For local music stages, summer’s already here

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The season doesn’t officially turn until June 21, but Memorial Day weekend is often considered as the unofficial start to the summer season: The air is warmer, the lake is busy, and many a venue (such as CMAC, which hosted The Lumineers on Friday) is starting their busy season. 

Case in point: Lincoln Hill Farms (at 3792 Route 247, Gorham, just east of Canandaigua) will open its summer concert season Saturday, May 28 with a concert 5-11 p.m. by Rochester party band The Skycoasters. The nine-piece band has entertained audiences locally and worldwide – including appearances at Super Bowl and Olympics parties – for over four decades. For tickets ($10, or free for children 16 and younger), go to In addition, there is a $10/car parking fee. 

The 93-acre working farm and event space – which offers glamping, farm-to-table food, and ciders and craft beers along with live music – has a number of nationally and internationally known artists booked this year, including the following:  

July 2: Steel Pulse with special guest Collie Buddz. A U.K. band with a 40-year legacy engages controversial topics of racial injustice and human rights on a global scale through the power and beauty of reggae music. 

Anita Shire

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