News Release - Joan Osborne, MC Lyte to Headline Inaugural ROC Womens MusicFest

City of Rochester

News Release 

(Friday, June 16, 2017) – Rochester will hold its inaugural ROC Women’s Music Fest July 21, Mayor Lovely A. Warren announced this afternoon. The event will feature female musical acts, women-owned food trucks and women’s organizations, and is sponsored in part by woman-owned business Dixon Schwabl.

“So many movements in history have been empowered by the music that accompanied them,” Mayor Lovely Warren said. “Despite all the progress that has been made since Susan B. Anthony cast her illegal vote, women are still fighting for equality, therefore the women’s movement continues to be one of the movements of our time. I’m proud to bring the first ever women’s concert to Rochester, which will feature powerful female artists, who bring passion and spirit for change as we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in New York State.”

The festival will be held Friday, July 21 from 5 to 11 p.m. at Parcel 5, and the cost of admission is $5. It will feature national headliners Joan Osborne, MC Lyte and Meshell Ndegeocello, alongside local artists Mikaela Davis and Teagan and the Tweeds.

Sponsors are: Dixon Schwabl, Channel 13 and IHeartRadio.

“We are thrilled to sponsor the City of Rochester’s inaugural ROC Women’s Music Fest,” said Lauren Dixon, CEO of Dixon Schwabl. “As a certified woman-owned business, we honor the women and men who have worked so tirelessly to ensure equality while inspiring future generations. This event is wonderful way to celebrate our incredible City of Rochester and its rich history.”

The event will also give citizens an opportunity to learn about local groups that empower girls and women, including: Girl Scouts of Western New York; League of Women Voters (Rochester Chapter); M/Body Rochester; ROC Girl Gang; Rochester NOW; Women’s Foundation of Genesee Valley; Elizabeth Wende Breast Care and Clinic; and Girls on the Run. Groups interested in participating should contact

The event coincides with the Susan B. Anthony House’s Suffragist City Parade and the VoteTilla’s arrival at Corn Hill Landing. The VoteTilla will have boats filled with historical reenactors traveling along the Canal with programs and events planned at each stop.

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Media contacts: Press Officer Jessica Alaimo, 428-7135



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