Headliner: John Mooney and Friends
Friday August 28: Son in Rochester
|12:00pm||Fielding Stage||Open Mic: Stories About Rochester’s Adopted Son
Son House touched the lives of many in Rochester and throughout the world. Geva’s Director of Education and Artist in Residence Skip Greer emcees this opportunity to share these stories with each other.
|2:30pm||Wilson Stage||Celebrating Rochester’s Blues Roots
Son House’s time in Rochester left an indelible mark on the vibrant local music scene. We’ll hear from some of Rochester’s great blues musicians, including The Crawdiddies and Steve Grills and the Roadmasters.
|4:00pm||Lobby||The Bop Shop at Geva
From 4-10 each day of the festival, visit The Bop Shop’s mobile store in the lobby to purchase CD’s, books, posters and more!
|5:00pm||Corner of Grieg and Clarissa St.||Dedicating the Mississippi Blues Trail Marker
If you are a blues fan, you might make the trek through all of the Blues Trail Markers in the state of Mississippi. If you’re avery dedicated blues fan, perhaps you’d visit the 12 – soon to be 13 – trail markers denoting significant places in blues history that are outside of Mississippi. And as of today, if you want to claim that you’ve completed the whole trail, you’ll have to visit Rochester’s Corn Hill District to commemorate his time in Rochester, from 1943-1976. Today’s event will dedicate this marker to his legacy and ensure that the legacy lives on for generations to come.
No reservations required
|5:30pm||Bernunzio’s Uptown Music
122 East Ave.
|Happy Hour with Genesee Johnny and Gordon Munding, with food provided by Stromboli Express
No reservations required
|6:00pm||Fielding Stage||Workshop: Blues Harp with Jerry Portnoy
Blues harpmaster Jerry Portnoy has shared the stage with Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton and other music giants.Bring your harmonica and join your fellow blues players in a workshop with Jerry Portnoy. Open to all experience levels.
|8:00pm||Wilson Stage||Concert – John Mooney and Friends
Throughout the years John Mooney has developed one of the most distinctive and easily identifiable guitar and vocal signatures of anyone alive today. Guitar Player Magazine says “John Mooney’s music is thicker than sweet potato pie and spicier than okra gumbo. His phrasing, timing and tone are the stuff dreams are made of, and he plays with a conviction born of endless nights in steamy Louisiana bars.” And Esquire Magazine dubbed Mooney “The King of white blues. John will be joined by fellow remarkable Rochester musicians Joe Beard, Brian Williams, Fred Vine and Rockin’ Red, all of whom played with, and were subsequently influenced by Eddie “Son” House.
|Post show||Fielding Stage||Jam Session: Join Genesee Johnny as he emcees this jam session, open to anyone at the festival who’s been inspired to play a song or two!|