ROC Summer Soul Fest Artist Lineup Announced [VIDEO]

May 5, 2023

On Thursday Mayor Malik Evans and Xperience Live Events announced the artist lineup for the 27th ROC Summer Soul Festival. This year the concert series will include four community performances in addition to the 2-day main event at a new location with lower ticket prices.

Roc Summer Soul Festival hosted by Jazzy T


“Rochester is known as a festival town. The Rochester Summer Soul Music Festival is one of the premier Soul and R&B music festivals in the Northeast and the perfect conclusion to the events season here in Rochester” said Mayor Evans.

With a new location in the heart of Downtown (Parcel 5) and a new, lower general admission price at just $25, it’s an event you don’t want to miss. Especially when you can grab a two-day bundle deal for just $39.

Both days will have local food and merchandise for sale.




The festival will kick off at 5pm Friday August 18 with performances by the Eastman School of Music, Anthony Dounte, NA$A Family, Jimmie Highsmith Jr, ADINA HOWARD, TROOP AND BIG DADDY KANE (Mayor Evans’ favorite Hip Hop Artist).

On Saturday August 19th we will be joined by Rod Bonner, Mambo Kings, YO-YO, KID N’ PLAY AND SILK!

Tickets on sale now at

Avoid online fees when you buy in person at the Rochester Broadway Theater League Box Office 885 E. Main Street.

Mayor Evans and his executive staff have already started practicing their Kid N’ Play dance routine!

Leading up to the main event, producers of the Summer Soul Music Festival will host four community concerts to promote the show and giveaway tickets.

  1. June 3 – 19th Ward Square Fair at Aberdeen Square, 373 Aberdeen St.
  2. July 22 – The International Plaza, 828 N. Clinton Ave.
  3. Aug 5 – Pan Afrikan Festival. Highland Bowl, 1137 South Ave.
  4. Aug 12 – David F Gantt R-Center, 700 North St.

See you there!




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