The lowdown 

Rochester MusicFest 2005 is Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17, in Genesee Valley Park, 1 to 8:30 p.m. both days, rain or shine. For information, visit or call the hotline at 486-1286.

Saturday, July 16

1 p.m. --- Black August (Rochester Battle of the Bands winner)

1:25 p.m. --- StatiQ (Rochester Battle of the Bands winner)

2 p.m. --- Nina Sky

3 p.m. --- Jagged Edge

4 p.m. --- 112

5 p.m. --- Ciara

6 p.m. --- John Legend

7:15 p.m. --- Boyz II Men

Sunday, July 17

1 p.m. --- Dave Stewy (Buffalo Battle of the Bands winner)

2 p.m. --- Fatty Koo

3 p.m. --- Raheem DeVaughn

4 p.m. --- Lyfe Jennings

5 p.m. --- Common

6 p.m. --- Faith Evans

7:15 p.m. --- Brian McKnight


Tickets for each day are $32 (adults), $10 (children ages 7-12), free for kids 6 and under. Weekend passes are $49 (adults), $17 (children ages 7-12) and can be purchased at The Blue Cross Arena box office, online at, or by phone at 232-1900


Free parking and free shuttle service will be available from the University of Rochester parking lots.


There will be no re-entry; you leave, you gone. Food, beverages, cameras, coolers, pets, bicycles, tents, alcohol, glass containers, fireworks, laser pointers, and large umbrellas (over 48") will not be permitted.

In This Guide...

  • Soularized

    slowFlow’s jaythreeoh helps us sift MusicFest’s crunk, r&b, and hip-hop
    slowFlow’s jaythreeoh helps us sift MusicFest’s crunk, r&b, and hip-hop

  • Line up

    The stars of MusicFest
    Nina Sky While we haven't heard much from these twins since "Move Your Body" was one of 2004's hottest summer jams, this pair knows how to keep heads bouncin' and booties shakin'.

  • Light the candles

    Brian McKnight is not who you think he is.

  • Young soul

    There's a soul consistency to John Legend's musical brew, but his lyrics run from family man to pimp, from doomed to saved. "I'm certain there's someone who doesn't approve of what I'm doing at my church," he says.

  • Common grounded

    Music artist Common says he's come a long way since "drinking 40 ounces, talking about getting girls --- you know, raw hip-hop." "But, when you go through these experiences as a man," he says, "you evolve.

  • Everyday people

    Just your regular superstar everyman: Lyfe Jennings is out of jail and on your radio.

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