Lilac Festival announces 2015 music lineup

This year's headliners include Dr. Dog, The Psychedelic Furs, Ana Popovic

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The Rochester Lilac Festival announced the music lineup for its 117th edition, with 65 free shows that will feature a mix of well-known headliners, up-and-coming acts, and regionally-based bands. The 2015 festival will take place Friday, May 8, through Sunday, May 17.

"It's always a delight to plan the musical lineup for the Rochester Lilac Festival," said Jeff Springut, festival producer and president of the Springut Group. "It's a wide-open canvas, a free stage that goes from 10:30 in the morning until 8:30 in the evening."

The headliners anchoring this year's schedule will be: The Outlaws; ZBTB: Zac Brown Tribute Band; The Psychedelic Furs; Dr. Dog; Cracker; Blues Traveler; Rusted Root; Mingo Fishtrap; Charlie Musselwhite; and Ana Popovic.

Beyond the headliners is a group of up-and-coming bands on tour: The Blind Owls; Guthrie Brown and The Family Tree; Pokey LaFarge; Deborah Magone; Adam Ezra Group; Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds; Davina and the Vagabonds; Noble Vibes; Sirsy; The Prickers; and Danielle Ponder & The Tomorrow People.

"Soon our audiences will say, 'I remember when I saw that band at the Rochester Lilac Festival, just before they broke big," Springut said.

The regional acts this year will be: Tommy Brunett; Cool Club with the Lipker Sisters; Natalie B; Fred Vine; Fat City; Anonymous Willpower; Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band; Extended Family; The Buddhahood; Thunder Body; Big Mike & The Motivators; Shine; Prime Time Funk; Joe Beard; The Blind Owl Band; and The Blind spots.

Also, several school choral groups and bands from across the greater Rochester area will perform during the festival.

Music begins daily at 10:30 a.m. (12:30 p.m. on weekend) and continues through 8:30 p.m. Headline concerts begin at 7 p.m. All shows are free. For more information, visit Lilacfestival.com.

The full schedule follows:

Friday, May 8

10:30 am Cosgrove 7th Grade Chorus

11:30 am Passion For Purple Event

12:30 pm TBA

1:00 pm TBA

4:00 pm The Blind Owls

5:30 pm Tommy Brunett

7:00 pm The Outlaws

Saturday, May 9

12:30 pm Cool Club with the Lipker Sisters

1:30 pm Natalie B

2:30 pm The Blind Owls

4:00 pm Guthrie Brown and the Family Tree

5:30 pm Pokey LaFarge

7:00 pm ZBTB: Zac Brown Tribute Band

Sunday, May 10

10:30 am Fred Vine

11:30 am Fat City

12:30 pm Anonymous Willpower

2:30 pm Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band

4:00 pm Deborah Magone

5:30 pm The Blind Owls

7:00 pm The Psychedelic Furs

Monday, May 11

10:30 am Webster Montessori School Chorus

11:00 am Gates Chili Middle School Jazz Band

12:00 pm Bishop Kearney High School: Murder of Crows

1:00 pm Twelve Corners Middle School Jazz Band

4:00 pm Exztended Family

5:30 pm Adam Ezra Group

7:00pm Dr. Dog

Tuesday, May 12

10:30 am St. Joseph’s Elementary School Band

11:00 am Holley Elementary Chorus & Band

12:00 pm School 22

1:00 pm Leroy Central School District Bands

4:00 pm The Buddhahood

5:30 pm Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds

7:00 pm Cracker

Wednesday, May 13

10:30 am Paul Road Elementary School Band

11:00 am Richard Mann Elementary 5th Grade Band

12:00 pm NRCS Select Choir and Wind Ensemble

1:00 pm Twelve Corners Middle School Jazz Band & Select Choir

4:00 pm TBA

5:30 pm Davina and the Vagabonds

7:00 pm Blues Traveler

Thursday, May 14

10:30 am Pal-Mac Select Ensembles

11:30 am Indian Landing Singers

12:15 pm School #19

1:00 pm Northstar Christian Academy

4:00 pm Noble Vibes

5:30 pm TBA

7:00 pm Rusted Root

Friday, May 15

10:30am – 3:00pm Rochester City School District “Bloomin Arts”

4:00pm Sirsy

5:30pm Thunder Body

7:00pm Mingo Fishtrap

Saturday, May 16

10:30 am Clayton Band & Choir

11:30 am Big Mike & The Motivators

12:30 pm TBA

2:00 pm Shine

3:30 pm Prime Time Funk

5:00 pm Joe Beard

7:00 pm Charlie Musselwhite

Sunday, May 17

11:30 am TBA

12:30 pm The Blind Owl Band

2:30 pm The Blind Spots

4:00 pm The Prickers

5:30 pm Danielle Ponder & The Tomorrow People

7:00 pm Ana Popovic

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