Tonight’s musical festivities kick off at 5 p.m. on the Peace Plaza stage, when Chicago-based Scotch Hollow will send its rootsy, bluesy country music into the air and ears in front of it. Their website, www.scotchhollowmusic.com, features a handful of tunes available for streaming if you feel like acquainting yourself. At 7 p.m., House of Waters will bring its NYC-based World/rock/jazz fusion to the Peace Plaza stage. You can get a taste of the trio’s exotic audio at their website, www.houseofwaters.com.
Over on the First Avenue stage, the Celtic rock of the Todd Menton Band will get crowds moving starting at 5 p.m. with its mix of traditional songs from England, Ireland and the U.S.
According to his website, www.toddmenton.com, his band’s repertoire ranges from dance numbers to sing-a-longs, but all of it is meant to spur beer consumption — a perfect goal for someone who’s set starts at the same time as happy hour.
At 7 p.m., Menton will hand the First Avenue stage over to southern rockers from the Twin Cities The Plott Hounds. Based on the music available to stream on the band’s website, www.theplotthounds.com/bio, the Plott Hounds are capable of playing songs from across the Americana/country spectrum.
As an added incentive, I’ll be introducing one or both of the bands on the First Avenue stage, so if you’ve been dying to find out how my speaking voice differs from my writing one, or if you’ve always wanted to heckle someone who deserves it, feel free to swing by.
This week’s music:
— Scotch Hollow, roots/country/blues from Chicago, 5 p.m., Peace Plaza stage
— The Todd Menton Band, Celtic rock from the Twin Cities, 5 p.m., First Avenue stage
— House of Waters, world/rock/jazz fusion from New York City, 7 p.m., Peace Plaza stage
— The Plott Hounds, southern rock from the Twin Cities, 7 p.m., First Avenue stage
If you go
Street market: 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. First Avenue Southwest from the Peace Plaza to Third Street Southwest, downtown Rochester.
Music programmed in partnership with Rochester Downtown Alliance and Riverside Concerts.
Aug. 6: Jason McKenzie,Annie Mack, Infantry Division, Tweed Funk.