Rochester Lilac Festival organizers announced 15 headliners and special guests to perform free shows at the 120th annual event May 11-20.
This year’s festival will continue the tradition of bringing performers to the Sahlen’s Center Stage to entertain the more than 500,000 annual visitors. In total, 60 performances will take place over the course of the 10-day free festival, the largest of its kind in the country.
“The Rochester Lilac Festival is known for bringing talented performers to Rochester right before, and in some cases right as, they’re stepping into the big-leagues,” said Festival Producer Jeff Springut. “Visitors come from all over the country to see their favorite bands here because you just can’t beat a free performance with great friends, excellent food and a picturesque spring backdrop.”
2018 Rochester Lilac Festival headliners and special guests: The Devil Makes Three, May 11; Al Copley Band with Greg Piccolo and Doug James of the Original Roomful of Blues, May 12; Quinn Sullivan, May 12; Parsonsfield, May 13; Zac Brown Tribute Band, May 13; The Record Company, May 14; Third World, May 15; Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, May 16; Uprooted featuring Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root, May 17; Smooth Hound Smith, May 18; The Wood Brothers, May 18; Mingo Fishtrap, May 19; Driftwood, May 20; and Big Eyed Phish, May 20.
Rochester Lilac Festival also announced a new feature for music lovers — the VIP Ultra Lounge Experience. These special tickets offer an upgraded viewing experience from the traditional free general admission that festival goers have been enjoying at the Sahlen’s stage for decades. The experience will include front stage access; in-tent and outdoor Lounge Area; full, private cash bar; air-conditioned restrooms; commemorative lanyard; and food for purchase inside VIP tent.
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