News Release -- Final ROC THE PARK Event to Feature Earth, Wind and Fire Tribute

City of Rochester 

News Release


(Friday, August 31, 2018) – The ROC THE PARK Urban Music Festival will continue Saturday with A Tribute to Motown and Soul, featuring Calvin Parmer & The R.B.S. All Star Band, who will perform a tribute to Earth, Wind and Fire. This is the third of three family-friendly ROC THE PARK music festival events held this summer at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park, 353 Court St. Gates open at 3 p.m.

“I would like to invite our entire community to come out and spend one of the final days of summer enjoying Saturday’s tribute to Motown and soul, which is sure to be a crowd-pleaser,” Mayor Lovely Warren said. “ROC THE PARK is just one of the many events that we take great pride in, which ultimately bolster our efforts to create more jobs, safer, more vibrant neighborhoods and better educational opportunities for our children.”

Saturday’s acts are as follows:

  • 4 p.m.: Mitty & The Followers
  • 5 p.m.: Freelance
  • 6 p.m.: Jimmie Highsmith, Jr.
  • 7 p.m.: Jamall Youngblood Band
  • 8 p.m.: Will Holton
  • 9 p.m.: Calvin Parmer and the R.B.S. Band (Featuring Divine Nature)

Entrance is free for kids ages 12 and under. General admission tickets are $6. VIP tickets, which include admission and dinner, are available only at the gate for $25. General admission tickets may be purchased in advance at the Blue Cross Arena Box Office, 100 Exchange Blvd. (no surcharge), or online at (with surcharge). All tickets may be purchased (cash only) at the gate at the corner of Court and Chestnut Streets until 9:30 p.m. for each event.

Guests may bring chairs and one sealed bottle of water per person. Smoking is not permitted in the park. Pets, skateboards, bicycles, in-line skates and drones are not allowed in the festival site.

ROC THE PARK is sponsored by the City in conjunction with Roc Music Entertainment, Carlton Wilcox Live, 103.9 WKDX, Vickers Design Studio and the Minority Reporter.

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