The Rochester Fringe Festival continues with performances in downtown Rochester through Saturday, September 24.
Fringe Festival Advisory Board member David Henderson and Ben Fang, the Coordinator for Outdoor Music, discussed some of the upcoming performances Wednesday on News 8 at Noon.
Henderson is also the Artistic Director for Grimms’ Mad Tales, which will have 150 to 200 performers, including Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren. “Grimms’ Mad Tales is on Friday and Saturday at 6 o’clock,” he said. “It’s on Gibbs Street in the Spiegelgarden, which are closed off for that weekend. We present all of the Grimms’ stories and fairy tales that we grew up with from the Brothers Grimm – Cinderella, Rumpelstiltskin, and we put the performers out on the street. We have rehearsals – we’ve had two rehearsals so far, three rehearsals now – and then they, we put them out there in their costumes and they perform the stories for the audience, and last year we had quite a few thousand people come down for that.”
Fang said there are some talented musical acts lined up for Friday and Saturday. “We’ll have free outdoor acts at Gibbs Street, starting at 5:15 on Friday and going all the way until 11 that night, closing the night will be The Campbell Brothers with their Sacred Steel music,” he said. “Saturday we’re going to have Knower which is a five piece from Los Angeles. They’re going to be coming in and playing at 9:40.” Fang added, “This year we’re having more people coming from out of town than we’ve had before, so we’ll have bands like Castle Creek coming from Syracuse and The Blind Spots coming from Ithaca, so a wider base for sure.”
Henderson said the Gibbs and Main area of Rochester will have many free shows as well. “We’ll have the bands, we’ll also have the chalk art event from 12-to-2 on Saturday,” he said. “Bring your family, your friends down, come down and create some art on the ground. Also on Friday and Saturday we have an art exhibit installation in the Spiegelgarden from a group from Geneseo called Guerrilla Art with poetry, so there’s all sorts of stuff going on around the Spiegelgarden, Gibbs Street and all over the City.”
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