Peekskill’s 8th Annual Music Festival to Feature The Nighthawks and Local Talent July 25-26

Downtown Peekskill will be the grounds for some great live (and free) music this weekend along with other goodies to go along as the city hosts its 8th annual Music Festival.

Kicking off the weekend will be a “Best of the Valley” Battle of the Bands at restaurants and venues throughout the downtown area starting at 7pm Friday evening. The winner (chosen by vote) will be putting on a set on each of the two stages the following day. Over twelve local acts will be vying for the winning set during Saturday’s show.

Saturday’s events run from 12pm-10pm, with music starting at 2. Aside from the music, there will be craft brews, artisan food trucks, street performers, and a car show by the local Road Knights Auto Club. The afternoon and evening of music will be split between two stages – the outdoor Central Avenue Main Stage and the indoor stage at the Paramount Hudson Valley. A unique feature of the day is that each band will do two sets, one on each stage, making it easy to catch all of the performers.

Here’s a highlight of a few of the acts (full schedule follows):

The Nighthawks – now in their 42nd year, this legendary blues and roots band has recently rocked Peekskill with an opening set for NRBQ at the Paramount.

Livin’ the Blues Band – Southern NY/Northern NJ driving blues rock with Nik Rael on vocals, who opened up for Robert Cray at the Paramount Hudson Valley this past April.

Jessica Lynn – A young talented country/pop singer-songwriter from neighboring Yorktown Heights, NY. Recommended if you like Shania Twain, Taylor Swift, or Rascall Flatts.

Dana Edelman – Yet another local talent, Dana will be adding bluesy singer-songwriter tunes to the afternoon mix.

Central Avenue Main Stage
Rock of Ages Band – 8:30 -10:00
The Nighthawks – 6:45 – 8:00
Livin’ the Blues Band – 5:15 – 6:20
Jessica Lynn – 4:00 – 5:00
Dana Edelman – 3:00 – 3:45
Best of the Valley Winner – 2:00 – 2:45

Paramount Hudson Valley Stage
Best of the Valley Winner 8:00 – 9:00
Dana Edelman 6:30 – 7:35
The Nighthawks 5:00 – 6:05
Livin’ the Blues Band 3:30 – 4:30
Jessica Lynn 2:00 – 3:05