Three Day Benefit Concerts At Shepard Park In Lake George August 5, 6, 7
LAKE GEORGE – Ronald McDonald House Charities have served families whose children are fighting serious illnesses in area hospitals for decades. To expanding the facilities offered to families from out of town, a family retreat program began last year at Krantz Cottage, a four bedroom home located in the village of Lake George. Here, all efforts are made to provide families facing the challenge of severe illness to their child with an atmosphere of comfort, love and hope. While the hospital can provide medical care and treatment for a child’s illness, the uncertainty and anxiety evoked by life-threatening illness can be difficult to dispel among family members, so Krantz Cottage offers a beautiful, natural setting where families can spend time together away from the hospital.
This 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. Admission to Rockin for Ronald is FREE all three days (donations gratefully accepted,) and there will be food and beverage vendors on site.
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.
Comprised of seven members, excellent musicianship and outstanding vocalists have kept Skeeter Creek on top. Renee Lussier-Ahl knew she wanted to be a professional singer from the time she was eight years old, and she joined Skeeter Creek at age 19. Influenced by Patsy Cline, Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles and Pat Benatar, she has been voted Best Female Vocalist of the Year many times. Dave Ahl began his career as the drummer with the Back 40 Band, but transitioned to lead vocals when he joined Skeeter Creek eleven years ago. Dave has been named Male Vocalist of the Year five years in a row. Founder and lead guitarist Joe Kulewicz challenges the band to new heights year after year, and he won the Northeast Country Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019. Rounding out the band are Dominic Pacatore on keyboards, Jeff Dudwoire on drums and Juan Lopez on bass. Skeeter Creek will perform from 7:30-9:30 pm Friday.
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.
They are honored to perform every January on the Delbert McClinton Sandy Beaches cruise into the Caribbean. Over the years, they have played at many casinos, including , Mohegan Sun (the Wolf’s Den), the Grand Opening of Turning Stone, Vapor Night club in Saratoga and Rivers in Schenectady.
BHR has played all the major fairs in the region: Altamont, Saratoga, Cobleskill and Schaghticoke.
They have performed at many galas: Cooperstown Hall of Fame Induction, SPAC, Jacob’s Pillow, Ronald McDonald House’s 30th Anniversary, WMHT, Wood Theatre and many more. BHR has opened in concert for many national acts, including Pat Benatar, Joan Jett, Eddie Money, Marshall Tucker, Little Feat, Loverboy, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, John Mayall and The Turtles, and they have performed at the Times Union Center, Proctors, the Palace Theatre, Alive at Five, the Empire State Plaza Summer Concert Series and Albany and Saratoga First Nights.
Although BHR is primarily a cover band, their self-titled Bluz House Rockers cd contained mostly original tunes written by lead singer, Trish Anderson. Her song “Three Dollar Bill” went to #2 on the pop 100 charts in Denmark, and she performed her original tunes at the South Point Casino in Las Vegas on the Dennis Bono Show which was simulcast on stations through the US and Canada. Rick Rourke (vocals, sax, harmonica) is a great singer/songwriter; one of his songs was featured on the Today Show. Tony Perrino, renowned Hammond B-3 craftsman, has played with the Allman Brothers and the Toler Brothers, guitarist Denny Dwyer is incredible. Matt Donnelly, Glens Falls native, is BHR’s second keyboard player. The rhythm section features Chris Peck on bass and Jeff Prescott on drums. BHR will perform from 6-7:10 pm. It will be an incredible evening of music that the audience won’t soon forget.
Saturday, August 6
3-4:30 pm: The Dirty Harri’s
5-7 pm: The Newells
7:30 – 9:30 pm: Reelin in the Years
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.” Steely Dan was founded in 1971 by Bard College classmates Donald Fagan and Walter Becker and are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Top twenty hits included: “Do It Again,” “Reelin’ in the Years,” “Ricki Don’t Lose That Number,” “Peg,” “Josie,” “Deacon Blues” and “Hey Nineteen.”
Reelin in the Years is Woodstock based. Bandleader and drummer Jerry Marotta 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.
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.
Sunday, August 7
1:30-3:30 pm: Jacquelin Mignot and the Family Band
4-6 pm: Last Band Left
6:30-8:30 pm: New York Players
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 weekend, and there will be food and beverage vendors on site.