Festival Fever: New York State’s 4th of July Celebration @ Empire State Plaza, 7/4/13

It just wouldn’t be Independence Day without Nippertown’s biggest and best fireworks display at Albany’s Empire State Plaza. Price Chopper has been sponsoring the big New York State 4th of July Celebration since 1976, and they’ll be presenting the fun-filled holiday bash again on Thursday (July 4) from 3-10pm.

Leading up to the fireworks, entertainment will take place all throughout the day, including musical performances by the United States Military Academy Band, rockabilly cats Johnny Raab & the Jailhouse Rockers, the Rob Skane 3, the Chris Dukes Band and the Bluz House Rockers.

The concert headliner is ’60 hitmaker Johnny Rivers, veteran singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer. His hit records include “Poor Side of Town,” “Mountain of Love,” “Memphis,” “The Seventh Son,” “Tracks of My Tears,” “Baby, I Need Your Loving,” “Swayin’ to the Music (Slow Dancin’),” “Rockin’ Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu” and of course “Secret Agent Man.”

Between 1964 and 1977, Johnny Rivers racked up 16 Top 40 hits and eight Top 40 albums. He formed his own record company, Soul City, in 1966. And he earned a pair of Grammy Awards as a producer.

Here’s the schedule of performances at Thursday’s celebration:

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EMPIRE STATE PLAZA MAIN STAGE
4pm: Welcome & Naturalization Ceremony
4:30pm: United States Military Academy Band
5:05pm: Triple Threat All-Stars Cheer and Dance
5:30pm: Johnny Rabb & the Jailhouse Rockers
6:15pm: Triple Threat All-Stars Cheer and Dance
6:30pm: The Bluz House Rockers
7:15pm: Triple Threat All-Stars Cheer and Dance
7:45pm: Official Program: Color Guard, National Anthem by the Irish Tenors
8:05pm: Johnny Rivers
9:25pm: Fireworks

EMPIRE STATE PLAZA NORTH STAGE
4:45pm: Zumba
5pm: The Rob Skane 3
6:15pm: The Chris Dukes Band

ADDITIONAL UPCOMING FESTIVALS FOR 2013:
Fourth of July Celebration @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany, 7/4/13 (FREE)
Red, White & Rocky Mountain Blue Bash @ various locations, Lake George (FREE)
GE Kids’ Day @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany, 7/7/13 (FREE)
CountryFest @ Schaghticoke Fairgrounds, Schaghticoke, 7/13/13
Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival @ Walsh Farm, Oak Hill, 7/18-21/13
Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, 7/20/13
African American Family Day @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany, 8/3/13 (FREE)
The Big Up @ Hemlock Hollow Farm, Clavarack, 8/8-10/13
New York State Food Festival @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany, 8/14/13 (FREE)
Restoration Festival @ Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside, Troy, 9/6&7/13
Hispanic Heritage Celebration @ the Empire State Plaza, 9/14/13 (FREE)
FreshGrass Festival @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, 9/20-22/13
Farm Aid @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, 9/21/13

One Response to “Festival Fever: New York State’s 4th of July Celebration @ Empire State Plaza, 7/4/13”

  1. Oates77 says:

    Too bad The Blossoms (Darlene Love) weren’t backing him up live like they did on his recordings.

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