Beacon Rocks 100 Marks Centennial May 18

Memorial Park musicfest includes Pete Seeger and Southside Johnny

On Saturday, May 18, from noon until 9 in the evening, rain or shine, BMW of the Hudson Valley will present Beacon ROCKS 100, a centennial musicfest kicking off the City of Beacon’s Centennial year, marking 100 years since the villages of Mattawan and Fishkill Landing joined to become the city. The event, produced by local cultural development nonprofit The Rutigliano Group, will be held in Beacon’s Memorial Park and will feature a broad range of local professional music artists like Pete Seeger and The Costellos, with headliner Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes closing out the festival.

Admission to the event is free to the public and will also offer food and arts/crafts vendors, centennial souvenirs and a beer tent.

The day’s festivities will begin with a centennial parade produced by the group I Am Beacon, which will proceed down Main Street from west to east and finish at Memorial Park. The parade will feature floats and groups presenting each of the decades of the centennial.

The lineup for the day’s music:

Noon    Grammy Award Winner Pete Seeger and the Rivertown Kids
12:50    The Tabernacle of Christ Worship Band
1:40      Stephen Clair
2:40      Talking Machine
3:40      Chowderhead
4:40      The Costellos
5:40      Bosco and the Storm
6:40      The Beacon All Stars
7:45      Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes

Special parking for the day’s events will be set up at area schools by the park in addition to some parking available in the park and also in the municipal parking lots nearby. Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets or their own chairs and may bring picnics or take advantage of the food vendors present. While alcohol is not allowed to be brought in, a beer tent on premises will serve visitors.

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