Considered “the largest living history museum in New York State with the largest collection of historic buildings in the Northeast,” the Genesee Country Village & Museum is worth the price of admission. Aside from the historic village, the nature center, The John L. Wehle Gallery, earth and art camps, D.B. Munger & Co. Confectionary, vintage base ball park, working brewery, a Chocolate Weekend, and the Civil War Living History Weekend, GCV&M hosts a Summer Sunset (Live Music) series at the campus’s Great Meadow (select Fridays through July and into September).
The Summer Sunset Series presents a rare opportunity to enjoy the Museum grounds after-hours, including:
- Watching as the sun sets over Flint Hill
- The Freight House Pub and deck will be open for drinks
- The Depot Restaurant will be open for dinner, snacks, and ice cream
- Outdoor and deck seating is available, or bring a chair or blanket and relax on the Great Meadow
- Picnicking is welcome, but bringing alcohol from outside of the premise is not permitted
- Families are welcome to come enjoy the grounds, have dinner or drinks, and spend an evening surrounded by the sounds of summer
- The Roc City Empanadas food truck will also be on the grounds on Friday, July 9, Friday, July 23, and Friday, September 3
- Live music can be enjoyed from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and food and drink will be served until 8 p.m.
- The Museum closes at 9 p.m. during the Summer Sunset Series, and the Historic Village will be closed to visitors during these events
Friday, July 9: Dark Horse Run
Kick off the Summer Sunset Series with live music from local group Dark Horse Run. This country music band travels with four lead singers, and during their performances guests will enjoy today’s hits, yesterday’s classics, and some favorite oldies.
Friday, July 23: The Uptown Groove
Enjoy the musical stylings of local artists The Uptown Groove. Hailing from Rochester, this group features a 6-piece ensemble that plays a variety of jazz, Motown, R&B soul, funk, rock and current top 40 pop/rock. Each member’s musical background is unique, diverse and extensive, enabling the band to seamlessly span various musical genres.
Friday, August 13: The GateSwingers
Watch the sunset and be serenaded by local artists The GateSwingers. Rochester’s original dance band, the GateSwingers Big Band is an exciting 15 piece group with vocalists and a master of ceremonies. The band features dance music from the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and present day for your dancing and listening pleasure.
Friday, August 27: The Pearlz Band
Don’t miss The Pearlz Band during GCV&M’s Summer Sunset Series. Based out of Rochester, The Pearlz Band is an Americana group with a sound merged from folk, country, rhythm and blues, and Rock & Roll. Together since 2008, this talented trio has crafted a unique and engaging blend of new and old favorites, each song performed masterfully by these seasoned, charismatic entertainers.
Friday, September 3: Stone Age Romeos
Enjoy the sweet sounds of the Stone Age Romeos. This group of guys attended Greece Athena together in the 70s, and continue to play around the local Rochester area – and they all have a story or two about visiting the Museum when they were younger! Get ready for 60s, 70s, and 80s classic rock.
Tickets for Summer Sunset Series concerts can be purchased online in advance, or at the door. Tickets are $9 for adults; $7 for Museum Members, and free for kids 12 and under. More information about the series and tickets can be found at www.gcv.org/events.
GCV&M is located in Mumford, NY, 45 miles east of Buffalo. Visit www.gcv.org for more information.