News Release - Mayor Thomas S. Richards Announces Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes to Headline Windstream Party in the Park Thursday

City of Rochester

News Release

(Tuesday, June 11, 2013) – Mayor Thomas S. Richards announced today that Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, with special guests Teagan and the Tweeds and the Brian Lindsay Band, will be performing at Windstream Party in the Park Thursday.

Windstream Party in the Park will take place every Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m. through Aug. 8 at the Riverside Festival Site at the corner of Court and Exchange streets. The popular outdoor concert series brings more than 20 national and international music acts to Downtown Rochester.

“Windstream Party in the Park has grown into one of the most prominent features on the extensive list of ‘must do’ events of a Rochester summer,” said Mayor Richards. “I want to thank promoters Gerard Fisher and Dan Smalls for putting together a great program of music and activities for the 2013 season, and I want to thank all of our sponsors for reinforcing Rochester’s standing as the entertainment capital of our region. I am particularly grateful to Windstream for once again demonstrating its commitment to Downtown Rochester by taking on the role of presenting sponsor.”

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes first achieved prominence in the mid-1970s. With a classic blend of hard-core R&B and s treet-level rock, Johnny and his Jukes continue to put their unique stamp on their Jersey Shore sound. Molten grooves, soulful guitar licks and a blistering horn section recall the glory years of Otis Redding and similar Stax Records titans.

Teagan and the Tweeds is a six-piece ensemble that includes a Hammond organ, a pedal-steel guitar and a blues-country-folk vibe that fills just about any venue. With their consistently high-energy performances and wide-ranging musical appeal, Teagan and the Tweeds have amassed an impressive following in and around Rochester, attracting new admirers at every show.

Local favorite Brian Lindsay is a roots rocker who’s been described as an artist hitting his stride poised for a breakout year with two solo albums, “Esperanza” and “The Crossing.”

New to Windstream Party in the Park this year is a “village” area with a premium seating section, an art-gallery tent to go along with local food trucks and local beverage options and street performers including Riley Schillaci, Amanda Ashley and Kozy Soul.

General admission to Windstream Party in the Park is $2 and free for children under 12. Admission for the expanded seating area is an additional $3 for all ages.

Tickets may be purchased online at with an associated service fee, or at the Blue Cross Arena with no service fee. Tickets are also available at the gate.

Parking is available on-street and at nearby parking garages, including the Court Street Garage, 194 Court St. and the Sister Cities Garage, 28 S. Fitzhugh St.

Windstream Party in the Park is sponsored by the City of Rochester with corporate support from Windstream, Genesee Brewing Company, Rohrbach Brewing Company, Labatts Blue Light, Nathaniel’s Pub, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, 96.5 WCMF, 92,5 WBEE, 98PXY, 98.9 The Buzz.

The remaining 2013 lineup of Windstream Party in the Park includes:
• June 20: moe.;
• June 27: Puddle of Mudd;
• July 4: Dawes;
• July 11: Island Reggae Fest featuring John Brown’s Body and The Skatalites;
• July 18: Great Big Sea;
• July 25: Leon Russell;
• Aug. 1: The Head and the Heart;
• Aug. 8: John Hiatt and the Combo.

For more information, visit or call the City Special Events office at 428-6690.


News media: For more information, contact the Bureau of Communications and Special Events at 428-7135.