Back on the Waterfront: Sackets Harbor Music Series Returns June 27 | Arts and entertainment
HARBOR SACKETS – A summer musical tradition is welcomed here as warmly as a cool summer breeze, as the people of the local historical society that hosts it breathe easily.
“Everyone keeps asking: are the concerts taking place this year? ”Said David Altieri, president of the Sackets Harbor Historical Society, host of the annual Concerts on the Waterfront series last month. “We kept saying, ‘We hope so. We expect everything is in place. Now we can say with more certainty, “Yes, they continue. I think people are very excited.
The concerts, held in a grove of Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site overlooking Lake Ontario, are regularly hailed by its musical guests as one of the most beautiful outdoor venues in which they have performed.
The series begins Sunday afternoon.
“We have a good mix and some old favorites and some real big names,” Altieri said. “We are looking for a good year. Fortunately, there is a lot of pent-up desire to be outside and do things.
Last year the concert series, which would have been its 36th annual edition, was another victim of the COVID-19 pandemic but a few virtual concerts have taken place. This year, with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s June 15 announcement that the state has lifted restrictions on the pandemic, concert organizers share a sense of relief that has spread across the state.
“The groups were scheduled with a little bit of hope and optimism about loosening restrictions and reopening things, and it looks like that is happening,” Altieri said. “We are operating in the hope that we can have them pretty much the same as before. We think it’s a very safe outdoor environment for concerts. We hope people take advantage of it and get back to normal by at least going to a few concerts. “
There are 11 acts in the series, which run from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. This year’s theme is “Happy To Be Together Again”.
The series has a traditional opening with this Watertown-based band, who have played on the series for almost 35 years. The founder of the group, Frank J. Sacci, passed away in June 2014. The group has about fifteen members, coming from a region stretching from Potsdam to Oswego. It is dedicated to the interpretation of popular jazz styles from the “golden age of swing”.
July 4 Music of the 10th Mountain Division
This group is also a tradition in the series. Musical soldiers from the local army unit will offer the audience sounds of pop, classics and standards. The concert is provisional depending on the group’s schedule.
July 11 Bryan Brundige and his Piggly Wigglies
This Albany swing group is dedicated to jazz and dance music from the 1920s to the 1940s.
This large brassy party band, originally called the Atlas Linen Company, was a favorite of the Sackets Harbor series and drew thousands of fans to the battlefield. Atlas, with members based in Syracuse and Rochester, shines the spotlight on 20th century music, ranging from Earth, Wind and Fire to Tower of Power to Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett. Atlas formed in 1981 in Syracuse. In its early days, the group was called Atlas Linen Company.
July 25 The Jess Novak Band
Jess Novak, who plays violin, guitar, piano, percussion and singing, is joined by his energetic band. He has given more than 250 concerts across the country, from Vermont to California. The group won the Best Pop Group award at the 2021 Syracuse Area Music Awards.
This Buffalo band specializes in Afro-Cuban and Puerto Rican tunes.
August 8 The Bad Husbands Club
This rock, blues and vintage rock band is based in the north of the country.
August 15 The Gibson Brothers
This Vermont-based duo, the Leigh brothers and Eric, are one of the most popular artists in bluegrass and have been featured several times in the series. Their latest album is “Mockingbird,” a mix of classic rock and country inspired by the 1970s. The concert is expected to attract a large crowd.
This classic 50s and 60s rock n ‘roll band based in Wayne County has performed at the New York State Fair for over 20 years.
August 29 Double Barrel Blues Band
Local audiences may have known this group since the opening of the annual July 4th concert at Thompson Park, Watertown. He opened for national groups such as the Marshall Tucker Band, The Fabulous Thunderbirds and Savoy Brown. He mainly performs original songs. They are several times winners of the Upper State Independent Awards in the category best blues music.
September 5 DeSantis group and orchestra
The group will bring their signature mix of big band and popular music while continuing their tradition of closing the series.
n WHAT: Annual Sackets Harbor Waterfront Concert Series sponsored by the Sackets Harbor Historical Society.
n WHEN: The 11 Sunday concerts in the series open this Sunday with the Sacci Band and end on September 5 with the Desantis Band and Orchestra. Concerts are from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
# W: At Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site.
n COT: No admission, but donations accepted.
n LOCATION OF THE RAIN: To be determined.