Thursday – C&S Companies…Van Halen Nation & Devonshires
Van Halen Nation, a Van Halen tribute band will take to the NRG 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.
Next up are returning Harborfest favorites 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.
Friday – Budweiser & C.E.N.G. present Foghat & Blue Oyster Cult
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).
Saturday – AC/DC tribute band “wraps” around the fireworks
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.
Sunday – Neil Diamond tribute closes out Harborfest
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.
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.