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.
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Schedule of Events

JCC Concert Series presents

The HillBenders
Saturday, June 19, 7pm

A chronological journey of The Who’s legendary catalog through the wood and wire of bluegrass instrumentation. Framed as a follow-up to The HillBenders 2015 acoustic interpretation of The Who’s TOMMY, WhoGrass now gives the audience a career spanning twist on one of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s greatest bands. From the early hits all the way through The Who’s discography and even a peek into Pete Townshend’s solo career, the rolling banjo, intense dobro percussion, and thunderous vocals have even the biggest Who fan pumping their fist and singing along!

RPO presents

RPYO Ensemble 
Sunday, June 20, 3pm

Join the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra  for an afternoon of music! Enjoy this FREE concert featuring works by Roger Zare, Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky, Aaron Copland, Nicole Piunmo, Felix Mendelssohn, and more!

RPO presents

RPO Kids’ Concert 
Saturday, June 26, 10am + 11:30am

JCC CenterStage presents

Love Letters
Sunday, June 27, 2pm

The lives of two childhood friends are revealed through a lifelong correspondence in this evocative, touching, and frequently funny romantic play. Jay Simmons and Jennifer Ann Galvez-Caton present a fresh interpretation of this beloved classic by seeing it through the eyes of a multi-racial cast and production team.
Directed by Esther Winter.

JCC Concert Series presents

Terrapin Flyer
Sunday, July 4, 7pm

Terrapin Flyer is a popular nationally touring Grateful Dead band who for more than 20 years has been touring the United States with a revolving cast of top talent. Hundreds of notable musicians have performed with Terrapin Flyer and among them former Grateful Dead keyboardists Vince Welnick and Tom Constanten as well as Melvin Seals from the Jerry Garcia Band.

JCC SummerStage presents

Something Rotten!
July 10–18

Broadway’s hottest new musical comedy. 

Annual support of SummerStage provided by The Louis S. and Molly B. Wolk Foundation in memory of Frumel Ureles.

Corey Rosen, Your Story, Well Told
Sunday, July 11

A Storytelling Workshop with host of The Moth and Rochester-Native/Author Corey Rosen.

Learn the art of telling stories and make the sale, land the client, propose a toast, or impress a date. Corey Rosen is an Emmy-award winning writer and actor with years of experience as a skilled story telling coach. His book, Your Story, Well Told, is Jam-packed with some of the best story telling strategies out there.

Tickets not yet available.

PJ Library presents

Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (G)
Monday, July 12, 5:30pm

JCC Concert Series presents

Jorma Kaukonen
Thursday, July 15, 7pm

A member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a Grammy recipient, Jorma was at the forefront of popular rock and roll, one of the founders of the San Francisco sound and a progenitor of Psychedelic Rock. He is a founding member of two legendary bands, Jefferson Airplane and the still-touring Hot Tuna. Jorma Kaukonen is a music legend and one of the finest singer-songwriters in his field.

RPO presents

RPO in concert
Friday, July 16, 7pm

PJ Library presents

Inside Out (PG)
Wednesday, July 21, 5:30pm

A Magical Journey Thru Stages presents

Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS
Saturday, July 24

 

Tickets not yet available.

JCC CenterStage presents

Big Wigs Under a Big Top
Saturday, July 24

Tickets not yet available.

RPO presents

RPO Kids’ Concert
Sunday, July 25, 1pm + 2:30pm

Blackfriars Theatre presents

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
July 29–August 1

The Blackfriars Theatre Summer Intensive program is moving outside this summer! BT’s Outdoor Summer Series 2021, performing at the Dawn Lipson Canalside Stage at the JCC, takes on one of the most popular titles of the past 50 years! From the creators of Evita, Phantom of the Opera and Cats, comes the story of Joseph and his brothers. Filled with great music, costumes, laughter, joy, and heart and utilizing many different styles of music from pop/rock to country to musical comedy, this sparkling show follows young Joseph as he faces adversity and triumphs through his dreams and his strong, unwavering faith. Written by Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice, Joseph has entertained tens of millions of people around the world and is still one of Broadway’s shining stars.

JCC Ames Amzalak Rochester Jewish Film Festival presents

They Ain’t Ready For Me
Tuesday, August 3, 7:30pm

This moving documentary tells the story of Tamar Manasseh, the African American rabbinical student who is leading the fight against the senseless killings on the south side of Chicago. The film explores the challenges and motivations of this fearless community leader as she works to prevent more people from being lost to gun violence, one corner at a time.

PJ Library presents

Big Hero 6 (PG)
Wednesday, August 4, 5:30pm

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 Kids’ Concert
Saturday, August  14, 10am + 11:30am

A Magical Journey Thru Stages presents

Disney’s Frozen Jr.
Saturday, August 21

Tickets not yet available.

RPO presents

RPO in concert
Friday, August 6, 7pm

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.

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.

JCC Concert Series presents

Daniel Emmet in concert
Sunday, August 29

Tickets not yet available.

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.

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!

Tickets

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. 

Seating
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!

Food/Drink
Concessions vary depending on production. Bottled water will be available for sale. No outside food or drink please.

Restrooms
Access to indoor restrooms. Portable units will be available for larger concert events.

COVID-19 Information
  • Some events may no longer have socially distanced seating. Please refer to each event for details.
  • NYS recommends people who are not vaccinated should still wear masks in all public settings. 
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 email 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.

Community partners:

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