Created: 06/21/2014 6:39 PM WHEC.com
Day two for the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival kicks off on Saturday, and the perfect weather already has people packing into the east end.
The headliner is Rochester’s own Lou Gramm who will be performing at 9 p.m.
Gramm is the original, lead vocalist for the band “Foreigner”, and he’s also a Gates-Chili High School and Monroe Community College graduate.
Every year the Rochester Jazz Festival draws thousands of people to the east end. It’s one of the nation’s most popular music festivals, and Gramm is expected to bring in quite a crowd.
“This is a really well respected festival, and it has been big in the city for a number of years,” said Gramm.
Gramm says this is his first time performing at the Jazz Fest. He says he always though it was just for jazz bands.
“I enjoy this the most because there’s no pretense. People come out as they are, and you get their honest feedback. If they like you, they’ll let you know it. If they don’t, they’ll let you know that too,” Gramm said.
Students from the Rochester Association of Performing Arts will sing back up for Gramm’s song “I Want to Know What Love is.”
“I’m speechless. I grew up listening to Foreigner, and he’s so nice. It’s such a great opportunity,” said Emily Beseau, RAPA member.
This year’s festival features more than 1,200 artists, 19 venues and 312 concerts.
Gramm isn’t going to be the only artist on stage. Artist Eric Waugh is going to be painting live to the music of Lou Gramm.
“It’s a 5X25 foot painting. It’s the largest, live painting I’ve ever done in my life. I’m in the Guinness Book of World Records for the world’s largest painting created by on artist,” said Waugh.
Waugh says it’s an honor to be on the same stage as Lou Gramm.
“I used to be in a band, and I was the lead singer. I used to play all his songs,” said Waugh.
For the full lineup and parking information, click on Weblinks and then click of Jazz Fest.