
The blue falcon is a magical creature, a rare beast that soars high above the rest. Blue Falcon was realized and channeled by the mere mortal, guitarist John Viviani of Rochester. The Falcon appeared to him in a burst of light-energy and told him to reunite with his friend, Ben Stephanus, a fellow master musician and bassist, to bring forth a style of rock and roll based firmly in the soul.
4:20pm - Cammy Enaharo
Cammy Enaharo shares her stories through a soulful and folksy style with her Baritone ukulele. The 24-year-old singer/songwriter from Rochester started writing songs after she was given a ukulele as a Christmas gift in 2010. She recorded her most recent album, FROM THE GARAGE, at the Green Room with Matthew Ramerman. Cammy enjoys playing locally, but also has plans to venture out nationally.
5:10pm - GIGANTOSAURUS REX
GIGANTOSAURUS REX incites with sound what its name suggests. Rather than overwhelming an audience, though, the sound is inviting – huge and enveloping, and relentless in groove. Each member’s contributions are careful and considered choices that culminate in this unique group sound. Drummer and composer Sean Jefferson, keyboardist Andrew Links, and bassist Tyrone Allen II are all curators and creators of this improvised space, and the result makes you dance ... or think.
6pm - Grimms ’Mad Tales
6:40pm - Champagne Brown
Champagne Brown was just six years old when she started singing ... in church. With a mix of R&B, soul, funk, and rock and roll, she currently performs with local jazz/pop band, The Swooners. She’s also been featured with Bruno Mars’ keyboardist, John Fossit. Her passion for turning the songs of today into funky, dance renditions of her own is what keeps fans coming back for more!
7:40pm - Castle Creek
With hard-hitting vocals and searing blues riffs, Castle Creek furthers the form established by the Tedeschi Trucks Band and the Black Crowes. Award-winning vocalist Kim Monroe and Berkley-trained guitarist Chris Eves can claim multiple EPs, studio albums, Syracuse Area Music Awards, session work, film appearances, and tours with national acts such as Justincase and AMERICAN IDOL. They’ll play their first international festivals this year in Dublin and Osaka in support of Castle Creek’s latest album, THE ONLY LIFE.
8:40pm - Burn it Up
Fusing elements of alternative rock, reggae, punk and ska, Rochester, NY’s Burn It Up is a band that’s hard to classify. Formed by members of club favorite, Mrs. Skannotto, which released three albums and toured with the likes of Less Than Jake, Mad Caddies, Reel Big Fish, The Toasters, Flatfoot 56 and A Wilhelm Scream, Burn It Up will release its debut LP later this year.
9:40pm - KNOWER
KNOWER is an electronic funk-pop duo from L.A. Currently touring in support of their all-new album,LIFE, Louis Cole and Genevieve Artadi’s world fuses dub-step grooves, jazz harmonies, and funk female vocals. KNOWER’s live performance “will be leavin’ ya’ll on your knees, beggin’ for more.” — Quincy Jones