With a local folk and Americana scene brimming with talent, it was only a matter of time before Rochester hosted its own folk festival. A three-day extravaganza at Photo City Improv, the event benefits the work of REACH: Rochester Engaging in Action for the Chronically Homeless. FOLK City features more than six hours of music each night, starting Friday and running through Sunday, including from Buffalo's blues-roots heroes Folkfaces (pictured) and a solo set from its charismatic frontman Tyler Westcott; the old-time stylings of the Ruckus Juice Jug Stompers; Americana tunes by The Crooked North's Jon Itkin and Rita Harris Proctor; and Naples phenom and jack-of-all-trades Aaron Lipp. Be on the lookout for sets from other local mainstays, too, like Mike Brown, Seth Faergolzia, and The Mighty High and Dry — as well as The Neighbors, featuring half of Binghamton breakout band Driftwood.
FOLK City takes place Friday, February 16, through Sunday, February 18, at Photo City Improv, 543 Atlantic Avenue. Starts at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. $15-$20 for one-day pass; $25 for two-day pass; and $40 for three-day pass. heydudeafterhours.com; reachrochester.wixsite.com/reach.