2010 Harborfest Song Chosen

Oswego, NY – Harborfest announced today that “Making Waves” is the 2010 winner of the Harborfest Song Contest. Michael Place and the Oswego County All-Stars submitted their recording and were selected from the pool of entries as this year’s winner.

“The Harborfest Song is a staple of the festival every year,” said Tom Van Schaack, Executive Director of Harborfest.  “Every year we receive some great entries, and this year was no different.  To have the winner of the inaugural Harborfest Song repeat in 2010 is quite an accomplishment.”

Michael Place, who’s entry “Where the Water Never Ends” was named the inaugural Harborfest Song in 1993, and the band The Oswego County All-Stars will perform the 2010 Harborfest Song “Making Waves” at the Harborfest Opening Ceremonies on the NRG Lakeview Stage in Breitbeck Park, Thursday, July 22.

“I see “Making Waves” as a companion piece to “Where the Water Never Ends”, said Place.  “Where “Water” has a more laid-back feel and conjures images of the journey to Oswego and the power and majesty of Lake Ontario, “Waves” is much more upbeat and captures the spirit of the festival.”

Place, best known for his work with Frostbit Blue, and his band mates got together for the sole purpose of recording and performing “Making Waves”.  Joining Place in the Oswego County All-Stars is Dave Wolever (guitar, vocals), Tiger (guitar, vocals), Kimo Cortini (keyboards, vocals), Eric Wilson (drums, vocals) and Bill Place (bass guitar, vocals).

Place will receive a $500 award for his composition.  The song will also be incorporated into the music track for the Entergy Nuclear Fireworks Spectacular on Saturday, July 24.

“The Harborfest Programming committee felt that the winning selection best reflected what Harborfest means and fit the process the committee takes in selecting the Harborfest Song,” said Van Schaack.

According to committee member Stan Gosek, “Over the years we have developed an approach to selecting the Harborfest song that works very well.  We critically examine the lyrics to make sure that they address the identity of the festival, which are family, friends, music, the fireworks and the beauty of our area.  We also listen for a catchy, memorable melody with a hook that will grab the listener and leave them with a positive, upbeat impression of Harborfest,” explained Gosek.  He also said that song selection is done using a ‘blind judging’ process, where the committee reviews the lyrics and listens to the song without knowing who the performer is.”

Slated for July 22-25, the 2010 edition of Harborfest will feature plenty of food, fun and entertainment as venues on both Oswego’s east and west sides will be used to deliver the excitement.  A wide variety of entertainment will be featured on stages throughout the city of Oswego including, the Jazz & Blues Stage in East Park, the Veteran’s Stage on West River Walk, the Family Stage at the Novelis Family Park at Fort Ontario and the NRG Lakeview Stage in Breitbeck Park.