Thank you to Peekskill Celebration for providing this information: Peekskill Celebration organizers announced the final line-up of world class entertainment, featuring the brightest and best Hudson Valley talent, to perform August 3 - 4, 2012 at Peekskill Riverfront Green Park, Peekskill, NY. Ranging from jazz to rock n’ roll to popular music, Peekskill Celebration presents two stages of overflowing entertainment, one geared towards all ages, one geared towards families, teens and kids. Entry to the park and the musical performances are free.
Celebration’s Main Stage kick off concert features the West Point Jazz Knights on Friday, August 3, 2012 from 6pm to 9pm. The West Point Jazz Knights are bringing over three decades of musical excellence to Peekskill Celebration for the first time, playing big band favorites, popular music, and original compositions and arrangements for jazz ensembles.
“Because of their popularity, we have been trying to get the Jazz Knights to perform at Celebration for a number of years, but there was always a scheduling conflict. We booked last fall when we found out they’d be available during this year’s Celebration weekend. They are a crowd favorite where ever they play,” said Catherine Montaldo, Celebration’s Executive Director.
Opening act is the Burr Johnson Trio. Johnson is an innovative guitarist whose powerful technique and artistic diversity have won wide recognition all over the world. Noticeable touches of jazz, rock and blues are heard through out his performances.
A full day of entertainment is on tap Saturday, Aug. 4 from 1 p.m. to 10:30p.m. for all ages. The Main Stage Premiere performance features New York Uproar before and after the Entergy Fireworks Extravaganza. The band brings together some of Westchester’s finest musicians today who bring alive, and keep alive, the music of rock, soul, and R&B horn bands of the 1960s and 70s.
The full Main Stage schedule of acts, emceed by Lynn Darlington and sponsored by the Plumbers, Steamfitters and HVACR Service Union Local 21 and Frank & Lindy Plumbing and Heating Inc. is:
1:00-2:00PM Uncle Joel's Comb
2:15-3:15PM Fred Scribner
4:45-5:45PM The Geoff Hartwell Band
6:00-7:00PM Coyote Love
7:15-8:15PM The Mark Von Em Band
8:30-9:15PM New York Uproar
9:15-9:40PM Entergy Fireworks Extravaganza
9:40-10:30PM New York Uproar
Sponsored by the H.O.P.E. For Youth Foundation and emceed by Magical Margo, the Family Stage features the following entertainment on Saturday, August 4:
2:00-2:45PM Home Town Hero (formerly Backlash)
3:00-4:00PM The WIZ KIDZ
4:15-5:00PM Ray Blue
5:15-6:00PM Myles Mancuso
In addition to the musical performances, Chris Clark brings his Bicycle Stunt Show back to Celebration again this year at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm on Saturday only.
For more information, please visit www.peekskillcelebration.com.