Tommy DeCarlo + members of the Dennis DeYoung Band will headline at Watertown Riverfest on Saturday, August, 12, 2023.
Tommy DeCarlo is singer of the band Boston and has performed on every tour since 2008. An evening of classic rock hits from the ’70s and ’80s with a top band of touring professionals featuring August Zadra and Jimmy Leahey of the Dennis DeYoung Band. Special guests August Zadra and Jimmy Leahey will open with a collection of Styx rock classics (if applicable). August and Jimmy have performed over 500 shows with the Dennis DeYoung Band since 2010.
ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAMERS THE DRIFTERS
Up on the Roof. Under the Boardwalk. This Magic Moment. There Goes My Baby. Dance with Me. Spanish Harlem. Stand by Me. The list of hits goes on and on.
THE DRIFTERS…one of Rock & Roll’s founding vocal groups is once again touring the U.S. under the auspices of their original management team.
From their inception in the early 1950's and up until recently THE DRIFTERS has a symbiotic relationship with Rock & Roll legend George Treadwell, who's discovered and managed such famous artists as Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughn and Nina Simone. The Treadwell Family was there when the original DRIFTERS formed and was responsible for guiding their career through 20 years of uninterrupted hits that has made them the second most successful recording artist of all time, according to Billboard Magazine.
Through an historical journey, which included no less than 5 legendary lead singers, including Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Clyde McPhatter and Ben E. King the group's ongoing story has covered the entire spectrum of Rock & Roll. They were the first musical group to include string instruments into Rhythm & Blues music with their hauntingly beautiful song, "There Goes My Baby". They were the first musical group to sell 2 million records with their pop classic, "Up On The Roof". They were the first African American vocal group to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Along with fellow inductees the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Bob Dylan and the Supremes, the Drifters were in the first class of Rock & Roll legends to be initiated into the Hall of Fame. Their classic tune "Under The Boardwalk" is the most played R & B record of all time. 20 other million sellers followed.
Their songs have been penned by such historic songwriters as Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller, Carol King, Jerry Goffen and Phil Spector. They have played at the White House on 3 different occasions, give a benefit concert in Berlin the day the wall fell, performed for the Pope, the Queen of England, Nelson Mandella and toured the world for the USO in 3 different war zones from Korea to Iraq. And behind it all was George Treadwell and his family, guiding the career of this historic group.
Once again the Treadwell family will be coming out of retirement to put together an historic reunion at US facilities as THE DRIFTERS return to their roots with their latest American tour. It's been a while since the group toured the country but they are gearing up for a monumental celebration of their 50 year catalogue which includes great titles such as:
- On Broadway - There Goes My Baby - Dance With Me
- This Magic Moment - Under The Boardwalk - Some Kind of Wonderful
- Up On The Roof - Stand By Me - Please Stay
- Saturday Night At The Movies - Spanish Harlem - Sweets For My Sweet
- Save The Last Dance for Me - I Count The Tears
Milwaukee Bucks’ Mascot, Bango and The Rim Rockers will put on an acrobatic dunking show you don’t want to miss!
Dan Lepien's musical inspiration is nestled between the 1970's Outlaw Country movement and the early 90's neo-traditional country wave. A native of Sauk City, Wisconsin, Dan has spent the last 4 years performing in the Midwest and Nashville as well as recording in Nashville with a multi-Grammy award winning team of producers and studio musicians, putting out his own brand of PURE, SOLID, country music. Dan has developed a loyal following with his highly interactive live shows and timeless country sound.
Album Rock + Funk + Party Rock + Hip Hop
Hailing from Southeastern WI, Big Spoon is as fun and diverse as a band as you’ll ever find. With a wide musical background, the group draws from a variety of styles and never pigeon holes themselves into one genre. With the ability to morph styles seamlessly between every song, you’ll find the audience boogieing down to 70’s funk, shakin’ yo money-maker to current top 40 & hip-hop hits, head bangin’ to 90’s metal and some boot stompin’ southern rock thrown in for good measure.
Guitar player Daniel Faherty says “This band loves to change it up! We make sure the everyone in the crowd has a blast, from the first note to the last epic chord. And with this much variety, if you’re not having fun, you’d better check your pulse!!!”
Lead vocalist Tom Wegner seems to defy gravity as he bounces around the stage. “I just give 110% on every song—I just cant help but rock out to the fat grooves these guys lay down!”
As the newest party band on the scene, Big Spoon has made quite a name for themselves since 2015. The group has been fortunate enough to land awesome gigs at venues such as Watertown’s Fourth of July Celebration and the Wisconsin State Fair. The members of Big Spoon are no stranger to the shows such as these both large and small though, with members of the group opening for national acts such as Mr. Big, Joan Jett, and 3-Days Grace in some of their prior musical endeavors.
Milwaukee icon Pat McCurdy has been entertaining audiences in Wisconsin, the Midwest, and across the nation for decades. He brings his unique style of improvisational comedy, music and audience interaction to venues large and small. Pat consistently fills up bars and festivals with his fans. Pat’s fans, “Patheads” are very enthusiastic, and many know every word of his songs. “Patheads” are fans that have seen him dozens of times, sing and dance along. It’s a fun show for all. Pat
Pat did not let the pandemic slow him down. In April 2020, Pat began his weekly virtual “Shelter in Place” shows from his living room and garage. Fans write in requests, birthday greetings, and anniversary acknowledgements to keep Pat’s show interactive. Pat’s Shelter in Place shows have been seen by nearly one million viewers from as far away as Paris, the UK and Australia. The pandemic inspired Pat to write a new song every week. Pat put these all together in his latest CD, Now is Not the Time for Sad Songs. The CD hit #1 on the Worldwide Radio Indie Alliance.
For fans far and wide, Pat will continue his virtual Shelter in Place show once a month until the end of his career. But, Pat can be seen all over Wisconsin and the Midwest for socially-distanced live shows in the summer of 2021 and beyond. Grab some Jameson and have fun with Pat and Sex and Beer!
Bootjack Road plays all things Country, Rock and some surprise jams. Hailing from the country towns of Wisconsin, Bootjack Road is the Midwest’s newest rockin’ country band. Expect an infectious good time!
Surf boards and sock hops, let Big Al & the Hi Fis take you back to when the Good Times were Red Hot!
Playing on the grounds during our new to 2023 - Happy Hour from 4-5pm on Thursday and Friday!