With the headlining acts already announced, the Xerox Rochester International Festival’s bigwigs filled in the remaining blanks with the what’s what of who’s coming to town for the festival’s 16th edition. The 2017 XRIJF takes place Friday, June 23, through Saturday, July 1, in and around Rochester’s downtown.
There are a few past Jazz Fest favorites returning this year, like the lovely vocalist Tierney Sutton, this time interpreting the music of Sting; pianist Monty Alexander; stars of the Nordic Stage Yggdrasil; and the trombone-driven party gone out of bounds known as Bonerama.
Headlining shows at Kodak Hall include Joss Stone, Maceo Parker with the Ray Charles Orchestra, Postmodern Jukebox, Mavis Staples, Sheryl Crow, and King Crimson. The Club Pass series this year offers more than 230 shows, and there are 95 free shows over the 9-day festival.
Like last year, you can save time in line for the early shows at Kilbourn Hall and Max of Eastman Place with the festival's wristband system. The shuttle bus will make its return (route will be announced in June). And here for at least one more year: Parcel 5 will again be the site for the City of Rochester Midtown stage, with two free shows on the festival's last night.
A few changes were announced as well: 2017 marks the return of The Lyric Theatre as a venue, and the nightly jam session will move to the Riverview Ballroom at the Radisson.
The 9-day Club Pass is available for $204, and a 3-day Club Pass is $154. Club Pass shows are $30-$35 cash at the door without the pass. New this year, Club Passes will also have a photo of the holder printed on them.
Headliner tickets, Club Passes, and the complete list of performers can be found at rochesterjazz.com.
Look for CITY’s annual Jazz Festival preview guide on stands June 14.