The jazz festival is gearing up for a long-awaited return

The stages of the 19th edition of the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival like that of Parcel 5 are already being set up for the start of the festival. Several blocks of preparations are also underway for the influx of patrons to Bernunzio Uptown Music. Schnepf just can’t wait.

“We’re thrilled to have him back. So you know I think it’s great for everyone here, but for a music store, a guitar store, it’s especially exciting and important to us.” , said Schnepf.

The pandemic has forced the cancellation of the festival in 2020 and 2021. This year, businesses will benefit as hundreds of thousands of festival-goers are expected to attend. Including professional and amateur musicians.

“Artists stop by and people just have an interest, so it piques their interest, and they go out, you know, have fun, so they stop and buy something. That generates quite a bit of business,” Schnepf said.

Restaurants will also get a share of the action, hoping it will boost the local economy.

The East End Tavern general manager said: “Keep the people you know working. Pay the bills you know. Keep it all going.”

The Redd Rochester restaurant on Winthrop Street will finally experience its first jazz festival after being open for 3 years.

“We’ve been waiting for this event to return to downtown since the pandemic began,” said general manager Giovanna Galindo. She continued, “So to be able to be open again for such a big event, and all the free shows, the headliners, we just can’t wait.”

Marc Iacona, Producer and Executive Director of the festival, sent us this statement saying, “We’re thrilled to be downtown again. It’s been two long years, but we’re back, and our team has worked hard to to give people an incredible musical experience for nine days. The artists are excited to come. The venues are ready. The tents are going up. So we look forward to welcoming everyone next Friday to share the joy of music and to be again together.

Willie J. Johnson