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Welcome to the Dawn Lipson
Canalside Stage at the JCC!

The JCC of Greater Rochester’s very own outdoor venue, the Dawn Lipson Canalside Stage, is back!
This summer, experience an amazing lineup of concerts featuring local tribute bands, Grammy Award-winner Jon Cleary, the return of Music of Cream and Livingston Taylor, and more!
More acts are being added, so check back here for updates throughout the summer.

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

Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen
Grammy Award Winner (Best Roots Album)
Wednesday, June 1,  7pm

Cleary’s work pays obvious homage to the classic Crescent City keyboard repertoire created by such icons as Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, Art Neville, Dr. John, and James Booker – while also using it as a launching pad for a style that incorporates such other diverse influences as ’70s soul and R&B, gospel music, funk, Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Cuban rhythms, and much more.

Sponsored by Kim and Richard Gray

The Music of Cream
Featuring Kofi Baker and Will Johns
Tuesday, June 7, 7:30pm

More than fifty years since Cream’s earth-shaking debut album, family members of that hallowed trilogy come together to pay tribute to their legendary four-album reign over the psychedelic frontier of the late 1960s. The Music Of Cream features family members Kofi Baker (son of Ginger Baker) on drums and Will Johns (Eric Clapton’s nephew and son of Zeppelin/Stones engineer Andy) on guitar and vocals.

Sugar Mountain
Celebrating the genius of Neil Young
Saturday, June 11, 7pm
Sugar Mountain brings together an ensemble of veteran musicians from the New Jersey music scene who faithfully replicate the songs of one of our era’s most prolific and beloved singer/songwriters, Neil Young, covering all of the best known songs, hits and deep cuts that are sure to thrill all, from the most ardent of fans to the casual Neil listener.

Accentuate the Positive:
Jewish Composers of the American Songbook
Sunday, June 12, 4pm

A musical look at the brilliance of Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Harold Arlen, Rogers and Hart, and the Gershwins…the creators of America popular music.

Created and Narrated by Michael Lasser
Featuring Vocalist Jessica Ann Best and Alan Jones on Keyboard

Livingston Taylor
Back by popular demand!
Wednesday, June 15, 7pm

Described as “equal parts Mark Twain, college professor, and musical icon, Liivingston Taylor has written top-40 hits recorded by his brother James Taylor and has appeared with Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, Fleetwood Mac, and Jimmy Buffet. He is equally at home with a range of musical genres – folk, pop, gospel, jazz, and is an airplane-flying, motorcycle-riding, singing storyteller, delighting audiences with his charm for over 50 years.

Something Magical…Disney in Concert
Saturday, June 18, 7pm
Sunday, June 19, 4pm

Created exclusively for JCC CenterStage by Walt Disney World Creative Director (and Rochester native) Tom Vazzana, this concert event features the music of your favorite Disney films. Our entire cast returns after an acclaimed run in December.  A show for all ages!

Dar Williams
with special guest Heather Maloney

Saturday, July 16, 7pm

Singer/songwriter Dar Williams burst onto the alt rock scene in the late 1990s with hits like As Cool As I Am and Are You Out There? and has been making music ever since. Her 12th studio album I’ll Meet You Here was released in 2021 to great acclaim. Dar Williams’ optimistic lyrics and driving melodies that alternate between beguiling lightness and understated gravity will inspire and entertain fans old and new.

Grand Illusion
The Music of Styx
Wednesday, July 20, 7pm

Grand Illusion is the premiere Styx tribute band, recreating the experience of Styx music as if you were viewing Styx live, for the 1st time. These world-class musicians present their show with haunting lead vocals, superior harmonies, and a musical performance that is powerfully aggressive, but faithful to the original versions of your favorite Styx songs. 

The Campbell Brothers
with special guest Steve Grills
Sunday, July 24, 7pm

The Campbell Brothers present Sacred Steel: African-American gospel music with electric steel guitar and vocal. This tradition is just now emerging from the House of God Keith Dominion Church, where for over sixty years it has been an integral part of worship and a vital, if little known, American tradition. As the music moves from sanctuary to concert hall, secular audiences are now able to appreciate a performance both devoted and rocking

The Eaglez
Buffalo’s acclaimed Eagles tribute band
Sunday, July 31, 6pm

The Eaglez are Western New York’s own Eagles’ tribute band. We’ve paid particular attention to the rich harmony vocals that the legendary Eagles are famous for. When you attend one of the band’s concerts, you’ll be treated to, not only the Eagles’ biggest hits, but also solo songs written and recorded by Joe Walsh, Glen Frey, and Don Henley, when the band took time off.

Sponsored by Premier Metal

Leftover Salmon
Legendary progressive bluegrass band
Wednesday, August 3, 7pm

Since their earliest days as a forward thinking, progressive bluegrass band who had the guts to add drums to the mix and who was unafraid to stir in any number of highly combustible styles into their ever evolving sound, to their role as a pioneer of the modern jamband scene, to their current status as elder-statesmen of the scene who cast a huge influential shadow over every festival they play, Leftover Salmon has been a crucial link in keeping alive the traditional music of the past while at the same time pushing that sound forward with their own weirdly, unique style.

Gilbert and Sullivan’s
The Pirates of Penzance
August 11–14

Gilbert and Sullivan’s beloved Tony Award-Winning musical comedy of mistaken identity, romance and swashbuckling pirates comes to the Dawn Lipson Canalside Stage. The story of a roguish Pirate King, his adventurous young charge, a bevy of clever maidens and a “Modern Major General” is as hysterically funny and entertaining as it was when it premiered in 1879. Winner 1981 Tony Award for Best Revival.

KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival
September 13–24

The 11th Annual Rochester Fringe Festival will be back at the JCC again! Schedule and tickets will be available later in the summer.

More events are being added throughout the summer. Check back here for updates!

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. 

All seats are reserved unless otherwise specified. Chairs are provided. Rows A–Q are located underneath the tent.

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.

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 regularly cleaned portable restroom units.

Bring the Kids!
Kids under 10 free when accompanied by an adult. Seats are not reserved for children unless you purchase one. The adjacent playground is available.

Covid-19 Information
For outdoor events, masks are optional and vaccinations are not required.

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.

Form 990 for year-end 6/30/2021 can be obtained by emailing andreaharrington@jccrochester.org

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The JCC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

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