Joywave to headline free Fringe Fest finale at Parcel 5 in Rochester Saturday

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Nationally renowned and locally-based Joywave will headline a mini music festival as part of this year’s Fringe Fest finale in downtown Rochester, and it’s free to attend.

The mini-festival within a festival is called “SMOKESTACKS.” It takes place Saturday, September 25 at Parcel 5 in downtown Rochester it’s chock full of Rochester connections:

  • 4 p.m. — Cammy Enaharo
  • 4:50 p.m. — Mikaela Davis
  • 5:45 p.m. — KOPPS
  • 6:45 p.m. — Spencer
  • 7:45 p.m. — Cannons
  • 8:55 p.m. — Joywave

Joywave “CEO,” and concerned citizen, Daniel Armbruster says the festival’s name has local roots.

“We’re all Greece kids [in Joywave], and grew up on various sides of 104 there,” Armbruster said. “So that’s the reminder of home on the horizon: Seeing the smokestack. We love to bring things back to Kodak Park and that area. That’s where the name comes from.”

SMOKESTACKS” is also the name of one their songs:

The festival art and promo video also contained work from local artist Mathison Rust, who specializes in making miniature version of iconic Rochester visages.

The free SMOKESTACKS event will also help close out this year’s Fringe Festival, which has and will feature more than 425 in-person and online performances, including comedy, dance, multidisciplinary shows, music, spoken word, visual art, film, and more.

“It made a lot of sense and we really wanted to do something that was free for everyone attending because it, what have we not been through in the past 18 months as a community, it’s been crazy,” Armbruster said. “And maybe not declare victory over some of the things that have been happening, but at least declaring resiliency and feeling like we’re all in it together.”

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