Two of the city’s most recognizable musical talents will play the 5 p.m. slots during tonight’s Thursdays on First.
Jason McKenzie (reverbnation.com/jasonmckenzie4), of recent Down by the Riverside opening act fame, will bring the passion of his homespun singer/songwriter tunes to the Peace Plaza stage, while blues songstress Annie Mack will hold court on the First Avenue stage.
Mack, who recently rubbed shoulders with blues legend Buddy Guy at a show in Chicago, will most likely play some pieces off of her album “Baptized in the Blues,” which you can sample at her website, anniemackblues.com.
At 7 p.m., the 34th Infantry Division “Red Bull” Jazz Band (minnesotanationalguard.org/units/unit_template.php?unit=YUHAA) will bring its Rosemount-bred and buttered big band music to the Peace Plaza stage.
Over at the First Avenue stage at 7 p.m., Milwaukee-based Tweed Funk will put on a riveting display of funk, soul and blues.
The band’s latest album, “First Name Lucky,” has been gaining notoriety for its Memphis-blues, roots, and soul soundscapes backed by a heavy horn section. The six piece group is led by Joseph “Smokey” Holman, who, in the early 1970s, recorded with funk legend Curtis Mayfield. To see if any of Mayfield’s otherworldly brilliance rubbed off on the crew, head over to the band’s website, tweedfunk.com.
This week’s music:
— Jason McKenzie, Rochester singer-songwriter, 5 p.m.. Peace Plaza stage
— Annie Mack, Rochester blues, 5 p.m. First Avenue stage
— 34th Infantry Division “Red Bull” Jazz Band, big band from Rosemount, 7 p.m. Peace Plaza stage
— Tweed Funk, soul-funk-blues from Milwaukee, 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. 13: Orange Mighty Trio, Big Zach, The Barefoot Movement, Alex Rossi & Root City.