Check out the Rochester Lilac Festival free music lineup

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Blues Traveler, the Zac Brown Tribute Band and UpRooted with Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root are among the music acts that will headline the 2022 Rochester Lilac Festival, organizers and local officials announced Wednesday.

It’s the first time since 2019 that the event will feature free concerts.

“Safely bringing back our free live music concert series is something that we have looked forward to since the start of the pandemic,” said Jeff Springut, whose Springut Group produces the festival, now in its 124th year, in Highland Park.

The 2020 festival was canceled because of the public health crisis and was scaled back in 2021, when ticketed shows were staged in tents.

Blues Traveler is one of the headlining music acts for the 2022 Rochester Lilac Festival.
Blues Traveler is one of the headlining music acts for the 2022 Rochester Lilac Festival.

Like last year, the festival will be held on three consecutive weekends instead of 10 consecutive days: 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday, May 6 to 8; Thursday through Sunday, May 12 to 15; and Thursday through Sunday, May 19 to 22.

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Performances will take place on the Center Stage, which is in the park near 1440 South Ave.

The headliners are:

  • Blues Traveler at 7 p.m. Friday, May 6

  • Zac Brown Tribute Band (double set) at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7

  • Driftwood at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 8

  • Black Joe Lewis and the Honey Bears at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12

  • UpRooted with Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 12

  • Blue Sky Brothers at 7 p.m. Friday, May 13

  • Low Cut Connie at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14

  • Seven Wonders at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 14

  • Workingman’s Dead at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 15

  • Into the Now at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 15

  • Anders Osborne at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 19

  • Jackie Greene at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 19

  • Ripe at 5 p.m. Friday, May 20

  • Aqueous at 7 p.m. Friday, May 20

  • Bumpin Uglies at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21

  • Big Eyed Phish at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 21

  • Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 22

The festival is bringing back its VIP High Spot Party Deck this year. Perks for ticketed guests include front stage access, lounge areas in tents and outdoors, a full cash bar, private climate-controlled restrooms, and free chair massages and snacks. Tickets (starting at $35) are available at eventbrite.com.

In addition to the headliners, five to six daily supporting acts will play free shows throughout festival operating hours. Confirmed performers include Steve Grills, Junk Yard Field Trip, Teagan & The Tweeds, Texas King, and The Collection, among others. There also will be performances by Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra musicians and young artists from the Rochester City School District, led by RPO trumpeter Herb Smith and the Eastman School of Music Lilac Quintet. In addition, the festival will feature youth musicians (ages 11 to 21) that make up Elvio Fernandes’ ROC Star Academy.

For full festival details, go to rochesterevents.com.

Reporter Marcia Greenwood covers general assignments. Send story tips to mgreenwo@rocheste.gannett.com. Follow her on Twitter @MarciaGreenwood.

This article originally appeared on Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: Lilac Festival free concerts 2022 include Blues Traveler, UpRooted