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Covid-19 put an enormous dent in Rochester's Downtown fun and, of course, business. Then construction added to it. But that's changing, thanks to the Rochester Downtown Alliance and the Sidewalk Sessions Music Series.

What is the SSMS? It's local and regional musicians performing in different spots around downtown...every weekday. Scroll down for the schedule (which runs thru October weather permitting).

Holly Masek, RDA executive director, said,

“We know our community has missed the sounds of Thursdays Downtown, Down by the
Riverside, Olmsted County Fair, Rochesterfest, and other major musical events that were cancelled because of COVID-19...Music is a hallmark of summer in Rochester, and we’re glad to bring it back in some way for these last few beautiful months of September and October.”

These won't be full on concerts. They'll be small, casual performances, with funding coming from  Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) funding through the City of Rochester and financial assistance from Destination Medical Center.

CSJ/TSM-Rochester Rochester's Central Park

Where and When to Enjoy the Sidewalk Sessions Music Series (remember to mask up and social distance as you enjoy the music):

Peace Plaza: 12–1 p.m. Monday through Friday (no performance September 7)

  • Mondays: Pat Egan & Friends
  • Tuesdays: Sothea Lam
  • Wednesdays: Miriam Halleen
  • Special September 9 performer: TBA
  • Thursdays: Demetrius ItsNock Johnson
  • Fridays: The D’Sievers

Central Park: 12–1 p.m. Monday through Friday (no performance September 7)

  • Mondays: Pat McLaughlin
  • Tuesdays: Bri Thompson
  • Wednesdays: Amanda Grace
  • Thursdays: Ellis Twins
  • Fridays: Lisa DeGuiseppi

Residences of Old City Hall: 5:30–6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (no performance September 7)

  • Mondays: Sothea Lam
  • Tuesdays: The D’Sievers
  • Wednesdays: Dianna Parks
  • Thursdays: Jeremy Jewell
  • Fridays: Jealous Brother
  • Special September 25 performer: LaSonya Natividad

Listen to James Rabe and Jessica Williams Weekday from 6 - 10 AM on Y-105 FM

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