Peekskill, N.Y. (June 17, 2019) – Peekskill is celebrating summer this year with a series of free weekly outdoor concerts for all ages. Hosted by the City of Peekskill’s Parks and Recreation Department, the Riverfront Summer Concert Series kicks off with a special holiday performance and fireworks display on Thursday, July 4th at 7:00pm. The concerts, which take place at the Riverfront Green Park, are free and open to the public.
Following the Independence Day Celebration, a new musical group will take the stage each Wednesday for a 7:00pm show. The six-week concert series, featuring a variety of local performers, runs weekly through July 31 and concludes with a special Jazz in the Park performance on Sunday, August 25 from 3:00pm – 9:00pm. The concerts cover a wide range of genres from pop, R&B and rock to jazz and country.
Concertgoers are encouraged to bring blankets or foldable chairs for seating. Picnics are welcome and food is also available for purchase at nearby restaurants. In the event of rain, the Wednesday night concerts will be held at Peekskill Middle School (212 Ringgold Street) and Jazz in the Park will take place at the Peekskill Elks Club (1038 Brown Street). There is no rain site for the concert on July 4.
Thursday, July 4
Billy and the Showmen – Specializing in hard-driving R&B, soul and funk from the 60s and 70s, Billy and the Showmen will kick off the City of Peekskill’s annual Independence Day Celebration with a 7:00pm show sponsored by Walmart. The band’s repertoire includes the best of James Brown; Rick James; Percy Sledge; Blood, Sweat & Tears; Marvin Gaye; Wilson Pickett; Tower of Power; Kool & the Gang; and Otis Redding as well as classic Motown artists such as the Temptations and Sam & Dave. Fireworks will follow the performance at around 9:00pm.
Wednesday, July 10
Performer to be announced. Check the City of Peekskill (@PeekskillGov) and Peekskill Parks and Recreation Department (@PeekskillRecreation) Facebook pages for updates.
Wednesday, July 17
WHAT IT IS – Combining funk, soul, rock, jazz, pop, country and R&B, WHAT IT IS plays the best of Prince, Pharrell Williams, Steely Dan, Pit Bull, Bruno Mars, Springsteen, Chicago, Tower of Power, James Brown, Paul Simon, George Strait, David Bowie, Ray Charles and more. The band is known for their tight, complex vocal and horn arrangements of a wide variety of tunes.
Wednesday, July 24
Country Fresh – Country Fresh plays the “freshest” songs in today’s modern country music scene along with their own originals. The band delivers a high-energy show packed with country twang and southern charm. Grab your cowboy boots and get ready for a hoedown like none other.
Wednesday, July 31
Mike Risko Band – Playing an eclectic mix of pop and rock covers, the Mike Risko Band is known for it’s ability to cover any tune while keeping the energy up and the party going. Their sets span the decades from current pop and jam bands, power ballads and classic rock favorites, country and alternative. From Taylor Swift and U2 to The Who and everything in between, the Mike Risko Band is a guaranteed night of great music for the whole family.
Sunday, August 25
Jazz in the Park – Enjoy the many styles and sounds of jazz – from the deep, rich fusion of straight ahead jazz and African groove to the great swing bands from the 30s and 40s – in the final concert of the season. Jazz in the Park includes special performances the Houston Person Quartet, Dr. Barry Harris, Ray Blue Sextet, Cross Cultural Connection Pro-Am Ensemble, Kirk Lightsey, the Norm Hathaway Big Band and more. The event is sponsored by the Peekskill Parks and Recreation Department, Arts Westchester, Cross Cultural Connection, and the BPOE Elks Club #744.
In addition to the concert series, the City of Peekskill’s Parks and Recreation Department will host Family Movie Nights, sponsored by Walmart and the Peekskill Police / Fire 5K Foundation, on select Fridays at 8:30pm and Children’s Specials on select Mondays at 7:00pm. All events take place at the Riverfront Green Park. The rain site for the Children’s Specials is the Ford Administration Building located at 1031 Elm Street in Peekskill. There is no alternate site for the Family Movie Nights, which will be rescheduled in the event of rain.
Family Movie Nights:
Friday, June 28 – Mary Poppins Returns
Friday, July 19 – Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Friday, August 9 – House with a Clock in the Wall
Friday, September 6 – Akeelah and the Bee
Monday, July 8 – Mad Science: Sounds Like Science
Monday, July 15 – Magician Zach Alexander
Monday, July 22 – Storyteller April Armstrong
Monday, July 29 – Animal Embassy
Monday, August 5 – The Ned Gelfars Show
For information on the Riverfront Summer Concert Series, Family Movie Nights, Children’s Specials or other upcoming events in the City of Peekskill, contact the Peekskill Parks and Recreation Department at 914-734-7275, on Facebook (@PeekskillRecreation) or by visiting www.cityofpeekskill.com. Follow the City of Peekskill on Facebook (@PeekskillGov) for the latest news and updates.
About the City of Peekskill
The City of Peekskill is a thriving, historic community located on the banks of the Hudson River. Just under one hour north of New York City, Peekskill is culturally and economically vibrant with abundant natural resources due to its location on the river and at the gateway to the Hudson Highlands. The City’s pedestrian-friendly downtown is buzzing with an array of dining and entertainment establishments. Offering artist lofts, studios, galleries and museums, Peekskill is home to a growing arts community and has no shortage of arts activities. The waterfront, with over three miles of continuous parkland, is a regional destination with a variety of active and passive recreation, as well as breathtaking views of the Hudson River. For more information, visit www.cityofpeekskill.com.