News Release
June 28, 2019

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Huge crowd for Soul Stew on Jazz Street last night. Photo for RIJF by Tom Flint
Last 2 Days!
It's Day 8 - Friday, June 28

Steve Miller Band Headlines Tonight - Discounted Rush Tickets Available Starting at 12 Noon!

Midtown Stage Opens Tonight
Last Day for Noon Jazz Series & Jazz Workshops
Rochester, NY –– June 28, 2019 ––It's the last two days of the nine day CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival.

Today is the final day of the:
  • Library Series with Mike Kaupa at Noon, FREE!
  • Jazz Workshops sponsored by Wegmans for music students of all ages at 1 p.m., features bassist Gene Perla, FREE!

The Steve Miller Band and Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives headline at 8 p.m. at Eastman Theatre. Discounted rush tickets available starting at 12 Noon today (see details below).

The Allman Betts Band headlines tonight at 9 p.m. on the City of Rochester Midtown Stage at Parcel 5 presented by Rochester Regional Health.

The 18th Edition Festival wraps up tomorrow Saturday, June 29 and presents more 1500 legendary performers, familiar favorites and rising stars in 320 shows. It's the place to be in June!
Steve Miller Band Ticket Offer
Starting at 12 Noon Today!
Discounted last minute rush tickets (limited number) for tonight's Steve Miller Band + Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives show at 8 p.m. at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, will be available for purchase:


Balcony seats: $63 + $7 Service Fee - $70 total per seat.

No phone sales for rush seats.
No online sales for rush seats.
Tickets must be purchased in person.
Make the Most of Your Festival Experience!

  • Before you go -  see street closings and parking info
  • Tickets & Info - Ticket Shop, 100 East Ave & Gibbs. 10 AM - 10 PM
  • Food and beverages available at many venues, on Main St. & East Ave
  • Download the Free Festival App!
  • Brochures and Program Guides available at venues & the Ticket Shop
  • Free Harris Beach Shuttle circulates around the fest from 3PM to midnight. Look for the signs. Shuttle Maps available at the Ticket Shop. See map
  • McCarthy Merchandise Tent, Gibbs St., 4-11 p.m. gear, apparel, custom t-shirts, printed on the spot, posters, more!
  • Rochester Regional Health First Aid Tent, Gibbs at Main
  • The BIG Piano is Back at the RRH BIG Tent! - 5-9 PM
  • M&T Bank ATMs available in multiple locations around the fest
  • Share your feedback! Take our quick audience survey during the fest
  • Donate musical instruments for City school students, McCarthy Merchandise Tent, 5-7:30 PM
  • CGI Photo Booth - Free, McCarthy Merchandise Tent, 5-10 p.m.
  • WiFi Hotspot & Charging Station - D&C booth in McCarthy Merch Tent
  • Nightly Jam Sessions - Start at 10:30 PM, Hyatt Regency, no cover, park free in South Ave garage from 10:30 PM to 2 a.m. courtesy of City of Rochester
Artist Spotlight
Steve Miller Band + Marty Stuart and
His Fabulous Superlatives Headline
Tonight at Eastman!
Classic Rock Meets Classic Country,” on a tour that is one of the premiere traveling concerts of the summer. “I know it is going to be one of the best musical pairings we've ever done and an amazing evening of great American music,” says Miller .

Marty Stuart - 8 p.m. - First 2 songs in designated photo/ video areas; artist has requested sign off on any video content prior to release; 60 min show. 

Steve Miller Band - 9 p.m. STILL PHOTOS: first 3 songs from FOH / MIX position only. NO pit or stage access/ See PR Team for assistance. TV / BROADCAST:  30 second clips of the first 3 songs only. Clips are NOT to exceed more than 30 seconds of each song. See PR Team for assistance.
Allman Betts Band - FREE!
Midtown Stage on Parcel 5
The sons of Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts are joining forces to form The Allman Betts Band . They will kick off 2019 with a new Allman Betts Band album and a worldwide tour that will feature new music, songs from their solo projects and classic Allman Brothers and Gregg Allman tunes in honor of the 50th Anniversary of The Allman Brothers Band. their first album debuts today! Free, 9 PM City of Rochester Midtown Stage on Parcel 5, Presented by Rochester Regional Health
Sullivan Fortner Trio
A native of New Orleans, Sullivan Fortner began playing the piano at age 7 and was hailed a virtuoso before graduating from high school. He has garnered acclaim from the NY Times & Downbeat showcasing his mastery at rendering well-chosen standards and composing memorable melodies.  6:15 & 10 PM, Max of Eastman Place $30 cash at the door or Club Pass
Kansas Smitty's House Band

From the moment they played their first note 5 years ago, Kansas Smitty's House Band has set out to reinvent how audiences experience jazz. Tight-knit, joyful, spontaneous jazz rooted in swing and blues that keeps the shows fresh and the crowds faithful.  5:30 & 7:30 PM, Geva Theatre Center – Wilson Stage presented by Montage Wealth Management , $30 cash at the door or Club Pass
Catherine Russell is Back!
Welcome back Catherine Russe ll a native New Yorker, born into musical royalty. Her father, the late Luis Russell, was a legendary pianist/composer/bandleader and Louis Armstrong's long-time musical director. Her mother, Carline Ray, was a pioneering vocalist/guitarist/bassist. 7:00 & 9:15 PM / Temple Building Theater Presented by the Democrat & Chronicle / $30 at the door or Club Pass

8:00 PM
KODAK HALL AT EASTMAN THEATREforward to his summer tour with Marty Stuart And His Fabulous Superlatives

9:00 PM - FREE SHOW!!

Thank You to our Sponsors & Partners
The  CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival  is one of the world’s leading jazz festivals. From legendary performers and familiar favorites, to rising stars and new discoveries, the Festival navigates all genres of creative improvised music from all corners of the world. 

Founded in 2002 in Rochester, NY, the multi-dimensional nine-day Festival is held annually in downtown Rochester, NY and presents more than 1500 artists from around the world in 320+ shows at 20 venues. Attendance has grown from 15,000 in 2002 to 208,000 in 2018. Economic impact delivered to the region now exceeds $180 million. In addition to a headliner series and Club Pass Series of 220+ shows, the festival also presents 100+ free shows and events including nightly jam sessions and jazz workshops. The Festival's jazz scholarship program has awarded almost $500,000 in scholarships to 40 students entering Eastman School of Music.  Read more

CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival  is produced by RIJF, LLC, a privately held company owned by John Nugent and Marc Iacona. Nugent, Producer and Artistic Director, is a noted tenor sax player, who has traveled the world with many jazz artists including Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Rosemary Clooney, The Woody Herman Orchestra and The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Marc Iacona, Producer and Executive Director, is a Rochester native and President of Simcona Electronics. A business and community leader, he is an avid trumpeter and supporter of the arts.