Grammy Award Winning Blues Traveler to Headline Schenectady County SummerNight 2017!

The Schenectady County Legislature proudly announces Grammy Award winning band Blues Traveler will headline Schenectady County SummerNight 2017.  This FREE summer family-friendly block party, presented by Rivers Casino & Resort, Times Union, and Saratoga Eagle in partnership with B95.5, will be held on Friday July 14, from 5:00pm until 10:00pm in Downtown Schenectady (on State Street between Broadway and Barrett Street and on the Jay Street Pedestrian Mall) – right in the heart of the city’s revitalized and exciting downtown.

“Schenectady County is proud to once again bring the Capital Region’s biggest summer block party to our Downtown with Schenectady County SummerNight,” said Cathy Gatta, Chair of the Legislature’s Committee on Tourism, Arts and Special Events.  “Every year this event gets bigger and better, and this year will be no different with Blues Traveler headlining.  Make sure to bring your family downtown and meet up with your friends for a fun-filled evening of music, food, and family friendly activities.”

This year’s celebration will feature live musical performances, games, and great food.  The GE Main Stage on State Street will rock throughout the evening with the sounds of Schenectady County’s 2015 and 2016 Battle of the Bands winners Moriah Formica and Lucy.   Closing out the show will be Grammy Award winning Blues Traveler who will rock the crowd beginning at 8:30pm, closing with a special set for the grand finale Price Chopper & Market 32 fireworks that caps off the evening around 9:45pm.  Additional musical performances by local musicians will occur on Jay Street and in the MVP Health Care Kids Corner.

“I really couldn’t imagine surpassing the level of talent we had last year, but I think we have,” said Legislator Gatta.  “We are so excited to bring the amazing Blues Traveler to Downtown, along with our Battle of the Band winners, making this year’s SummerNight our biggest and greatest ever.”

The ever popular sand sculpture will again be created right before your eyes beginning at 10am.  And what’s a summer celebration without a food eating contest?  Villa Italia will be sponsoring the Third Annual “Schenectady County Celebrity” Cannoli Eating Contest.

Kid-friendly activities will occur in the MVP Health Care Kids Corner including activities with Schenectady YMCA, the Schenectady Boys & Girls Club, free face painting, and so much more!

Finally, a great summer party is not complete without great food, and Schenectady County SummerNight promises to deliver! Downtown restaurants and vendors will offer delicious food, drinks, and desserts for sale throughout the event. Downtown restaurants and shops are open for business, many bringing their operations outdoors so revelers will not miss a minute of Schenectady County SummerNight excitement. 

Schenectady County SummerNight is presented by Rivers Casino and Resort, Times Union, and Saratoga Eagle in partnership with B95.5, with additional support from GE, MVP Health Care, Price Chopper/Market 32, Sunmark FCU, Proctors.



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