Bands on the Bricks

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The Market's Signature Free Summer Live Music Series

The Public Market--it's not just for morning people!

One of Rochester's most popular FREE concert series, Bands on the Bricks brings the City of Rochester Public Market to the evening set with national-act and local live music on five consecutive Friday nights in July and August.  Food and drink vendors will be on hand to provide the sustenance you need to dance the evening away!  YCHP_MP Tag Logo

Big thanks to YourCare Health Plan for their generous sponsorship of this year's series!  

2019 Schedule and Lineup (all Fridays, 6-10 p.m.)

July 12

Something Else and Junkyardfieldtrip
Also sponsored by The Zone 94.1, Fickle 93.3 and WARM 101.1

Something Else is a cover band dedicated to providing a fun experience at every show. They are a trio that packs a surprising punch. Fueled by powerful vocals and a knack for imitation so great, fans feel like they are listening to the real thing. Something Else truly has something for everyone!  Junkyardfieldtrip has quickly become one of the region's most in-demand, eclectic bands, and was a finalist for City Newspaper's Best of Rochester award for best local band.  In the summer of 2017, the band played the prestigious Fairport Music Festival.  In March 2018, the band signed with Spectra Records and is touring to support the record.


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 July 19

Latino Night 
in partnership with the Puerto Rican Festival  

MC: Franco El Matatan 


Featuring: Geland y Los Alegros, Alicia "La Flautista," 
Banda Light, Sonidos Unidos 



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July 26:    Into the Now  and Dinner and a Movie: Phish Tribute
Also sponsored by WCMF Radio  

Into the Now  plays the best of the Grateful Dead, the Rolling Stones, the Doors, and more. 

DinnerAnd a Movie brings the live Phish Experience. With tunes from all eras and a serious ability to jam, this all-star lineup from Syracuse channels the spirit of the boys from Vermont. 



August 2

American RUSH Tribute LOTUS LAND 
and Bonfire: A Tribute to AC/DC

Also sponsored by Radio 95.1.

American RUSH Tribute LOTUS LAND  brings the force of live Rush to life on stage. Enjoyed by die-hard Rush fans, musicians, and casual music listeners alike, the Lotus Land experience has been heralded as the ultimate celebration of RUSH's musical craftsmanship and spirited performances. 

Bonfire delivers the true sounds ofAC/DC and a total visual experience, with authentic AC/DC instruments and the right amplification for authentic tonal sonic quality. Featuring a fully outfitted Angus Young act with Donnie B. in the proper schoolboy suit, the band’s head-bobbin', hair flyin’, duck-walkin', and note-for-note guitar abilities all blast through their energetic stage show!

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August 9  

Donna the Buffalo 
with opener The Blind Spots

Donna the Buffalo offers everything you want in a roots band—songs that matter, a groove that makes you dance, an audience that spans generations, and a musical voice that evokes a sense of community.  DTB is not just a band, rather one might say that they have become a lifestyle for its members and audiences.  The band has played thousands of shows and countless festivals including Bonnaroo, Newport Folk Festival, Telluride, Austin City Limits, and Philadelphia Folk Festival.  The band founded the famous Grassroots Festival in Trumansburg, New York, in 1991. 


Rules, Regulations and Tips for Attendees

Shows start at 6 p.m., gates open 5:30 p.m.
No shoes, no shirts, no entry.
All bags are subject to search.
No smoking under vendor sheds, or close enough to the sheds that smoke can get underneath.
No pets.
No bicycles inside the event gates (but we encourage you to ride your bike to the events).
No skateboards or in-line skates.
Attendees can bring in one sealed bottle of water per person (no other food or beverages).
No drones.
Seating is limited so consider a folding chair!

More Market Events

Learn about other Public Market Special Events at our main Special Events page.

Vendor Information and Application

If you are interested in vending food and drink or other goods at future Bands on the Bricks events, stay tuned to this page in spring to download the vendor application. Note that space can only be reserved with submission of complete application and payment.


Contact the Market office at (585) 428-6907, or email us at

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