- One ticket to Rock N Blues Fest
- When: Sunday, August 10, at 6 p.m.
- Where: Genesee Theatre
- Door time: 4:30 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
- $36 for seating in the loge or in orchestra rows B–Z (up to $60.50 value)
- $29 for seating in the balcony or in orchestra rows AA–DD (up to $49.50 value)
- Click to see the seating chart.
Rock N Blues Fest
With the recent passing of legendary blues-rock guitarist Johnny Winter, the Rock N Blues Fest—and the world in general—has lost a great performer, though his music lives on. In tribute, the Fest’s many talented artists will intersperse their own remarkable songs with some of Johnny’s biggest hits, celebrating the musician that Rolling Stone named one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. But perhaps the greatest testament to his talent comes from Edgar Winter. “Johnny has always been, is now, and will forever remain my greatest musical hero of all time,” he declares. “But more than all that, he’s my brother—in family, in music, in life, and beyond. “
- The Edgar Winter Band: the multi-instrumentalist behind “Frankenstein” and “Free Ride,” Edgar Winter was a child prodigy long before he gained acclaim for blurring blues, soul, and rock together
- Vanilla Fudge: considered by some to be the link between psychedelia and early heavy metal, Vanilla Fudge found its footing in the ’60s by transforming such pop hits as “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” and “Ticket to Ride” into acid-rock freakouts.
- Peter Rivera of Rare Earth: rock and funk collided in Rare Earth, who, fueled by drummer/vocalist Peter Rivera, torched the ’60s and ’70s with dance anthems including “I Just Want to Celebrate” and “Hey Big Brother.”
- Savoy Brown’s Kim Simmonds: Welsh guitarist Kim Simmonds formed Savory Brown at age 19, and consistently led the ever-changing lineup through the next four decades, not to mention opening the floodgates for a tidal wave of British blues acts
Originally opened in 1927, the Genesee Theatre closed in 1989 and reopened its doors in 2001 after city funds helped 120 volunteers to restore the theater to its Gilded Age splendor. Its elegant trappings include authentic wall fabrics, an exact replica of the original marquee. But its most notable feature is the 2,200-pound chandelier, which gently spotlights the grand lobby and every audience member passing underneath to show how everyone is a star if you really think about it.
Genesee Theatre began its life with a sellout. Opening its doors on Christmas Day, 1927, it welcomed audiences to four sold-out movie screenings, but those flickering stories weren't the only attraction. A $25,000 pipe organ—and that's in old-timey dollars—immediately caught the eye, while Italian marble, a stunning chandelier, and the building's Spanish Renaissance–style architecture dazzled.
Over the years, many changes occurred, the glamorous quotient rising or dipping with the times and the theater closing altogether in 1989. But when it reopened again in 2004, it was back in full force. Antique chandeliers and fixtures of the period had been brought in from around the country, the luxe carpet had been recreated from a 1927 photograph, and all the dust bunnies had been sent packing with generous severance packages. Yet not all the updates were of the old-fashioned sort: the stage was doubled in size, and cutting-edge technology was brought in to give the theatre's high-voltage visitors, from comedians to musicians, the star treatment.