On Sunday evenings during the month of August, the CHNA Social Committee will present four outstanding concerts at the gazebo in Lunsford Circle Park from 4-7 p.m. Neighbors are encouraged to bring a lawn chair, blanket, snacks or a picnic supper and enjoy the music and the camaraderie of neighbors. For three decades, this has been a favorite Corn Hill tradition, so invite your friends to visit and join you for these festive evenings.
This year’s concert line-up is as follows:
August 7—Orange Sky
Orange Sky is an eclectic rock band with an intriguing foundation. As the staple music offering for Saturday afternoon services at First Unitarian Church of Rochester, we get a kick out of defying people’s expectations. Our material is almost entirely secular, mostly covers, and spans many genres: rock (classic, alternative, punk, etc.), blues, pop, folk, jazz, and more. We will get inside your core and make something move – through the unstoppable urge to dance, deep inspiration, or both. Featuring: Melissa Boyack, Mike Boyack, Lauren Faggiano, Justin Passamonte, Ali Putney and Erika Vázquez.
August 14—Big Mike and the Circuit Breakers with special guest McKinley James
The Circuit Breakers (Mike D’Aurizio, Aleks Disljenkovic, Billy B., Jason Smay) are a four-piece band and have been playing their swing-style blues for dancers at PI’s Lounge and the Rochester Swing Dance Network on a regular basis. Our special guest for this performance is McKinley James, a young man who is an up-and-coming guitarist and vocalist with a bright future.
August 21—Meghan Koch and The Gentleman Callers (Popular music of the last 9 decades)
It’s not so much that the band is fickle. More like omnivorous. It all starts with the remarkable Meghan Koch, voice and general music teacher at Rochester’s School of the Arts. As a pianist, she can play concertos, swing like Monk, or give you the pop styles of Elton John and Sara Bareilles. But it’s the voice that moves you: smooth, pure, supple, and taking you to the heart of every lyric. It’s Koch’s talent that attracted the Gentlemen. Jeff Love provides a timeless mood with his blues/folk/classical nylon string guitar. Trombonist Pete Hasler is the secret weapon, dropping the horn to play every instrument known to mankind: flute, sax, trumpet, penny whistle, guitar, bass, triangle, you name it. Add four-part harmonies and a recovering rock rhythm section (Marty York and Adam Wilcox of The Dan Eaton Band), and you get something totally unique: swinging, lilting, tilting, fun, and moving. From Tin Pan Alley to Nashville by way of psychedelic San Fran, that’s Meghan Koch and the Gentleman Callers.
Fatima is a European soul singer who blends her Bosnian roots with contemporary pop and creates an expressive delivery infused with charged emotions and connectedness with her audience. Her delivery permeates through the crowd with a moving power that gives you chills. She finds a way to express her troubled youth through songwriting and uses it as a therapeutic outlet that both heals and hurts. Her songs embody pain and love at the same time.