Summertime is here at last, and so are Thursdays on First.
This year’s lineup features a bevy of local acts. In tonight’s roster, for example, three of the four performers are from within Rochester’s city limits.
The first two local acts to play are the Nodding Wild Onions (thenoddingwildonions.blogspot.com), a crossover blues act, and LP & the 45’s (lp-45.net/-/Home.html), a classic hits cover band. Both bands play at 5 p.m.
Incognito (incognitoband.net), a well-loved and highly practiced cover act, will hit the First Avenue stage at 7 p.m.
The outsider of tonight’s group is Wyatt Easterling, a multi-platinum selling songwriter and country artist who will play the Peace Plaza stage at 7 p.m. Easterling released his debut album, “Both Sides of the Shore” in 1981 and headed to Nashville, where he eventually landed a job as the head A&R for Atlantic Records.
During the course of his career, Easterling has written, produced and played on a host of gold- and platinum-selling releases by acts such as Dierks Bently, Joe Diffie, Paul Thorn, Neal McCoy and Sons of the Desert.
Lately, his attentions have been aimed at performing his material on the road, which is what brings him to Rochester this evening. Expect to hear soul-searching ballads about life, love, loss and every emotion in between.
For more about Easterling, head over to his website, wyatteasterling.com.
This week’s music:
— Nodding Wild Onions, Rochester-based crossover blues, 5 p.m.. Peace Plaza stage
— LP & the 45’s, Rochester-based rock covers, 5 p.m. First Avenue stage
— Wyatt Easterling, Nashville-based multi-platinum singer-songwriter, 7 p.m. Peace Plaza stage
— Incognito, Rochester-based show band/covers, 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.
June 11 bands: The Fattenin’ Frogs, Bob Mamet Trio, Mipso, #MPLS.