The Family Stone Bring Legendary Funk Dynasty to Harborfest

The Family Stone

The Family Stone

The Family Stone
The Family Stone

OSWEGO, NY – Oswego Harborfest is pleased to announce its headlining act for Thursday, July 27.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees, R & B Pioneer Award Winners, and original founding members of Sly and The Family Stone – Jerry Martini and Greg Errico – together, part of the first inter-racial, inter-gender mainstream band in Rock & Roll history bring the chart-topping hits of Sly and the Family Stone to the NRG Lakeview Stage in a concert sponsored by Cayuga Community College and C&S Companies.

The two music legends are joined by the powerful voices of Phunne Stone (the daughter of Sly Stone and the late Cynthia Robinson) and Alex Davis on vocals.

They bring a message of peace, love, and social consciousness through musical harmony with some of the funkiest players of all time, including Nate Wingfield on guitar, Jimmy McKinney on keys and musical director Blaise Sison on bass, all adding just the right ingredients for the raw Family Stone sound.

The Family Stone present an explosive set of their psychedelic funk classics of the 1960s and ’70s, the raw and unfiltered sound of which has been the building blocks of many, if not most, modern artists’ toolkits. Sampled and covered by major artists around the world, the cultural significance of their contribution to music is immeasurable.

Shaping the music of artists like Michael Jackson, Prince, Run DMC, John Mayer, John Legend, Madonna, 2Pac, Public Enemy, Missy Elliott, Outkast, the Beach Boys, Steven Tyler, and too many other top 40 artists to mention, the group has become venerable giants in the music industry.

The group will perform some of their most legendary anthems like “I Want to Take You Higher,” “Dance to The Music,” “Everyday People,” “Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Again,” “Sing a Simple Song” and many other tunes from their vast catalog, including their 1969 album Stand!

Stand! was declared a National Treasure in 2015 and was also inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

The Family Stone keeps the legacy true to its original sound and raw funk groove through a musical experience that has brought them in front of millions at gatherings both large and small including Woodstock, Coachella, Glastonbury and Tokyo Jazz – spreading the roots of funk that is a truly revolutionary experience.

The Family Stone will remind Harborfest-goers that “You Can Make it If You Try” at 9 p.m. on  July 27 on the NRG Lakeview Stage in Breitbeck Park.

The legendary band celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

Harborfest also celebrates an anniversary this year, with 2017 marking the 30th edition of the summer music festival.

Harborfest is one of the few admission-free music festivals in the country.

It 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 musical performances, sponsorship opportunities for said performances, Harborfest itself or to contribute to the support of the region-wide event, contact the Harborfest offices at 41 Lake St., Oswego, NY 13126 or visit


  1. I remember seeing Sly & The Family Stone in concert back in the fall of 1969 at Laker Hall at S.U.C.O.
    Probably one of the best concerts I have ever seen. They were very loud and the crowd went wild.

  2. I guess I’m not really surprised that nobody else seems to remember that particular concert, being so long ago. While Oswego has had many great acts play at Harborfest, the college used to have many as well back in the day when they were either at the height of their success, or just gaining popularity. Sly & The Family Stone was only one of many. The Jefferson Airplane played the same venue the week before Sly & The Family Stone. Other groups right around the same time that also played there were Larry Coryell & The Eleventh House, and Seatrain…even BJ Thomas. Deep Purple I believe played at Lee Hall in 1970, and Don McClain with a great backing group played outside behind the old Campus School. The Doors also played behind Lakeside Dining Hall in 1967 or ’68. They were all great performances considering they were small venues and the groups were at their peak of popularity around the same time.

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