Local percussive acoustic crew Thomas and the Shakes kick things off tonight at 5 on the Peace Plaza stage. You can get a feel for the band’s sound on their Reverbnation page, reverbnation.com/thomasandtheshakes4, but their airy, pop-tinged acoustic numbers really shine in a live setting.
The funky sounds of Knu-Funk (knufunk.com) are set to keep heads ringing on the First Avenue stage when the band starts playing at 5 p.m. A local crew, Knu-Funk is among the top party-starting outfits in the city. They play original tunes and covers by luminaries like The Gap Band, Cameo, and Mary J. Blige, so pack an extra pair of dancing shoes if you plan on staying through the whole set.
At 7 p.m., Trapper Schoepp & the Shades (trapperschoepp.com) come all the way from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to bring the Peace Plaza stage some Americana-infused rock.
Over on the First Avenue stage, perennial favorites Enemy Planes will cap off the summer’s festivities with some of their dreamy, electronica-imbued indie rock at 7 p.m. The band has played Rochester enough to consider the city a home away from home, and each time they return with increasingly farther-out sounds than before.
You can watch the band’s music videos and read up on their recent win over 13,000 other bands from around the world in the Hard Rock Rising Battle of the Bands contest at their website, enemyplanes.com. (More on Enemy Planes on page 16.)
This week’s music:
— Thomas and the Shakes, acoustic rock from Rochester, 5 p.m.. Peace Plaza stage
— Knu-Funk, Rochester-based funk, 5 p.m. First Avenue stage
— Trapper Schoepp & the Shades, Americana/rock from Milwaukee, 7 p.m. Peace Plaza stage
— Enemy Planes, indie/electronica/tripnotic 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.