Welcome to the Dawn Lipson
Canalside Stage at the JCC!

We’re thrilled to welcome you to our brand new outdoor venue, the Dawn Lipson Canalside Stage at the JCC!
From June – September, the JCC will be home to live, safe, outdoor theatre and music events from JCC CenterStage, the JCC Ames Amzalak Rochester Jewish Film Festival, and partnerships with Blackfriars Theatre, RPO, and others.
Please check here for weather updates. Shows will go on as scheduled in the event of light rain. Any changes in the schedule will be posted here.

Schedule of Events

JCC Ames Amzalak Rochester Jewish Film Festival presents

A Cantor’s Head
Thursday, August 5, 7:30pm

A sequel of sorts to our popular 2006 film, A Cantor’s Tale, this follows one of the world’s cantorial masters as he departs the bimah (stage), prompting questions about the dwindling traditions of Jewish sacred music. Cantor Jackie Mendelson, dubbed “the Michael Jordan of Hazzanut,” has inspired legions of admirers worldwide. Mendelson, along with other musical luminaries, explains the magic of this art form and what its loss represents.

RPO presents

RPO Summer Classics
Friday, August 6, 7pm

Matthew Kraemer conducts this concert of classical favorites.

JCC Concert Series presents

Live at the Fillmore
Saturday, August 7,  7pm

LIVE AT THE FILLMORE is the definitive tribute to the original Allman Brothers Band featuring Duane Allman, Dickey Betts, and Berry Oakley. Great attention is paid to recreating the music of the original with an unparalleled degree of authenticity.

Presented by Sutter’s Marina

RPO presents

RPO Kids’ Concert
Saturday, August  14, 10am

Jazz Nights at the J

Sunday Night Live
Sunday, August 15, 7pm

Mambo Kings have been together since 1995 and are enjoying great success as Upstate New York’s foremost Latin jazz ensemble. They have rapidly earned a national reputation for their explosive blend of Afro Cuban rhythms, contemporary jazz and improvisation.
Bob Sneider is currently the Jazz Guitar Professor at the world-renowned Eastman School of Music. Before joining the Eastman faculty in late 1997, Sneider toured with two-time Grammy Award winner Chuck Mangione and has played with other notable performers.

Sunday Night Live is made possible by the Kenlou Foundation

Jazz Nights at the J

An Evening of Big Bands
Thursday, August 19, 7pm
Eastman Community Music School Educators Jazz Ensemble is directed by Fairport High’s Bill Tiberio and comprised of Rochester area music educators and related professionals. The Ensemble features a new and traditional repertoire of music written for large band ensembles.
Eastman Community Music School New Horizons Jazz Ensemble is directed by Don Sherman and leads 19 of our community’s older adults playing different jazz genres including the infectious rhythms of Dixieland, Swing, Blues, Afro-Cuban, Latin, Shuffle, Rock and Funk.

A Magical Journey Thru Stages presents

Disney’s Frozen Jr.
Friday, August 20, 2pm
Saturday, August 21, 3pm

Frozen JR, a 60-minute musical adaptation – perfect for young performers – brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life while featuring memorable songs from the beloved animated film.

JCC Concert Series presents

Zac Brown Tribute Band
Thursday, August 26, 7pm

ZBTB is the premier tribute to the chart-topping Zac Brown Band. With 12 number-one singles and three GRAMMY wins, the Zac Brown Band is one of the hottest names in the music business and ZBTB is the first and most authentic tribute to their recorded music and live show.

Presented by Premier Metal

Blackfriars Theatre presents

Smokey Joe’s Café
September 9–12

Tickets not yet available.

KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival
September 14–25

Tickets not yet available.

Community partners:

Performing Arts partners:

Know Before You Go

Since we’ll be outdoors, don’t forget your sunscreen, bug spray, visor, jacket, seat cushion, bottle of water…whatever you need to be comfortable!



Please have your tickets ready on your mobile device or printed out to be scanned at the door. Our box office will be open for door sales or to print out tickets, but we strongly encourage advance ticket purchases due to limited capacity. 

Chairs are provided. All seats are wheelchair accessible. The path to the venue is paved and seating is on the JCC tennis courts so there is a safe and solid surface. No mud!

Concessions vary depending on production. Bottled water will be available for sale for all JCC events. Bar and snacks provided by The Hideaway for Concert Series events. No outside food or drink for concerts, please.

Access to indoor restrooms and portable units.

COVID-19 Information
  • Seating is no longer socially distanced. 
  • NYS recommends people who are not vaccinated should still wear masks in all public settings. 
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at the box office on your way in.
Weather Notice

It is our desire to begin every performance on time and complete every performance as planned, even in the event of light rainfall. In case of heavy rains, winds, or extreme weather events, we may delay the start of the show, or add brief brief breaks in the hope that the weather will clear. Announcements will be made informing audience members of “holds.”  

Events may be cancelled due to weather up to 2 hours prior. In the event of a cancellation or delay, we will contact ticket holders by email and post the notice here and on the JCC CenterStage facebook page and website. Please check these locations if you have questions. Please do not call the JCC for weather updates. If you do not receive an e-mail or see a notice online, you can assume the show will go on as scheduled. 

In the event of a cancellation, tickets will be transferred to a rescheduled performance time or you can elect to switch to other performances (subject to availability). We reserve the right to adjust the show as needed, including shortened intermissions or edited content in the event of an unexpected weather event mid-show.

Contact centerstage@jccrochester.org with any questions.
Thank You!
The Canalside Stage is made possible by a grant from Dawn Lipson. 
Please consider a tax-deductible contribution to help live events return to the JCC.

Special thanks to Hamilton Audio Visual, Hank Parker’s Tent Rentals, New Life Electronics, David Daniels, all our volunteers and JCC staff for helping to bring the Canalside Stage to life.