If the members of the band Time Machine could have seen into the future, they wouldn’t have been so down in the dumps when their performance at Rochesterfest 2014 was washed out by heavy storms.
“We’re all from Rochester originally, and we always wanted to play Rochesterfest,” said Jay Wells, Time Machine vocalist. “It was on our bucket list.”
Fast forward to this year, and Time Machine has another chance to check that Rochesterfest box on the list. The band will play at the Party in the Park Saturday on the main stage at Rochesterfest’s new site at Soldiers Field Park.
Time Machine presents four distinct sets of music in its shows: classic/modern country music, ’70s disco, ’80s pop and ’80s hair band. Each set includes appropriate costumes and instruments.
“We dress up and try to get as close to each genre,” Wells said. “It’s kind of transforms you. It’s fun. It’s like Halloween every night.”
However, making such extensive changes between sets leaves the band little down time. Each show turns into a marathon of music and costume changes. “It’s a little difficult,” Wells said. “But we wanted to do something other tribute bands aren’t doing.”
Wells said when the band started doing the shows five years ago, he was most interested in the hair bands segment. Now, he said, “Some nights, I’m into the disco, some nights the country.”
Same goes for audiences. “The crowds have been responding wonderfully to each set,” Wells said. “We’ve got some repeat audiences that are coming back now and wearing costumes, which makes it fun for us.”
Besides Wells, the other members of Time Machine, all with Rochester roots, are Leisha Gust, Kevin Deboard, Kevin Anderson, Ivan Hibben and Tom Salmon.