Fridays at the Lake Returns to Shepard Park in Lake George

The Village of Lake George plays host to a number of music series throughout the summer, starting with Memorial Meltdown in May, ending with ADK Independence Fest in September, and free music series filling in the months between.

Free to the public in Lake George is the Fridays on Summer Concert Series at Shepard Park, starting on Friday, June 10.  Eleven performances in all will be held, leading up to the finale on September 2.

Kicking off the series on June 10 is an evening of classic rock, headlined by legendary regional favorites E.B. Jeb.  The band is celebrating more than 40 years together and is the northeast’s “go to “ band for the Southern Rock genre.  The eight piece band features two drummers, similar to the Allman Brothers’ configuration.  E.B. Jeb has opened for many national acts, including Charlie Daniels, The Outlaws, Molly Hatchet and Blackfoot.

Opening on Friday, June 10 is The Blue Moon Band, a premier classic rock band from the Lake George region. Their music includes covers by Santana, Bob Dylan and classic/southern rock hits and will perform from 6:00-7:10, with E.B. Jeb playing from 7:30-9:30.

All shows are free to the public, and there will be vendors selling food and beverages.

Saturday, June 11 will feature a special night of music for Saturday on the Lake A special Saturday concert at Shepard Park will feature a night of classic rock as The Trilogy Tribute will take the audience on a musical journey to the 60s and 70s with tributes to Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones, Jim Morrison of The Doors and Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane. The Trilogy performers recreate the persona of each icon  while performing the hit songs that enshrined these legends into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Classic Rock Productions concerts like the Trilogy Tribute have headlined shows at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City for the past ten years, including “The Deckstock Festival” tribute to Woodstock.

Opening act Bluz House Rockers are celebrating their 26th year as a seven piece configuration that includes two keyboard players and six members singing lead vocals and harmonies.  They have been inducted into the New York State Blues Hall of Fame, and Trish Anderson’s “Three Dollar Bill” went to #2 on the Top 100 charts in Denmark.  They are well known in the Glens Falls/Lake George region, having played Summer Jam, Taste of the North Country, Balloon Fest and Save the Lake.

On July 1, Soul Session is the headline act for Friday at the Lake at Shepard Park in Lake George.  Soul Session, featuring band leader and lead vocalist, Garland Nelson, has presented high energy junk and R&B renditions of your favorite hit songs.  In 2019, Garland won Eddies Award for “Best R&B Vocalist” and Soul Session won “Best Band in the Capital Region.”  Garland connects with the audience and creates an atmosphere of Live and Celebration at his shows.  He just performed on SPAC’s main stage as part of the annual Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival, and will perform at Friday at the Lake 7:30-9:30 pm.

Opening the show from 6:00-7:10 is the dynamic duo Yellow Dog.  John Repko and Jason Young have been rockin the Capital District for 29 years and have the biggest sound of any duo and play a variety of classic hits that will have the audience singing along. 

On Friday, July 15, the New York Players will perform from 7:30-9:30 pm at Shepard Park. The Players are widely recognized over the past many years as being the #1 dance band in the region. They have several vocalists who sing lead and harmonies and an awesome horn section. They have performed at many galas and corporate events and are sure to bring a non-stop party to Fridays at the Lake.

Opening the show from 6:00-7:10 are Tumblin Dice, a Rolling Stones tribute band led by Lake George
favorite, Jonathan Newell. Get there by 6:00 pm to catch your favorite Rolling Stones songs. All Fridays at the Lake are free to the public, and there are food, beer and wine vendors on site.

Carmen and Life’s Guilty Pleasures headline Friday at the Lake at Shepard Park in Lake George on Friday, July 22 from 7:30-9:30.  Carmen is making a name for herself throughout the region for her stunning vocals and unforgettable stage presence.  She has been lead singer with Grand Central Station, the Silver Arrow Band and Band of Gold.  Their mix of dance hits from the 50s to today will energize the crowd, and a few musical surprises will be part of the mix as well.

The Ultimates will open the show, performing from 6:00-7:10.  While they are a fairly new band from Saratoga, they consist of musicians well known in the region (two from Bad Chaperones and one from Dealt the Blues).  Singer/guitarist Travis Rockenstire leads the band, singing amazing covers from John Cougar to Ed Sheeran, Springsteen to Harry Styles.

Over August 5-7, the three day Rockin for Ronald Benefit Concerts will support Ronald McDonald House Charities who have served families whose children are fighting serious illnesses in area hospitals for decades. The three-day, eight band festival on August 5, 6 and 7 is designed to raise money and awareness about the role Krantz Cottage serves as a Ronald McDonald house for families. The festival raises funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities’ Krantz Cottage in Lake George, a beautiful four bedroom home that offers a beautiful, natural setting where families can stay free of charge while their child is receiving medical care for serious illnesses in nearby hospitals.

Friday at the Lake on August 5th kicks off the three day festival with two of the region’s most popular and acclaimed bands.  Skeeter Creek has not only been the undisputed #1 country band our region; they are arguably the number one band in the region regardless of genre.  In the Metroland readers poll, they won Country Band of the Year eight different years; were recognized by the Northeast country Music Association in various categories, including vocal group of the year; won the Colgate Country Showdown in the Albany region; won Froggy 100.7’s Country Shootout multiple times; won the Times Union’s Readers Poll six times and was named the Best Local Band three times in the Daily Gazette’s Readers Poll.  Skeeter Creek will perform from 7:30-9:30.

Opening act, the Bluz House Rockers, are celebrating their 27th year in 2022.  While they are honored to be members of the New York State Blues Hall of Fame, the Rockers have a varied repertoire, covering everyone from Frank Sinatra to the Allman Brothers.  The fact that six of their seven members sing lead and/or harmony results in their ability to present a wide variety musical styles.

Headlining on Saturday is a fantastic tribute to the music of Steely Dan comprised of an all-star lineup of musicians, Reelin in the Years, a Woodstock based band led by drummer Jerry Marotta who has recorded and toured with Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, Hall & Oates, Sarah McLachlan and the Indigo Girls.  Guitarist Jesse Gress works with Todd Rundgren and Tony Levin and was former music editor of “Guitar Player.” Guitarist Matt Finck worked with Randy Brecker and John Medeski.  Jennifer Maidman on bass performed with Boy George and Loudon Wainwright.  David Jameson will be on keyboards.  Vocalist Lindsey Skeye’s band “Skeye” has received over 12 million views on YouTube.  Her cover of Radiohead’s “Karma Police” was included in HBO’s “Girls” and Fox’s “9-1-1.”   The four-piece horn section includes Bill Harris (worked with Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Stevie Wonder and Bruce Springsteen) and Don Mikkelsen, who worked with Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Peter Gabriel.  This is a huge treat for music fans of all ages.

Saturday’s schedule

3:00-4:30   The Dirty Harri’s

5:00-7:00   The Newells

7:30-9:30   Reelin in the Years

Sunday’s Schedule

1:30-3:30 Jacquelin Mignot and the Family Band

4:00-6:00 Last Band Left

6:30-8:30 New York Players

The Newells are a family affair.  Jonathan and Jennifer Newell are joined by teenage sons Brandon and Evan plus a rhythm section of Tommy Ryzuck on bass and Rye Wylie on drums.  They will perform songs from the 60’-80’s by groups as diverse as Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, Janis Joplin, Bruce Hornsby and 10,000 Maniacs.

The Dirty Harri’s start the festivities.  They are a tribute to the music of George Harrison.  Songs include Harrison’s hits with the Beatles, including “Here Comes the Sun,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and “Taxman.”  The seven piece band also performs hits from George’s solo career, including “My Sweet Lord,” “What is Life” and “All Those Years Ago” as well as “Handle with Care” from his time with the Traveling Wilburys.

On Sunday, August 7, Rockin for Ronald is proud to bring New York Players back to Shepard Park.  The Players are widely recognized over the past many years as being the #1 dance band in the region.  They have four incredible vocalists who sign leads and harmonies and an awesome horn section.  They have performed an many galas and corporate events and present a broad repertoire of your favorite hits.

Last Left is a cover band from Central New York.  Their repertoire includes hits by Prince, the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty as well as more current groups Maroon 5, Bruno Mars, Chris Stapleton, Kings of Leon and the Killers.  Their high energy set is guaranteed to have the audience dancing and singing along.

Opening the show on Sunday is Jacquelin Mignot and the Family Band.  They opened for Ten Most Wanted earlier this summer at Friday at the Lake, and their R&B covers were well received.  Her band is truly a family affair, featuring Jacquelin’s father Tony on drums and her brother Jaydon on bass.  Jonathan Newell is on guitar and keyboards.

Admission to Rockin for Ronald is free all three days, and there will be food and beverage vendors on site.

On Friday, August 12, TS ENSEMBLE will perform from 730-930pm. A fixture in our region for more than 40 years, this eight piece band is known for their high energy performances, great male and female vocals and a strong Brass Section. Their music covers the Motown Era to today’s dance hits. They have presented memorable performances at many galas, corporate parties and clubs and have opened for many national acts.

THE ULTIMATES will open the show, performing from 6:00-7:10. While they are a fairly new band, they
performed an outstanding opening set at Shepard Park on July 22. Saratoga-based, they consist of
well known musicians in the region (two from Bad Chaperones and one from Dealt the Blues). Singer/
guitarist Travis Rockenstire is young and impressive, singing amazing covers from John Cougar to Ed
Sheeran.

Fridays at the Lake – Shepard Park, Lake George – 2022 Summer Schedule

Music begins at 6pm and ends by 930pm.

June 10 Blue Moon with opener EB JEB

June 17 Stony Creek Band with opener Alex Torrez Latin Kings

June 24 Jacquelin Mignot and Ten Most Wanted with opener the Family Band

July 1 Yellow Dog with opener Soul Session

July 8 Jett Screamer with opener The Refrigerators

July 15 Tumblin Dice with opener New York Players

July 22 The Ultimates with opener Grand Central Station

July 29 Dirt Cheap with opener The Accents

August 5 Bluz House Rockers with opener Skeeter Creek

August 12 The Ultimates with opener TS Ensemble

August 26 Jonathan Newell with opener Band Vivid (from Connecticut)

September 2 The Schmooze with opener Kick

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