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Kansas Headlines Friday Night At Harborfest

OSWEGO, NY – Kansas, one of America’s greatest and most successful progressive rock bands, will headline Friday night at Harborfest 2010.

Kansas has produced eight gold albums, three sextuple-Platinum albums, one platinum live album and a million-selling gold single during its 35 years of existence.

Constellation Energy Nuclear Group, a long time supporter of Harborfest will sponsor the July 23 concert on the Lakeview Stage in Breitbeck Park.

Kansas will headline Friday night at Harborfest 2010.
Kansas will headline Friday night at Harborfest 2010.

“We are so fortunate to be able to bring such a popular and powerful act as Kansas to Harborfest 2010,” said Harborfest executive director Tom Van Schaack. “We are pleased that Constellation Energy Nuclear Group has stepped up to the plate to sponsor this terrific event and we can’t thank them enough for their continued support of Harborfest.”

From the beginning, this Topeka, Kansas, “garage band” achieved success playing only their original music.

Their debut album, Kansas, was released in 1974.

On the strength of their hit single “Carry On Wayward Son” (#11 on the Billboard charts), the band’s fourth album, Leftoverture was released in October 1976 and hit #5 on the charts.

The title song was the closing song to the 1977 movie Heroes, featuring Henry Winkler and Sally Field.

The follow up Point of Know Return (#4), released in October 1977, featured the title track and “Dust in the Wind,” both hit singles.

“Constellation Energy Nuclear Group and the employees at the Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station are proud to join Harborfest in bringing Central New York a wonderful evening of entertainment,” said Sam Belcher, vice president, Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station. “We are fortunate to operate Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station in a community that has long supported nuclear power. Sponsoring the Friday night concert is one of the ways we can give back to the community and play a role in bringing people into our city.”

Kansas is Phil Ehart (drums), Bill Greer (bass guitar), Dave Ragsdale (violins, guitar), Steve Walsh (keyboards, vocals) and Richard Williams (lead guitar).

Thunderfoot, from Shoals Creek, Alabama, will open the Friday night concert beginning at 7:30.

Harborfest 2010 is scheduled for July 22-25.