Area Activity Guide: Summer Concerts at CMAC

Big-Name Entertainment

It’s possible to live in Rochester a long time without ever making it to CMAC. It is, after all, a good 40-minute drive away in Canandaigua. What you might not realize, though, is that this state-of-the-art performance venue brings some of the biggest names in entertainment to the shores of the Finger Lakes each year. Well, CMAC has announced its upcoming summer concert lineup, and it’s a doozie. John Fogerty and ZZ Top will kick off the high season with a stop on their Blues & Bayous tour. Roger Daltrey will be performing The Who’s Tommy with a live orchestra. Country fans will be delighted by a stop by Keith Urban, and all sorts of folks will flock to see David Byrne. The season will close with a bang when Steve Martin and Martin Short present An Evening you will Forget for the Rest of your Life.

Ticket sales for all these shows are either currently active or starting soon, so start gathering commitments from your best concert-going friends, then head over to Ticketmaster. Be sure to check out CMAC’s tips and ground rules before your visit.

Never been to CMAC?

If you’ve never been, CMAC is Western New York’s quintessential summer concert venue. It was created in 1983 by the founder of Canandaigua Wine Company on the grounds of Finger Lakes Community College. Thanks to the leadership of Constellation Brands, CMAC is now a state-of-the-art facility devoted to nurturing the arts in our community. With 5,000 covered seats and lawn seating for up to 10,000 guests, CMAC regularly plays host to iconic acts — from Tom Petty and The Who to Dave Matthews and Idina Menzel. If you haven’t been following their concert announcements, it’s time to get dialed in!