CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival returning in person this year

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — After a two-year absence due to the pandemic, the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival is finally back, and in person. Organizers say music fans will not only see new venues, but also new artists added to this year’s event.

Gibbs Street will once again turn into "Jazz Street" during the 9-day festival. Several well-known performers including Robin Thicke, Wynonna Judd, Sheila E, and the Bacon Brothers are among the scheduled headliners.

Organizers say the festival will feature 21 stages, more than 1,700 performers and 335 shows. The 6th Annual Roc Juneteenth 5k Race will also return with a live jazz performance at the finish line. Organizers say thanks to a government grant music fans will get to enjoy 130 free concerts this year.

"Tens of thousands of people are gonna be made happy enjoying each other’s company. You know strolling around the streets, outside its gonna be safe, it’s gonna be wonderful, and we’re so excited to be able to do this again," said Festival Producer and Artistic Director John Nugent.

The CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival starts June 17 and runs through June 25. Click here for a complete list of events during the festival, as well as the daily lineup of performers.