It’s the most anticipated day of the season.
No, not the first day of spring. Rather, it’s the day the lineup for Rochester’s Down by the Riverside summer concert series is announced.
Well, today’s that day, and you can now begin planning your Sunday nights from July 14 through Aug. 12. For six consecutive Sunday nights, the free concerts take over Mayo Park in downtown Rochester, attracting large crowds eager to enjoy the music, the weather and their neighbors.
So, without further delay, here is who’s playing this year:
• Aug. 4: Rare Earth, a Motown band that had hits in the early ’70s with “Get Ready,” “(I Know) I’m Losing You” and “I Just Want to Celebrate.” Opening: Lost Faculties with Ringer Starr, a Ringo Starr tribute artist.
This is the 28th season of Down by the Riverside concerts, which are organized by the city’s music department. The first concert, in 1992, featured Asleep at the Wheel.
Other artists who have performed Down by the Riverside over the years include Jefferson Starship, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, the Guess Who, Kansas, Tommy James & the Shondells, Johnny Winter, Eric Church, Dessa, Lucius and Margo Price.
The concerts are at 7 p.m. Admission is free.