SummerFest to feature TGT, Kelly Rowland

03:57 PM, May 10, 2013

TGT (recording artists Tyrese, left, Ginuwine and Tank) will headline SummerFest this year. Here, they are performing at the Soul Train Awards. (ISAAC BREKKEN/Getty Images for Centric)/


Written By Jeff Spevak | Staff music critic

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.