Some nifty upcoming events means summer’s not over yet

9 Aug

Every time I hear about some event coming up in our neck of the woods, I add it to my blog notebook so I remember to mention it in a blog, or at least in a mailbag.

But four of those events are pretty big ones, and they’re all happening on successive weekends: the Webster Jam on the Bay, the grand re-opening of the Webster Museum, the St. Rita Fiesta, and the Barry’s Old School Irish Festival. Rather than give them relatively short shrift in the same mailbag, I want to break each one out into a blog of its own.

The Gabe Stillman Band is Friday’s headliner.

I’m going to start with the Webster Jam on the Bay, a brand new music festival brought to us by the Damascus Shriners, those fine folks who host the huge Cruise Nights every summer.

The ticketed event will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday Aug. 20 and noon to 8 p.m. Saturday August 21, at the Damascus Shrine Center, 979 Bay Road in Webster.

The two-day festival will feature five different blues, funk and R&B artists including national award-winning blues band The Gabe Stillman Band and local jazz favorite Prime Time Funk. Other performers will include Dave Riccioni and the Blue Cats, Miller and the Other Sinners, and The Carolyn Kelly Blues Band.

In addition to the five bands, food and beverages will be available for purchase. (And we all know how good the eats are at the Cruise Nights!)

Advance-sale tickets for Friday night are only $10 ($15 at the gate). Advance tickets for Saturday cost $45 in advance ($50 at the gate). But you can also get a two-day pass for just $45. Proceeds raised will benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children, an international hospital system devoted to transforming the lives of children through expert care and research.

Click here to get more information, see the whole schedule in detail, and order tickets.

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