Bop Shop owner Tom Kohn is a friend of jazz in Rochester—from having the best collection of jazz music for sale (on CD AND vinyl) in town) to forming Bop Arts, Inc. to showcase some incredible jazz and other musicians from around the world—so when he has an event I'm going to let you know, even if there's no jazz involved (then again it is all roots music, isn't it). On July 19-20, Tom and the Bop Shop will host it’s second summer music festival Bop Fest 2, which is in the courtyard of The Village Gate at 274 N. Goodman St., located in the heart of the Neighborhood of the Arts. The event is being presented by the fine restaurants and retailers of the Village Gate and is free.
Tom is hoping that this annual event is soon to become one of the northeast’s major destinations for American roots music. The talent performing this year is without question some of the best there is, including:
- Headlining Saturday’s festivities will be the Hammer of the Honky Tonk Gods Bill Kirchen at 6:00pm, preceded by Nashville legend David Olney at 4:30pm. Starting off the first day’s festivities will be two of our finer local bands, Krypton 88, who will kick off the show at 2:00pm, followed by The Alpine Black at 3:15pm.
- Sunday will find The Asylum Street Spankers in the house at 4:00pm and warming up for the Spankers at 2:00pm will be Todd Kraz and The Varnish Cooks at 3:00pm.
Check out these great bands online and come on out July 19-20 to join in on the festivities! Come out and support Bop Shop and support what Tom does for jazz year round.