2nd Annual "Taste of Chili Avenue" Fest to be held Sat. 7/24

The Second annual Taste of Chili Avenue Festival will be held Saturday, July 24, from noon to 6 p.m., on Chili Avenue.

The main stage at the HSBC parking lot at Chili and Thurston will feature jazz, Rhythm and Blues, and a host of other performances. A second stage in the parking lot at the New Progressive Cathedral Church of God in Christ at 410 Chili will feature gospel music and other spiritual performances.

The event is sponsored by the Chili Avenue Business Alliance and paid for in part by the City of Rochester.

Among the music performers will be Rochester sensation Timothy Mitchum, blues legend Joe Beard, jazz recording artist Jimmy Highsmith, Queen Kijana, "Li'l Swag" (an 8-year-old rapper), and the SWAN Band. Other performers include the mime dancers of the Urban Performing Arts Center, the Destiny Dance Team, poet Sharnet Wilson, and the Evolution Steppers.

In addition, there will be numerous activities for children and youth, including a bouncy house, face painting and a basketball competition at Gardiner Recreation Center.

For additional information please call the CABA president Hurley Davis, 503-8737.

See photos from last year’s event here:

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Comment by John Boutet on September 18, 2010 at 6:10am
Here are some pictures I shot at the Taste of Chili Avenue Festival. Thanks Georgia for posting this event and for all the work you did for this event. I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent there. I got these as the SWAN Band was getting started. I watched their performance then went down to to the Gospel Stage at the Progressive Cathedral Parking lot. On the way I stopping by Georgia's display of her exquisite photographic prints to do a little shopping.

By the time I went back over to the HSBC stage the parking lot was beginning to fill with more and more people coming to hear the music.

I had to leave around 2:30 but drove back by around 3:30 and the crowd had more than doubled. It started raining some time around 4:30PM. When I drove by at 5:30 the crowd had thinned a lot but the musicians were still playing and the die-hard music lovers were still listening, huddled under whatever shelter they could find.

Here is a link to a Kodak Gallery album with all the pictures I took:
Comment by Georgia NeSmith on July 19, 2010 at 2:15pm
Lots of fun & great music awaits you!

7/24 noon to 6 p.m.

Come on down & have a blast!

Jazz R/B Stage Host: Grand Tone of Roc City Music Group – HSBC Parking Lot Chili & Thurston

Noon Swan Band
12:30 Opening Committee Announcements/Vendors/Artist CD
12:35 Children’s Hair & Fashion Show
1:00 Joe Robach
1:10 Urban Performing Arts Centre Dance Troupe/Drama Team
Michael Jackson Tribute
1:25 Lil Swag Youth Rapper
1:35 Dance Group Air Benders
1:45 Tieara Da Nu ERA (Female Rapper)
1:50 Marcus Goodwine
2:00 Jimmy HighSmith
3:00 Queen Kijana
3:30 Shaw P
3:40 Kholaa & Finesse
3:50 Anthony Dontay
4:00 Evolution Steppers
4:15 Timothy Mitchum
4:30 St. Luke Tabernacle Jazz Trio
4:55 Basketball Tournament Awards
5:00 Joe Beard

Gospel Stage - Progressive Cathedral Parking lot - 410 Chili Avenue

11:50 EmCee Keith
12:00 Embassy Flag Team
12:20 The Living Word Children's Choir
12:30 "Vernon" - Gospel, Jazz & Blues
1:00 "Honor Choir - New Life Fellowship
1:30 "Promise Dancers" Elim Christian Fellowship
1:45 Urban Performing Arts Center Mime Dancers
2:00 Deborah Cox - soloist
2:30 Christian comedian Richard A. Ray II as Pastor "Le' Me 'Lone"
3:00 Fellowship Intermission
3:15 St. Luke Flag Team
3:30 Sharnet Wilson - Poet
3:50 John John - Soloist
4:20 Destiny Dance Team
4:40 Gospel Rapper D-Will

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