Three days of fun, food, entertainment on multiple stages, plus special events for families and friends, from nine to ninety marks just some of the activities to be found at the 2018 Norwalk Oyster Festival hosted by the Seaport Association on Friday, September 7, Saturday, September 8, and Sunday, September 9, 2018 at the 35-acre Veterans Memorial Park in Norwalk. “This is a special year for the Seaport Association, we have entered our 41st year as an organization and we are also celebrating the 150th anniversary of Sheffield Island Lighthouse. Our mission has always been to preserve our maritime heritage, the environment of Long Island Sound, and to have children experience Sheffield Island Lighthouse,” says Mike Reilly, President of the Norwalk Oyster Festival.
Headliner of Oyster Festival Steve Augeri, Journey, former lead singer Sept. 8
Get ready to take a musical “journey” with Steve Augeri, the former lead vocalist for Journey who will perform on Sept. 8 at 8 p.m. at the 2018 Oyster Festival. Expect fan friendly audience interactions, a strong stage presence, soaring vocals and hit after hit of iconic classic rock songs like Don’t Stop Believing, Anyway You Want It, Faithfully, Loving, Touching, Feeling and many other hits. Fans may even be in for an exclusive treat if Augeri decides to include an original new song or two in the mix that have thrilled audiences worldwide.
The musicians in Augeri’s band really deliver in duplicating the guitar riffs and solos of Journey that launched millions of radio spins. “We are thrilled to bring Steve Augeri former lead vocalist of Journey; one of the most popular American rock bands of all time to this year’s Oyster Festival on Sept. 8. We would like to acknowledge that First County Bank is our presenting sponsor for the eighth year in a row.” says Mike Reilly, President of the Norwalk Oyster Festival.
Hailing from the heart of Brooklyn, Augeri debuted on Journey’s seven times platinum Armageddon soundtrack continuing the legacy of this super group from 1998 to 2006. For nearly a decade, Augeri recorded three additional albums with Journey and performed on multiple world tours to millions of adoring fans. At present, Augeri is releasing new music and touring nationally and internationally with his band.
Main Stage Performances Sept. 7, 8, & 9
Music on the Main Stage is scheduled for all three days and features a variety of crowd pleasing musical entertainment. “The Oyster Festival is the last big thing that takes place before the end of the summer. This is the perfect time for folks to come to the Festival and say goodbye to the summer of 2018; and to help us celebrate 150 years of the Sheffield Island Lighthouse,” says Mike Reilly, President of the Norwalk Oyster Festival.
Main Stage -Funky Dawgz, Sept. 7
On Friday, Sept. 7, the first night of the festival, audiences will be entertained by the high-energy horns of Funky Dawgz, one of today’s premier touring acts on the live music scene. Funky Dawgz, the opening act of the night is plugging in at 7 p.m. They have traveled from coast to coast selling out shows. Their exuberant performance combines a contagious upbeat mix of traditional New Orleans R&B, original music, hip-hop, funk, and today’s top hits played with a brass twist. This music will have you tapping your feet and, dancing as the sun sets! After hearing them play, you will understand why they were chosen as one of the “Live for Live” Music’s Brass Bands You Need to Know.
Main Stage – Deep Banana Blackout, Sept. 7
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Headliner Act, Deep Banana Blackout takes the Main Stage on Sept. 7 @ 9 p.m. and are a special treat because they all hail from Connecticut and have traveled far and wide to great national and international acclaim. This amazing New Orleans style jazz- funk band is a force to be reckoned with! The Norwalk Oyster Festival audience will be treated to Graeight-piece This eight piece musical ensemble is a legendary musical force on the East Coast underground funk, jazz and jam scenes and considered by many to be one of the hottest, hippest live shows to be heard in the Northeast.
Performing since 1995, they have released a couple of CDs and have toured endlessly throughout the United States developing a large and loyal fan base, the “Funk Mob.” Their soulful groove and tight horn section is deeply rooted in funk that carries the torch of great funk bands like Tower of Power, Sly and the Family Stone, and James Brown into the 21st century. The music of Deep Banana Blackout is sure to have you grooving and moving for the rest of the night!
Main Stage Jimmy Kenny and the Pirate Beach Band, Sept. 9
Great ready to escape to “Margaritaville” at the Oyster Festival on Sunday, September 9, beginning at 4 p.m. when the ultimate beach party tribute band, Jimmy Kenny and the Pirate Beach Band plugs in and lights up the stage…after all, it is almost 5 o’clock!
The goodtime vibe of the Jimmy Kenny Band will put you in an endless summer state of mind. So put on your best “Parrothead” gear – your favorite Hawaiian shirt, straw hat, and flip-flops, grab some food and drinks from one of our nearby vendors and get ready to sing and dance along to some of the best of Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney and the Zac Brown Band plus a variety of country favorites, summer pop, reggae and tropical classics that are the perfect finale to the 2018 Oyster Festival.
Multiple Stage Performances Sept. 7, 8 & 9
In addition to Main Stage performances, the 2018 Oyster Festival features dozens of local and regional acts on multiples stages. For a complete list of multiple stage performers check out our website https://seaport.org/Entertainment.
About the Oyster Festival
Proceeds go to The Norwalk Seaport Association (a not-for-profit 501 C3 organization) that is wholly responsible for organizing and financing the annual Oyster Festival. Funds raised from the Oyster Festival allow the Seaport Association to continue its educational programs, stewardship for the 1868 Sheffield Island Lighthouse, Norwalk Islands, habitat restoration projects with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and other services. The First County Bank has been a presenting sponsor for eight years.