OSWEGO, NY – Gin Blossoms and special guests Fastball and The Rembrandts will rock the Breitbeck Park NRG Lakeview stage on July 24 as the “Circle of Friends” Tour for night number two of Oswego Harborfest.
The featured trio of Friday night bands will be capped off at 10 p.m. when Gin Blossoms take the stage. The special guests will commence with The Rembrandts at 7 p.m. followed by Fastball at 8:30 p.m.
Harborfest Executive Director Doug Buske said, “We are bringing in the best talent we can afford for this year’s event. Gin Blossoms, Fastball and The Rembrandt’s are well-known and have had numerous hits. Night two of Harborfest should be a genuinely exciting and fun night at Breitbeck Park.”
For more than two decades, Gin Blossoms have defined the sound of jangle pop.
Singer-guitarist Robin Wilson together with guitarist Jesse Valenzuela and bassist Bill Leen co-founded the group in 1987.
A nation-wide poll named the Gin Blossoms the most 90s band in the country. With hits Grammy nominated “As Long As It Matters,” “Hey Jealousy,” “Allison Road,” “Until I Fall Away,” “Mrs. Rita” and “Found Out About You” the band captured the 90s alternative rock scene.
The Gin Blossoms have described themselves as a band that has a little something for everybody and pride themselves on the quality of their music. Their most recent album, “No Chocolate Cake” featuring the song “Miss Disarray” landed the band on Billboard’s Top 200 at #73 and slayed the Amazon chart, soaring to number one on the list.
“We’re entertaining and we have chops,” said Wilson. “But it really comes down to the songs. The reason we’re still here is that we have good songs. When young musicians ask me for advice, what’s the best thing to do to further my career, I always say, ‘Write good songs’ It always comes down to that.”
Almost 20 years of rock ‘n’ roll has done anything, but slow down Fastball. Miles Zuniga, Tony Scalzo, and Joey Shuffield, boast such accomplishments as platinum-selling album, two Grammy nominations, and an MTV Music Award nomination.
Their second album, “All The Pain Money Can Buy” sold more than one million copies within six months. The album included hits like “The Way,” “Fire Escape,” and “Out of My Head.” In 2007, VH1 named “The Way” #94 on the 100 Greatest Songs of the 90s.
The Rembrandts became household names when their song, “I’ll Be There For You,” off the album LP, was chosen to be the theme song of the beloved television sitcom, “Friends.”
Their iconic song reached #17 on the Billboard Top 100 in 1995 and remained on the chart for eight weeks. LP went multi-platinum, thanks in part to their smash hit. Since then, The Rembrandts have gone on to record songs like “Just The Way It Is, Baby” and “Johnny Have You Seen Her.”
Buske said,” Oswego Harborfest is certainly known for its 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 Street, Oswego, N.Y. 13126 or by calling 315-343-6858.”