Bands from across the nation converge on the two Thursdays on First stages to bring the city a heaping dose of folk, indie-rock, electronica and kids’ music on Thursday.
The evening starts at 5 p.m. on the Peace Plaza stage with Big Bang Boom, who, like the Wu-Tang Clan before them, are for the children. The Greensboro, N.C., outfit plays a mix of original tunes and cover songs geared toward kids.
Their website, bigbangboom.weebly.com, features a streaming player with selections of their original tunes like “Hippie Mom” and “Bicycle,” while their stage performances are renowned for their relentless energy and the band’s standing invitation for kids to join them onstage during their version of “Spongebob Chorus.”
Over at the First Avenue stage, Chesapeake, Va., family-folkers and indie-rockers the Hunts (thehuntsmusic.com) will play at 5 p.m. The indie-folk vibes continue at 7 p.m. on the Peace Plaza stage, with California-based Quiet Life (quietlifeband.com).
Finally, pop, soul and electronica artist Jeffrey James comes all the way from Nashville, Tenn., to play the First Avenue stage at 7 p.m. James’ unique blend of genres is something that should translate into an excellent live show; you can check out his music and more at jeffreyjamesmusic.net.
This week’s music:
— Big Bang Boom, kiddie rock (rock for kids) from Greensboro, N.C., 5 p.m.. Peace Plaza stage
— The Hunts, indie folk family band from Chesapeake, Va., 5 p.m. First Avenue stage
— Quiet Life, indie folk rock from San Luis Obispo, Calif., 7 p.m. Peace Plaza stage
— Jeffrey James, pop/soul/electronica from Nashville, Tenn., 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.
July 16 bands: Bob Bovee & Pop Wagner, Nigel Mack & the Blues Attack, Kinobe & the Wamu Spirit, July Talk.