OSWEGO, NY – Year after year, Oswego Harborfest strives to bring musicians to its headlining stages whose legacies precede them. This year is no exception.
One of the largest free-admission music festivals in the country, Harborfest is proud to announce a headlining roster consisting of artists Blues Traveler, Dennis DeYoung playing the music of Styx, Eaglemania (the world’s greatest Eagles cover band), Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys (featuring Westside Andy Linderman on harmonica), and Enter the Haggis, as well as a diverse roster of richly talented local and visiting musicians.
Blues Traveler was formed in 1987, and since then has tirelessly changed the face of music.
The band’s music covers a variety of genres, including blues rock, psychedelic rock, folk rock, soul, and Southern rock.
Their ever-evolving sound has enchanted listeners for nearly 30 years and provided the musical soundtrack to multiple generations with smash hits like “Hook,” “Run Around,” and “But Anyway.”
Their most recent studio album, Blow Up the Moon, was released last year to critical acclaim and showed a unique collaborative approach to music that proves the band’s credentials as rock innovators.
The band takes the NRG Lakeview Stage in Breitbeck Park at 9:15 p.m. on July 28, with a performance courtesy of C&S Companies and Cayuga Community College.
Dennis DeYoung is an American singer, songwriter, musician and producer who was one of the original members and lead vocalist and keyboardist of the Chicago super-group Styx from 1970 until 1990.
He is credited with writing more Styx songs than any other band member and has been honored by his native city of Chicago as “Great Performer of Illinois.”
His songwriting ability and musical talent created some of music’s most iconic hits, and he brings that star power to the stage during Harborfest’s 29th annual summer festival.
DeYoung takes the NRG Lakeview Stage at 10 p.m. on July 29 with a performance partially sponsored by Eagle Beverage Budweiser.
Since its inception, EagleMania has been thrilling audiences all over the East Coast with its stunning five-part harmonies and uncanny ability to emulate The Eagles note by note, earning the title of “The World’s Greatest Eagles Tribute Band.”
The band consists of an ensemble of veteran musicians who train extensively to perform Eagles songs exactly as they were meant to be played in order to take audiences on a journey of the unforgettable music of one of the greatest bands of all time.
If you love the Eagles, you’ll love Eaglemania.
The band takes the NRG Lakeview Stage at 5 p.m. on July 31.
Bringing crowds to their feet at the hardest to please night clubs in the Midwest, Reverend Raven and the Chain Smoking Altar Boys play traditional blues, straight up with a big dose of passion.
With smoking grooves, served up with hot harmonica and smooth stinging guitar, they play original songs peppered with nods to Slim Harpo, Little Walter, Jimmy Rogers, Billy Boy Arnold, Junior Wells and The Three Kings.
The band features special Harborfest guest Westside Andy Linderman, world class harmonica player.
Reverend Raven takes the Eagle Beverage Labatt Blue Light Stage in East Park at 9:30 p.m. on July 29 and at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. on July 30.
Since 1995, Enter The Haggis has led the charge among Celtic rock bands, delighting fans with its memorable performances, inspired songwriting, musical proficiency and high quality recordings.
The Toronto-based band has released eight acclaimed studio albums, the most recent debuting at #9 on the U.S. national Billboard Heatseekers charts.
The band’s signature sound and hard rock rhythm, reminiscent of the Dropkick Murphys, makes for a rollicking good time.
Enter the Haggis takes the Eagle Beverage Labatt Blue Light Stage at 3:30 p.m. on July 31.
For a complete listing of Harborfest performances and events, visit www.oswegoharborfest.com
Harborfest Executive Director Peter Myles said, “We are excited for our fast-approaching festival, and about the simple fact that our organization can provide this musical experience to thousands upon thousands of festival goers at free admission. We’re lucky to have the support of everyone in the community to be able to continue on this wonderful tradition.”
Harborfest was founded with the mission of creating nationally recognized festivals and events that attract and engage a broad and diverse audience, celebrate and build community and advance economic development in Oswego.
It would not be possible to continue the event without the massive continued support received from the city of Oswego, businesses, organizations, government entities and individuals and family members.
To learn more about the planned headlining acts, other performances and attractions, about Harborfest or to contribute to the support of this amazing region-wide event, contact the Harborfest offices at 41 Lake St., Oswego, NY 13126 or call (315)-343-6858.