Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn at last year's Rock the Garden
They played Rock the Garden last year, Cabooze Plaza in 2010 and the Basilica Block Party in 2009, so the Hold Steady had to look to Rochester to find a new, suitable outdoor bash for their almost-annual summer return this year. The Brooklyn-based, locally rooted quintet will headline the St. John’s Block Party in downtown Rochester on July 13, same weekend as the Basilica shindig this year, and very similar in nature (it’s a fundraiser for a big, old church, St. John the Evangelist).
SST twang-punk vets the Meat Puppets will also play the St. John’s party this summer (their second time there!) along with Dead Man Winter, Lucy Michelle & the Velvet Lapelles, ex-BoDeans co-leader Sammy Llanas, Enemy Planes, Free Fallin’, Actual Wolf and more, including kids entertainment. Advance tickets go on sale June 1 for $25. Kids 12 and under get in free to the party with a paid adult. More details on the party’s site.