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2017 Corn Hill Arts Festival Music Line-Up Announced

Rochester, NY, June 6, 2017 – The 49th Annual Corn Hill Arts Festival, presented by ESL Federal Credit Union, will be held on July 8th & 9th 2017.  The Festival is a Rochester tradition that celebrates art in a variety of mediums. This year’s Festival will have a renewed emphasis on music, featuring 25 free performances on four stages throughout the two-day event. With such a variety of performances to choose from, visitors will have an opportunity to enjoy  jazz, R&B, funk, soul, gospel, and folk and more.

The Corn Hill Arts Festival is honored to have Miller and The Other Sinners as the Festival’s featured headliner entertainment act for 2017 on the SBH Main Stage.  This nationally touring Southern Soul band, brings a blend of gut-bucket delta grit, Memphis soul, gospel spirit and funky rhythm and blues to the stage.

Lyin’ Eyes, an Eagles tribute band, featuring talented musicians from the Rochester area, will recreate a selection of memorable favorites to kick off the weekend on the SBH Main Stage.

Saturday afternoon’s SBH Main Stage performance will include Prime Time Funk with special guest, Rochester’s Todd East. This ten-piece band is a powerhouse of music and will deliver a unique combination of jazz, funk and R&B. Todd East’s vocals and talented keyboard work will bring an added dimension to this performance.

The 585 Magazine Avery Mall Stage’s Saturday line-up will feature Into the Mind a multi-genre trio ranging from hard rock, to progressive rock with hints of jazz. Into the Mind is a young group that knows how to excite audiences with a fresh sound, personality, and overall love for music.  The Corn Hill Arts Festival is proud to showcase the band as one of the two emerging artists invited to perform for 2017.

Sunday’s highlight at The 585 Magazine Avery Mall Stage is Starling, a singer who invites the audience to experience her music with alluring, sweet, yet surprisingly powerful vocals.

The Labatt Blue Light Gazebo Stage on Saturday will feature Los Blancos. In one performance, they’ll rip through Blues, Soul, Rockin’ Zydeco, Latin, Outlaw Country, Heavy-One Funk, Folk. Touring for over a decade, they’ve rocked thousands of shows, and logged tens of thousands of miles, reveling in a genuine passion for creating music.

Sunday on the Labatt Blue Light Gazebo Stage promises a special treat for music lovers as the CHAF Jazz Trio Surprise hits the stage with three world-class jazz musicians. Full details will be announced on June 28th.

Todd East’s Billy Joel Tribute Show will hit the Labatt Blue Light Gazebo Stage and will be accompanied by various members of Prime Time Funk and Me and The Boyz. This will be a one-time performance that has been two years in the making.

Rochester Woman Online Porch at 27 Atkinson Street Stage will present a variety of genres, featuring Fatima Razic on Saturday. Fatima is an infectious singer, songwriter, looping artist, and beat-boxer. Her talent and energetic performances have made her a favorite in the Rochester, NY music scene.

The Davines, a father and son duet, will round out the weekend at the Rochester Woman Online Porch at 27 Atkinson Street Stage with their unique sound that blends folk, blues and jazz.

The complete lineup and details is available at

The Festival’s media kit can be found at

Funds raised during the Corn Hill Arts Festival through sponsorships, vendors and exhibitors are disbursed by the Corn Hill Neighbors Association for a variety of community needs. Festival funds are also used for protecting and promoting the historical character and beauty of the area. The Corn Hill Neighbors Association encourages cultural diversity, and strives to foster good relations not only within the neighborhood, but surrounding communities as well.


Miller and The Other Sinners

Todd East & Jimmy Redmond

Fatima Razic


Rita Coulter & Don Christiano

Saturday 10:30 – 12:10 | 27 Atkinson Street
Don and RitaRita Coulter and Don Christiano are two-thirds of the Americana/alt country band, Hunu. With their fellow band members, they have played host to Rochester’s annual Bob Dylan Birthday show, as well as a yearly Christmas benefit for the Center for Youth Services, providing back-up to a legion of Rochester’s best performers. Rita spent the nineties as a member of the Colorblind James Experience, while Don has performed with such notable groups as Don’t Call Me Junior, The Meteors and the legendary Dave Donnelly. In addition, Don takes his love of the Beatles to the people in a bi-weekly Beatles Night celebration.

As a duo, Don and Rita continue to share their love of Americana music, blending their voices and talent into warm and earthy harmonies. With a strong background in the country tradition of such greats as Hank Williams and Patsy Cline, they have lovingly embraced the genre of alt country and artists like Gram Parsons, the Byrds, Blue Rodeo and the Old 97s. They bring a heartfelt enjoyment of making music with them to the stage.

Rodger Chenelly

Sunday 10:30 – 12:00 | 27 Atkinson Street
Rodger ChennellyRodger Chenelly is an accomplished Blues Rocker from Rochester New York. He has used his acoustic guitar, harmonica and slide to make a name for himself over the past four decades, having played at various venues around the northeast and was the opening act for Blues legends, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee. Rodger’s playing style is often likened to that of George Thorogood. That comparison makes sense because Rodger learned a great deal playing with Thorogood in Boston in the 1970’s. Rodger has won awards and competitions for his music and is a founding member of the Rock and Roll band, Lylock. Rodger crosses over various genres from Blues to Folk to Acoustic Rock. For more information and to hear some of his music go to: Rocking Rodger Chenelly on facebook.

Maria Gillard

Sunday 2:30 – 4:00 | 27 Atkinson Street
Maria GillardMaria Gillard is a talented singer, songwriter, and educator from the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. She has been composing and performing for 25 years. Her compelling voice draws you into the lyrics which, when combined with memorable melodies, head straight for the heart. Her music has been described as soul stirring, evocative, contagious, lively and energizing. She has a down-home flair that makes you feel like you are in her living room – she is that charming, warm and inviting.

As an educator, Maria received a bachelor’s degree in Music from SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music. She is a music instructor and directs a vocal jazz ensemble at Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua, NY. She has worked for the Aesthetic Education Institute as a teaching artist, given concerts and held workshops in schools and nursing homes for many years. She teaches private voice, piano and guitar lessons in her home, and has toured as a folk musician throughout the northeast.

Steve Lyons

Saturday 12:15 – 1:45 | 27 Atkinson Street
Audio InfluxSteve Lyons has been a local fixture on the Rochester music scene for almost 40 years. His distinctive guitar and vocals have been heard with the bands King Juke and The Enerjets.

Steve can still be found out on the local and regional music scene with Mitty and The Followers, The Legendary Dukes, and as the leader of The Beale Street Blues Band. He has most recently resurrected his solo career after a long 15 year hiatus. Steve’s solo appearances include his original compositions as well as music by John Hiatt, Lyle Lovett, John Prine, Johnny Cash and an eclectic mix of songs from his rich history. Steve will make a special guest appearance on Saturday July 9 with Todd East.