Harborfest Opening Night Adds More Good Time Music

Nik and the Nice Guys

Nik and the Nice Guys

OSWEGO – Opening night of the 28th edition of Oswego Harborfest will be a family party night with the announcement of another spectacular musical act on the NRG Lakeview Stage.

Nik and the Nice Guys will open this year’s four-day musical and pyrotechnic celebration on July 23.

Nik and the Nice Guys
Nik and the Nice Guys

This high energy, rock and roll band features 11 multi-talented musicians and performers including a female singer, dancers and  the “Niktones” horn section.

Harborfest Executive Director Doug Buske said, “Nik and the Nice Guys have provided plenty of good time music over the years. No one will be sitting down as the festival will open with a family party atmosphere with entertaining and dance music. We are glad to have them aboard for this year’s festival as not only do they have their own following, but are always creating new fans with their crowd-pleasing show.”

Following the Nice Guys will be official opening ceremonies and then Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals to cap off a spectacular first night.

Nik and the Nice Guys was formed by a group of hockey players at St. Lawrence University that including National Hockey League coach Mike Keenan and present day Nik manager Gary Webb.

The group disbanded upon graduation, but then reformed in the 1980s in Rochester when Keenan accepted a coaching job with the Rochester Americans.

Originally, the recreated band was a means for day-time business professional to become night-time party animals raising funds for charity.

However, the continued success of the band has led to a full-time musical commitment.

Buske said,” We are certainly known for the reputation as one of the few admission free music festivals in the nation. It would not be possible to continue this event without the massive support we receive from the city of Oswego, governmental entities, businesses, organizations and individual and family members.  If anyone would like to contribute to the support of this fantastic region wide event we can be reached at 41 Lake St., Oswego, N.Y. 13126 or by calling 315-343-6858.”