News Release – Lettuce and Joe Samba Close Out the 2023 Party in the Park Season This Thursday

City of Rochester 

News Release

(Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2023) – The final concert in the Party in the Park series, featuring headliner Lettuce and opener Joe Samba, will take place Thursday, Aug. 17, at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park at Manhattan Square, 353 Court St. downtown. Gates open at 6 p.m. and performances will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Lettuce, the iconic funk band known for their infectious grooves and a reputation for delivering high-energy performances, keeps audiences dancing all night long. Lettuce has become a favorite among festival goers and music enthusiasts nationwide. The band’s unique blend of funk, soul, jazz, and hip-hop creates a sound like no other.

Guitar slung low, microphone turned up, and emotion overflowing, Joe Samba taps into rock and roll spirit and reggae soul all at once. The Massachusetts-born singer, songwriter, and guitarist sonically teeters on an axis of island-inflected grooves and gritty guitar-craft balanced by his dynamic vocals.

General admission for Party in the Park is $7 (children 12 and under are free). VIP Ultra Lounge tickets are $32, which includes admission, in advance (while supplies last). Tickets can be purchased at the gate, online at or in-person at the Auditorium Theater, 885 E. Main St. All headlining acts are ASL interpreted.

In addition to live music, Party in the Park features a VIP Ultra Lounge, a Craft Beer Garden, the Wine Time Bar and Bazaar in the Park. The VIP Ultra Lounge provides exclusive front stage access to a space with private restrooms, a full cash bar, table service, chair massage, and also includes a commemorative lanyard.

Craft beer lovers can enjoy the Craft Beer Garden featuring a rotating showcase of New York State’s best IPAs, ciders, stouts and more. The Wine Time Bar will be featuring select wines from Bully Hill Vineyards, prosecco, wine slushies and wine spritzers. There will be happy hour specials at each show from 6–7:30 p.m., featuring $1 off all alcoholic beverages. In addition, select food vendors at Party in the Park will feature happy hour specials.

Bazaar in the Park is a weekly collective of emerging designers, vintage collectors, and artisanal products, creating a community around art, crafts, fashion, and discovery. New vendors will arrive every other week, making Bazaar at the Park a place to discover new, emerging talent and creativity.

Patrons may bring one sealed bottle of water into the Party in the Park concerts. Lawn chairs, bicycles, skateboards, in-line skates, and pets are prohibited. In addition, a strict no-smoking policy will be enforced. Smokers must go to a designated area.

Parking is available at nearby parking garages including the Washington Square Garage, 111 Woodbury Blvd., the Court Street Garage, 194 Court St., and the East End Garage, 475 E. Main St.

Party in the Park is a City of Rochester event produced by Rochester Events | Springut Group Inc. and sponsored by Labatt USA, Genesee Beer, Bully Hill Vineyards, Wilkins RV, McCarthy’s Tents and Events, United Business Systems, Country Inn & Suites Pittsford.

The media partners for Party in the Park are WHEC Channel 10 and iHeart Radio.


The Administration of Mayor Malik D. Evans strives to create a safe, equitable and prosperous Rochester by inspiring hope and delivering opportunity for everyone. Guided by the Administration’s Mission, Vision and Values and the principles of the “Rochester 2034” comprehensive plan, City employees are committed to providing exceptional customer service, transparent stewardship, and collaborative leadership to foster a vibrant community that empowers personal, professional and generational growth for all who live, work or play in the city of Rochester.


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