March kicks off the annual “Friends of the Festival” Campaign for Oswego Harborfest! Each year Harborfest friends support the festival through donations. These donations are a part of what helps to keep Harborfest admission-free. Along with our sponsors, “Friends of the Festival” supports programming, entertainment, children’s activities, staging tents, and more. Become a “Friend of the Festival” today! Harborfest 2014 is slated for July 24-27. “Friends of the Festival” forms are available at www.oswegoharborfest.com or at the Harborfest offices in the McCrobie Building, 41 Lake St. For more information please call 315-343-6858.
OSWEGO (January 22) – Harborfest’s Novelis STEM Family Park has been awarded $5,000 by the Richard S. Shineman Foundation. This grant will allow the Novelis STEM Family Park to continue to grow its science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) focus.
“The Shineman Foundation is delighted to support the Harborfest Children’s Park and is excited that this year the focus will be on STEM themed activities. Dr. Shineman was particularly passionate about science education, and our Foundation is committed to supporting STEM themed learning opportunities for our community,” said Lauren Pistell, a representative of the Shineman Foundation. Pistell added, “As a mother, I am thrilled that my children can take advantage of these free, fun and educational opportunities right in our backyard.”
During Harborfest 2013 the Novelis STEM Family Park featured a variety of demos and activities that were focused on science and the arts. Novelis held science experiments for children to get involved. The MOST brought engaging science experiments which included both hands-on activities and demonstrations. The Children’s Museum of Oswego brought to the table another approach with tactile and sensory exhibits, experiential play, as well as science experiments. The Novelis STEM Family Park also featured a children’s musical, art activities, and nutrition workshops.
“We are extremely grateful for this grant from the Shineman Foundation as we continue to expand the Novelis STEM Family Park activities for Harborfest 2014,” said Chena Tucker, Harborfest Children’s Committee Chair and member of the Board of Directors. The Harborfest Children’s Committee is looking forward to featuring many similar activities this year with the help of the grant from the Richard S. Shineman Foundation.
The Richard S. Shineman Foundation is a private foundation established in 2012 by the bequest of Richard S. Shineman, a tenured professor of chemistry at SUNY Oswego. Its vision is to become a “Catalyst for Change” across Central New York and, in particular, Oswego County. The Foundation uses its financial resources to work towards this vision by building the capacity of not-for-profit organizations to enhance the quality of life in their communities. Contact email@example.com or visit www.shinemanfoundation.org for more information.
It’s that time of year again! The Halfway to Harborfest Celebration will be held on Saturday, January 25th from 11am to 4pm at Gibby’s Irish Pub. It will include a chicken BBQ fundraiser featuring Gibby’s famous chicken BBQ. Proceeds from the Chicken BBQ will benefit Harborfest. The menu includes chicken, corn, salt potatoes, and a roll. Paul Vandish will be playing after the Syracuse University Basketball game. Tickets are $8.00 pre-sale and $10.00 at the door. Pre-sale tickets must be purchased by January 22nd. Tickets are available at the Harborfest Offices in the McCrobie Building (41 Lake Street) and at Gibby’s Irish Pub (W. 2nd and Lake Street).
Oswego Harborfest is pleased to announce two new employees, Jackie Sheffield and Carol Dillabough, who will make up the new Sponsorship and Membership team. Combined they have over 30 years of living and working in the Oswego community. Sheffield has a background in fundraising and special events. She serves on the board at Integrated Community Planning of Oswego County. Dillabough is involved with the Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce on the Board of Directors, and is an active member of Oswego Elks Lodge #271.
Harborfest would also like to welcome back Chelsea Bartlett as the PR/Vending Coordinator. Bartlett, an Oswego native, served as the Volunteer Coordinator for the 2013 Harborfest. She has completed her A.A.S. in Tourism Management from Finger Lakes Community College. Bartlett is excited to continue working to produce the premier admission-free festival in New York State.
Harborfest 2014 is seeking performers for appearances at the 27th edition of the festival slated for July 24-27, 2014.
Artists of all types of music interested in appearing at Harborfest 2014 can obtain information and a Performer Application by logging onto the Harborfest website www.oswegoharborfest.com or at the Harborfest office, 41 Lake Street, Oswego, weekdays during the hours of 9AM-4PM.
There is no application fee, but a clearly labeled CD and a press or information kit must accompany each application. Applications must be completed and submitted with all requested information to the Harborfest office by no later than January 10, 2014.
With the 2013 Harborfest a thing of the past, the wheels are already in motion for some of the things associated with the 2014 festival next summer. The brand new website banner display not only shows off some great photos from the 2013 event but it also shows off the formal theme for the 2014 festival.
Harborfest 2014 will commemorate the bicentennial of the “Battle of Fort Oswego” which was a part of the War of 1812 which was fought in May of 1814 on the shores and in the harbor of Oswego. Keeping the focus on the harbor for the festival, Executive Director Steve Fulton, has already received commitments from several tall ships to be an integral part of the 27th Harborfest in 2014.
The festival’s theme has already been captured by a 2013 Oswego High School graduating senior, Cat Wells, for the “Official Poster Design” for the 2014 festival. That design will be revealed in January 2014 with the new poster itself along with apparel featuring the design, as the festival begins the countdown at the halfway point on the calendar between festivals each year.
Harborfest owes a special thanks to Oswego High School art teacher Melissa Martin and her class from this past academic year to not only produce the 2013 poster and transportation button designs, by Emily Henderson and Chrissy Abare respectively, but also to create the 2014 design one year ahead of schedule. The work that these students turn out annually for consideration in the poster design contest is nothing short of amazing.
Harborfest is looking forward to the 2014 festival with a focus on tall ships and the rich history that the port of Oswego has as a legacy. Look for the poster design in January and many more announcements about the 2014 festival which will be held July 24 – 27, 2014.
The Harborfest Children’s Park Committee would like to thank the sponsors, volunteers, committee members and all of those who attended the Novelis Family Park located at Franklin Square. It was a spectacular weekend of events at Harborfest in 2013 and the proof was in all of the laughter and smiling faces from the children.
Children’s activities kicked off Harborfest on Tuesday at the Children’s GALA located at Breitbeck Park. It was a sold out event and offered the crowd music, food and activities. Children got a chance to sample some of the exhibits of the Children’s Museum of Oswego as well as prepare wildflower “seed bombs” with supplies donated by Ontario Orchards. In an effort to provide children and their families with healthy and fun things to do there were health and fitness activities hosted by AmeriCorps members. The Harborfest Children’s GALA was sponsored by the Thrive Community Incubator Initiative of the Office of Business and Community Relations at SUNY Oswego and the food was graciously prepared by the Elks Club of Oswego.
The Novelis Family Park was equally entertaining and had a fantastic turn out even on Sunday despite the rain showers. The park was set to open on Friday at 2:00 PM just as people arrived from the Harborfest Children’s parade. It was a great way to kick off our successful weekend as Oswego Health was ready to greet the crowd with several activities including an obstacle course, balloons, health information and healthy treats. Novelis was set up alongside The MOST with engaging science experiments and workshops as well as giveaways that included nature journaling books and insect investigation kits.
Another highlight of this year’s park was the Children’s Museum of Oswego. The Children’s Museum of Oswego takes entertaining children seriously and their tent had countless activities and workshops including everything from tactile and sensory exhibits to experiential play and science experiments.
The Children’s Musical team, actors and actresses worked so hard to prepare for the performances and were rewarded for the efforts with standing room only crowds. The talent did not stop there and on Sunday following the line-up in the Children’s Tent was the first ever Oswego’s Got Talent variety show sponsored by SUNY Oswego’s Small Business Development Center . “The artists and singers received such genuine adoration and applause from the audience,” says Chena Tucker, Children’s Committee Chair, “I am so proud of the young people of Oswego and cannot wait to hold the event again next year.”
As the Children’s Committee begins to plan the next year’s events, they are interested in receiving feedback about the park, its events and activities. Please feel free to visit their Facebook group: Harborfest Children’s Park Committee and post your feedback.
My very good friend Bobbie Palange and I have just finished directing our sixth children’s musical for Harborfest. It is an incredibly intense time for a couple of retired girls, but truly a labor of love. In the inevitable let down after the show, I always find myself thinking about the experience and how fortunate I am to have the opportunity to work with such a talented group of young people. This year there were 48 kids from all over the county — from Red Creek, Hannibal, Fulton, Mexico and Oswego. They ranged in age from 6 to 16. We are so proud of them; their singing, dancing and acting.
In case you missed us, the show, “Ellis Island … the American Dream,” was rich in the history of the immigration to America at the turn of the century and the sacrifices our ancestors made in search for a better life. This project requires lots of time and energy on the part of the directors and actors, but it doesn’t happen without supports of lots of people. First of all we are grateful to The Palladium-Times for sponsoring our tent and especially the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau as they have supported us all six years.
We have a terrific young woman, Janet Heath, who designs our sets; our excellent musicians in the pit, Sue Maxwell at the keyboard and the Chatterton string trio. We are able to borrow many costumes for which we are most grateful. We are permitted to use the McCrobie building for rehearsals and are welcomed by the Church of the Resurrection for costuming during the show.
Lastly, we are so thankful for the parents of our cast members and our own families, husbands and children, who show up to help with costuming, set changes and most importantly, schlepping.
Harborfest is a time to celebrate the lovely geography and rich history of our community a time to be proud. To me, our greatest asset is the people; we are what make Oswego a wonderful place to live and work and raise our families. Harborfest offers something for nearly everyone. The best is to be a part of the experience. Volunteer, find your niche.
Thanks, Oswego. We hope to see you next year.
Rocky Farden Co-director of Harborfest musicals.
The pre-festival buzz had been on-going for almost four months when headlining acts for 2013 were announced by Harborfest and some bands themselves on social media. The most talk seemed centered around the Friday night double header with Foghat and Blue Oyster Cult and the final act on Sunday with the Real Diamond show which was a tribute to Neil Diamond. Both of those billings lived up to the hype as the festival was great from start to finish in 2013.
The crowds at Breitbeck Park acts on the NRG Lakeview Stage for the Thursday night opening acts of Van Halen Nation and the Devonshires, were as large as they have been for any opening night at the festival. The Friday crowd, again at Breitbeck Park, was perhaps the largest for a Friday night in festival history. The hype for the classic rock double header, sponsored by Budweiser and Constellation Energy Nuclear Group and promoted on radio by TK99, completely lived up to expectations. Saturday saw a good turnout for the AC/DC tribute band Live Wire as the crowd filled into Breitbeck Park for the Grucci fireworks later that night. The Sunday afternoon crowd at the NRG Lakeview Stage in Breitbeck, again, may have been one of the largest in festival history for a Sunday afternoon show.
All venues enjoyed great entertainment for the festival. The C’s Beverage Center Veteran’s Stage at River Walk West was the setting for many good regional bands and the incredible Typhoon Tommy Jet Ski Show on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Over on River Walk East, the Juried Arts & Crafts venue enjoyed great foot-traffic throughout the festival as crafters vied for blue ribbons in multiple categories of crafting. Just a bit further east from there, the Oswego County Federal Credit Union Jazz & Blues Park at Washington Square was filled with great smooth jazz sounds all weekend long.
The Novelis Family Park at Franklin Square was a hit in the second year back to the park where it originated two decades ago. From the Friday senior concerts sponsored by Springside at Seneca Hill to the “Oswego’s Got Talent” contest on Sunday, both in the in the Palladium-Times Tent, the entire weekend featured many activities for children along with the annual Children’s Musical. Many of the great activities for the children have their own stories as part of the Harborfest website.
A little bit of rain leading up to the fireworks on Saturday night and then again during the early hours on Sunday, did little to dampen the crowds which were strong on Thursday, Friday and Sunday for Lakeview Stage shows and still as strong as usual for Saturday because of the Entergy fireworks display. It was a festival that lived up to the buzz that surrounded some top name entertainment which turned out to bring in the crowds.
Bridge Street Live at Harborfest was again a success at Harborfest in 2013 after debuting on the Lakeview Stage for the first time ever in 2012. An absolutely beautiful Friday morning greeted the production crew, show staff and the large crowd on hand to watch the popular weekday morning 10:00 AM talk show on WSYR News Channel 9, the Syracuse, New York affiliate for ABC Television.
The show was sponsored by the C&S Companies and John Trimble from C&S was the first guest on the show stating how important it was for the company to give back to those communities where C&S has business relationships.
Ann Gilpin from Oswego Health was on hand to preview activities that kids would be able to enjoy in their booth after the Children’s Parade concluded at Franklin Square early in the afternoon. It was during this demonstration that show host Caroline Gable, and not Chris Brandolino, threw a perfect spiral through a hole cut-out in a piece of wood.
Another guest on the show was Chena Tucker, the chairperson of the Harborfest Children’s Park Committee, who outlined the many events that were planned for children throughout the festival.
Grucci Fireworks representative Phil Grucci along with fireworks sponsor Tammy Holden from Entergy were also on hand to discuss the changing technologies of current-day fireworks and to give a sneak peek into a new wrinkle that was scheduled for the 26th “Grucci Fireworks Spectacular” at Harborfest on the following night.
No Bridge Street show would be complete without a cooking segment and Mark’s Pizzeria was on hand to help the show hosts prepare the newly unveiled “Harborfest Pizza”. This special pizza was created to tie-in some typical foods that would be available at a festival. The final product was a bacon-cheeseburger white sauce style pizza, complete with French fries then topped off, out of the oven, with lettuce and ketchup. Marks had enough of the finished product delivered to the audience when the show concluded at 11:00 AM.
Harborfest thanks John Trimble and everybody at the C&S Companies for making “Bridge Street Live at Harborfest” as much of a success in their second consecutive visit to kick off the Friday events at the festival.
On Sunday July 28th of the 2013 Oswego Harborfest event, local youths showcased their talent at the inaugural Oswego’s Got Talent Competition. The event was sponsored by SUNY Oswego’s Small Business Development Center and took place at the Palladium-Times Tent in Novelis Family Park at Franklin Square.
Visual art submissions included sketches by Alexis Johnson and an illustrated poem by Claudia Chetney.
The Way Out duo of Sophie Woods and Luke May performed Hey Soul Sister by Train and Somebody That I Used to Know by Gotye.
Sierra Palmer sang Keep Holding On by Avril Levine and performed an acoustic original about bullying.
Nathaley Torrese-Babcock performed Ho Hey by The Lumineers and Try by Pink.
The Harborfest Children’s Committee intends to make Oswego’s Got Talent Show an annual part of Harborfest celebrating creativity, youth artists, diversity and creating an awareness of Oswego County’s rich cultural resources.
The Harborfest “Triple Play” 50/50 raffle for 2013 had three different drawings and three different winners. This twist to the cash raffle program was put in place to offer an increasing pot for the final drawing and for three different people to walk away with some cash. The raffle was sponsored by Furdi’s Homes in Fulton, New York and ticket buyers were able to look up the winning daily drawings at the Furdi website on Saturday, Sunday and Monday mornings to see the previous night’s winning number and dollar prize.
The fact people were buying three tickets for three dollars each day and that they would be entered into all available drawings, the Sunday pot continued to grow which sparked a great last day of sales to try and still get in on the biggest pot.
The winner of the Thursday/Friday portion of the 50/50, from Verona, New York, took home $888. Saturday’s winner of the 50/50, from Wernersville, Pennsylvania, received $1,861. The lucky winner of the the largest 50/50, from Oswego, New York, took home $2,910.
Harborfest thanks all who participated in the “Triple Play” 50/50 raffle for 2013 sponsored by Furdi’s Homes. The portion of the money which goes to Harborfest, will be used by the federally registered non-profit organization to help keep the event as New York State’s Premier Admission-Free Festival.
The 26th edition of Oswego’s Harborfest, New York State’s Premier Admission-Free Festival, gets underway on Thursday night July 25, 2013. The traditional opening ceremonies will again take place on the NRG Oswego Harbor Power “Lakeview Stage” in Breitbeck Park. The entertainment for that night will include a classic rock tribute band and a returning Harborfest favorite with roots in classic rock with the entire night being sponsored by the C&S Companies.
Van Halen Nation, a Van Halen tribute band will take to the Lakeview Stage with their authentic Van Halen experience. This band began performing in the mid 90’s in the Philadelphia and South Jersey club circuit and continues their status as one of best live bands in that area.
Van Halen Nation strives to provide the best and most authentic Van Halen experience. The band takes great pains to be as detail oriented as possible, both visually and musically to provide the audience with the closest thing…next to the real Van Halen band itself.
The returning Harborfest favorites are the Devonshires, from England, who have been entertaining audiences across the United States for three decades. The Devonshires have performed with numerous rock legends such as Joe Cocker, Jefferson Starship, The Doobie Brothers, Eddie Money, REO Speedwagon, Foreigner and Cheap Trick.
The Devonshires tour stops include two distinct shows, with one featuring 70’s classic rock and the other showcasing America’s favorite music from the 60’s. Each show is performed with exceptional musical precision, fully costumed with props and skits and suitable fun for all ages.
The finishing touches are being put on opening night ceremonies for the NRG Lakeview Stage but the performances from Van Halen Nation and the Devonshires, presented by the C&S Companies, are sure to be great entertainment for all in attendance. The complete entertainment line-up and show times will be posted as they are finalized at www.oswegoharborfest.com.
Bucking the tradition of one Friday night headliner on the NRG Oswego Harbor Power “Lakeview Stage” in Breitbeck Park, there will be two nationally known groups rocking crowd on the first full day of the 26th Harborfest on Friday July 26, 2013. Oswego’s Harborfest, New York State’s Premier Admission-Free Festival, will be proud to welcome Foghat and Blue Oyster Cult to the NRG Lakeview Stage courtesy of Budweiser and Constellation Energy Nuclear Group.
Foghat is a British rock band that began performing in 1971. Their second self-titled album, Foghat, went gold before 1974. A 1975 album, Fool for the City, spawned the hit single “Slow Ride” which rose to #20 on the US charts. Their 1977 album, Foghat Live, sold over 2,000,000 copies.
Follow-up hits in Foghat’s career included, “Drivin’ Wheel”, “Stone Blue” and “Third Time Lucky (The First Time I Was a Fool)”. After band members went in various directions, in 1993, at the urging of producer Rick Rubin, the original line-up reunited. The group released a studio album entitled Return of the Boogie Men in 1994 and a live album entitled Road Cases in 1998. The final album of the decade, King Biscuit Flower Hour, was from the syndicated radio show of the same name. Original founding members Dave Peverett and Rod Price passed away in the early 2000’s but Foghat continues to tour and be a popular live band belting out the classic hits that made them a staple of the rock and roll community over three decades ago.
Blue Oyster Cult is an American rock band from Long Island, New York, best known for such hard rock songs as “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper”, “Burnin’ for You”, and “Godzilla”. Since the release of their self-titled debut album in 1972, the band has sold over 24 million albums worldwide, including 7 million in the United States alone. The band’s music videos, especially “Burnin’ for You”, received heavy rotation on MTV when the music television network premiered in 1981, cementing the band’s contribution to the development and success of the music video in modern pop culture.
Today, Blue Oyster Cult’s music continues to be played on radio stations as well as in movies, television shows, and commercials, and even during sporting events. Blue Oyster Cult’s current lineup includes long-time members Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser (lead guitar, vocals) and Eric Bloom (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboard), as well as Jules Radino (drums, percussion), Richie Castellano (keyboard, guitar, vocals), and Kasim Sulton (bass guitar).
The finishing touches are being put on Friday night for the NRG Lakeview Stage but the performances from Foghat and Blue Oyster Cult are sure to rival any headliner concerts in the history of Harborfest. The complete entertainment line-up and show times for the Budweiser and Constellation Energy Nuclear Group sponsored evening will be posted as they are finalized at www.oswegoharborfest.com.
The largest line-up annually at Harborfest on the NRG Oswego Harbor Power “Lakeview Stage” in Breitbeck Park, is reserved for Saturday afternoon and evening. That will again be the case on Saturday July 27, 2013 as Oswego’s Harborfest, New York State’s Premier Admission-Free Festival, will be proud to welcome great regional bands to the NRG Lakeview Stage before and after the world class Grucci fireworks display presented by Entergy.
The afternoon starts off with powerful Oswego and Syracuse, New York, based rock band F5. They are a crowd pleasing group playing a wide variety of music from Van Halen, Ozzy Osbourne and Led Zeppelin to Breaking Benjamin, Nickleback and Shinedown. They also cover some in-between music favorites like Michael Jackson and more. F5 is sure to produce one of the best shows you will see in the Central New York area.
Next up will be The Fabulous Ripcords, who can be heard most weekends in CNY rippin’ through Roots, Rock-a-Billy, Country, Blues, Swing, and music influenced by both New Orleans, Bakersfield and more. The Fabulous Ripcords have performed all across the northeast in addition to their home in Central New York. Over the years, the band and its members have opened for and played on bills with such noted musicians as Santana, Steve Miller, Phish, John Lee Hooker, Edgar Winter and others. The Fabulous Ripcords began as a project put together by Rex Lyons to explore some of his favorite music using some of his collaborators in The Roustabouts, another renowned roots band in CNY fronted by Dugan Henhawk. Rex’s cousin, Irv Lyons Jr. was brought in to play guitar and sing and Phil Regan came aboard on the drums. Jay Gould, on bass and Scott Ebner on keyboards round out the lineup.
The next act to take to the NRG Lakeview Stage will be Pete Witham & The Cozmic Zombies. Direct to the point, Witham and the Zombies are a Rockabilly/Psychobilly act that plays blazing original roots music. Pete’s songs combine witty lyrics, theatrical delivery and a heavy dose of chicken plucking stomp.
The evening rounds out with the fireworks “wrap” concert from AC/DC tribute band LIVE WIRE who will perform before and after the world class Grucci fireworks display presented by Entergy. LIVE WIRE emulates the pure essence, power, and electricity of what an AC/DC show is all about and has proven that to audiences time and time again. LIVE WIRE performs the best of AC/DC from the early roots of the bands Australian club circuit days, to the superstar worldwide status of their present hits.
LIVE WIRE, from the New York metro area is comprised of five veteran professional musicians which are some of the very finest AC/DC member clones/impersonators to form the most accurate AC/DC live show you will ever see, next to the real thing.
LIVE WIRE can give you the biggest hits: “You Shook Me All Night Long”, “Highway To Hell”, “Back In Black”, “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap”, “T.N.T.”, “Whole Lotta Rosie”, “Thunderstruck”, “Hells Bells” and more, to the other big fan favorites such as “Shoot To Thrill”, “Have A Drink On Me”, “Sin City”, “Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be”, “Jailbreak”, “Shot Down In Flames” and many, many more. Their repertoire is continually growing, now over 80 songs strong, and they continue to add new songs to set lists as often as they can.
The finishing touches are being put on the Saturday acts for the NRG Lakeview Stage but these great performances, capped off by LIVE WIRE, are sure to make for a great afternoon and evening for all that attend. The complete entertainment line-up and show times will be posted as they are finalized at www.oswegoharborfest.com.
C’s Beverage Center returns in 2013 to again sponsor the C’s Beverage Center “Veteran’s Stage” at River Walk West. Plenty of additions are being brought to River Walk West in 2013, which has been a staple venue at Harborfest for over two decades. C’s Beverage Center and Farm Market, located in Oswego, has been a longtime supporter of the festival and will welcome some of the best local and regional acts to the “Veterans Stage” again in 2013.
Things get underway on Friday afternoon at the C’s Beverage Center “Veteran’s Stage” with the local group, the Brian Wheat Band. This Indie Folk Rock group has been influenced by distinctive writings of such groups as Credence Clearwater Revival and Neil Young. Next up on the stage will be Amanda Lee peers & The Driftwood Sailors. This group plays with a rock ‘n roll swagger and a raw edge honkey tonk groove. They have been compared to the Black Crowes and have opened for Bruce Hormsby in 2012. The final act of the day will be Pete Witham & The Cozmic Zombies, with their Rockabilly/Psychobilly blazing original root music. Pete’s songs combine witty lyrics, theatrical delivery and a heavy dose of chicken plucking stomp.
The line-up of acts on Saturday on the C’s Beverage Center “Veteran’s Stage” is also made possible by the sponsorship of Community Bank, which opened a new branch in Oswego in July of 2012 and quickly became an Historic Trolley Sponsor at last year’s festival. The first act to take to the stage on Saturday will be Colleen Kattau & Some Guys. Kattau is a bi-lingual singer-songwriter with Latin American roots along with rock and folk. Along with sax and bass accompaniment, Kattau and Some Guys deliver the goods in concert. Next up is Williams Road, a group composed of members with different musical backgrounds, from the classically trained to the self-taught. Together they produce a solid and distinctive blend of folk, roots, indie and Americana music. The next group to take the stage is Dapp, who is the singer, songwriter, bassist and front man for his four piece “frunk” band. In a relatively short time, he has built a reputation for the spontaneous and improvisational style of his funk/rock and jam-pop songs and performances. Their free style jam sessions, brought together by tight arrangements, have made Dapp a crowd favorite wherever they perform. The fourth and final group courtesy of Community bank on the C’s Beverage Center “Veteran’s Stage” on Saturday will be Von Shakes. They are a Dublin Indie Rock & Roll band with a bit of punk edge and a lot of furious guitar and hard pelting drums in their sound. With their gloriously impassioned sound, great vocals and catchy lyrics, they have been busy touring the northeastern United States since spring of 2012 when they came to New York City from Dublin after a history of playing the best venues in their native land.
Harborfest winds down on Sunday but there are still two great acts on the C’s Beverage Center “Veteran’s Stage”. First up is Bread & Circuses. This Indie American rock band formed by singer/songwriter John Axtell, has a rotating cast of musicians both live and in the studio. The group with roots in the southwest has expanded their appearances to include west coast and east coast destinations. The band plays a unique hybrid of musical styles, with songs that run the gamut from up-tempo stomps and gritty rockers, to down-tempo desert blues jams. The busy weekend on the stage concludes with regional rock band powerhouse Stone Soul Foundation. With dynamic and powerful lyrics, guitar riffs and heart pounding drums, the group creates original blues injected with heavy rock and metal. Their sound is familiar to Black Sabbath with elements of funk. Their sound is a relatable on many levels with a style reminiscent of the great 70’s classic rock and metal, yet maintaining a fresh and relevant sound for today’s music enthusiasts.
Any updates in acts or show times will be posted when they are finalized.
The Oswego County Federal Credit Union Jazz & Blues Park will be the site of nearly a dozen bands for Harborfest in 2013. The popular eastside venue, located in Washington Square, traditionally is the setting for some of the best regional and national jazz and blues artists each year. Oswego’s Harborfest, New York State’s Premier Admission-Free Festival, will be proud to welcome three days full of great music to the Labatt Blue Light Jazz & Blues Stage from Friday through Sunday July 26-28, 2013.
Getting things started off on Friday July 26th in the Oswego County Federal Credit Union Jazz & Blues Park will be “Our Friends Band”, based in Oswego, New York. They will bring their blend of funky blues to the Labatt Blue Light Jazz & Blues Stage at 1:30. Next up will be “Funky Blu Roots”, from Pompano Beach, Florida. They will entertain the crowd with their blues rock show at 3:30. The third slot on Friday belongs to the “Billy Hector Band” from New Jersey. This group, taking the stage at 5:30, boasts Asbury Park Awards for Best Guitarist, Best Blues Band and Living Legend. Next up on the schedule will be the “Jimmy Wolf Band” from the Mohawk Valley region of New York State. Their blues, rock and R&B show will hit the stage at 7:30. Rounding out the night on the Labatt Blue Light Jazz & Blues Stage will be “Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues” with roots dating back to Chicago in 1964 working with Muddy Waters. This final performance on the first full day of Harborfest in the Oswego County Federal Credit Union Jazz & Blues Park will be at 9:30
Saturday July 27th will find five more time slots filled up in the Oswego County Federal Credit Union Jazz & Blues Park at the popular Washington Square venue. The first group of the day is “Paradigm Shift” based in Rochester, New York. Their soul jazz music will take to the stage at 1:15 in the afternoon. Next up will be “E.S.P.” based in Syracuse, New York. Their Latin jazz sounds will be on stage at 3:30. The next combination is sure to be a favorite of the day as Harborfest is always proud to be able to involve musicians connected to the SUNY system whenever possible. This year SUNY Fredonia and SUNY Oswego will be represented in the time slot that begins at 5:45 on the Labatt Blue Light Jazz & Blues Stage. The final act of the night will “wrap” around the Grucci fireworks display presented by Entergy. It will be a repeat performance from Friday night as “Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues” will take the stage at 8:00 and then again at 10:00 upon the completion of the fireworks display.
Two great acts in the Oswego County Federal Credit Union Jazz & Blues Park will round out Harborfest on Sunday July 28, 2013. First up will be “Brownskin Band” based in Syracuse, New York. Their R&B style of music will take to the stage at 1:00. Finally, one of the most powerful horn bands to ever hit the jazz and blues scene will round out the festival as “Prime Time Funk” takes to the Labatt Blue Light Jazz & Blues Stage at 3:00. This ten piece horn band with roots in Rochester, New York, boasts some of the best jazz and blues musicians anyplace.
2013 should be nothing short of spectacular in the Oswego County Federal Credit Union Jazz & Blues Park. Along with three days full of great local, regional and national artists, visitors will be able to enjoy the Jazz & Blues Café and many food vendors including the “Price Chopper House of BBQ”. Any updates in acts or show times posted as they occur at www.oswegoharborfest.com.
A great afternoon is lined up for the NRG Oswego Harbor Power “Lakeview Stage” in Breitbeck Park on Sunday July 28, 2013 as the 26th version of the festival comes to a close. Oswego’s Harborfest, New York State’s Premier Admission-Free Festival, will be hosting a touring Americana group along with a tribute performance to one of the most recognizable artists of all time on the NRG Lakeview Stage.
The Andrew and Noah Band start the day off with their refreshing and original approach to Americana music. They are a unique group consisting of mandolin, fiddle, banjo, accordion, sax, electric guitar, bass and drums. The band’s mixology isn’t as direct as other acts in the Americana genre. Brothers Andrew and Noah VanNorstrand write the core of the material and apply a myriad of interesting influences from Cajun to Celtic to Jazz and Swing. Such eclectic efforts by the Andrew and Noah Band often result in a seamless blend for their desired results.
Next up is the Ruddy Well Band which has roots in Americana folk and rock with strong harmonies and genre bending songs with high energy driving rhythms. This Syracuse area band consists of Andrew Ruddy (vocals, guitar, banjo, harmonica), Monique Ritter (vocal, violin), Ryan Burdick (vocals, guitar, percussion, harmonica) and Blake Propst (upright bass, vocals).
Closing out the day on the NRG Lakeview Stage will be “Real Diamond”, which is a professional band, dedicated to the faithful re-creation of the live Neil Diamond experience. They are obsessively passionate about providing the audience the finest Neil Diamond show short of having the man there himself. Curt Di Domizio fronts the band with a chillingly realistic Neil Diamond interpretation. The audience will be amazed and dazzled as they dance and sing along to four decades of incredible, unforgettable songs.
The set list includes note-for-note renditions of all Neil Diamond’s greatest hits including: Cherry Cherry, Holly Holy, Kentucky Woman, Cracklin Rosie, Sweet Caroline, America, Love on the Rocks, September Morn, Solitary Man, I’m a Believer, Song Sung Blue, Heartlight, You Don’t Bring me Flowers, If You Know What I Mean, Thank the Lord for the Nighttime, I am..I Said, Hello Again, Brother Loves Traveling Salvation Show, Play Me, Desiree, Shilo, He Ain’t Heavy, Red Red Wine, Forever in Blue Jeans, Beautiful Noise and many more.
The finishing touches are being put on the details for Sunday on the NRG Lakeview Stage but the afternoon performances, ending with Real Diamond, are sure to make for a great ending to Harborfest 2013. The complete entertainment line-up and show times will be posted as they are finalized at www.oswegoharborfest.com.
They are…synonymous with Harborfest. They are..part of the copyrighted logo for the festival. They are…the “Fireworks Spectacular by Grucci”. For twenty five years, the signature venue for Harborfest has been the Saturday night fireworks display which has never been rained out.
Entergy Nuclear is proud to again be the main sponsor, of the main attraction, at the 26th annual Harborfest this July. “On behalf of the 15,000 Entergy employees nation-wide and especially the 650 employees at FitzPatrick, were proud to partner again with Harborfest and Fireworks by Grucci,” said Entergy Nuclear’s James A. FitzPatrick Site Vice President Larry Coyle. “Our sponsorship of this exciting event gives us an opportunity to give back to the community in which our employees work and live.”
“It’s impressive to see how many of our employees pitch in and contribute to all the activities that make Harborfest a success, said FitzPatrick Communications Specialist Tammy Holden. “Their continued involvement helps to provide logistical support to the festival and free, educational and fun activities for families at Entergy’s tents located in Breitbeck Park.”
The fireworks spectacular by Grucci seems to get better with each passing year and there is little doubt that the 26th version of this world class display will be the best yet. According to company president, Phil Grucci, new technology will allow them to produce a specific design in the 2013 show which has never been seen at Harborfest.
In addition to Entergy being the exclusive sponsor of the “Fireworks Spectacular by Grucci”, Y94 FM in Syracuse will be the promotional radio media sponsor leading up to the event and they will be on hand to introduce Live Wire, the AC/DC tribute band, on the Lakeview Stage in Breitbeck Park on that night. During the fireworks, bring a portable radio and listen to the long-time simulcast partner, WNYO at 88.9 FM, as they simulcast the Entergy song list that the fireworks are coordinated with.
The best viewing for the Entergy “Fireworks Spectacular by Grucci” ranges from Fort Ontario on the east side of Oswego to the inner harbor and Breitbeck park areas on the west side.