SummerFest to feature TGT, Kelly Rowland
03:57 PM, May 10, 2013
Kelly Rowland and TGT the R&B supergroup of Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank headline the second Rochester SummerFest.
The a July 12-14 weekend also includes an opening night with the veteran R&B group The Whispers, a basketball tournament and a couple of parties scattered throughout downtown Rochester.
“I have watched the evolution of this event with great interest,” Loretta Scott of the Rochester City Council said at the Friday-afternoon press conference announcing the event. “Sometimes with a skeptical eye.”
She was referring to SummerFest’s predecessor, the once-promising Rochester MusicFest, a brand deemed irreparably damaged after a series of disastrous summers. The event was turned over to local promoter Eddie Hammonds last year and underwent a significant makeover, starting with the name. “I think there was a sigh of relief,” Hammonds said after last year’s event seemed to save the foundering event.
The SummerFest music:
An old-school soul show with The Whispers and Lenny Williams, 7:30 p.m. July 12 at the Auditorium Theatre, 885 E. Main Street. Tickets ($25 and $30) go on sale May 17 at the Aud box office, Mad Flavors and People’s Choice Kitchen.
The TGT Tour (Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank), former Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland, Fabolous and Chrisette Michele, 7:30 p.m. July 13, Blue Cross Arena at the Community War Memorial, 1 War Memorial Sq. Tickets (ranging from $15 to $75) go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday at ticketmaster.com, (800) 745-3000 and the box office.
The basketball tournament at the Thomas P. Ryan Community Center, 530 Webster Ave., starts at 6 p.m. July 12. About three dozen teams made up of high-end street players, former college players and a few former NBA pros will compete throughout the weekend, with the title game held July 14 in the Blue Cross Arena at the Community War Memorial.
The SummerFest weekend also includes a July 11 networking day party at One Restaurant & Lounge, a July 14 “All-White” social affair at Max at High Falls and a celebrity basketball game with NFL players and hip-hop performers. For more, check cityofrochester.gov/summerfest.