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Concerts on the Waterfront
For three decades the Historical Society has hosted Concerts on the Waterfront, featuring live performances across the spectrum of musical genres.  Concerts on the Waterfront offers the public nationally-recognized performances every Sunday afternoon from 3:00 ‘til 5:00 pm, in an unparalleled open air venue: The Memorial Grove at the Sackets Harbor Battlefield NYS Historic Site. No admission charge, but in keeping with performance tradition, Society volunteers “Pass the Hat” for donations.

Concerts on the Waterfront 2017

All That Jazz

June 25: The Frank Sacci Big Band

Frank Sacci

July 2: Fall Creek Brass Band


July 9: Hannah Richardson Quartet


July 16: Atlas


July 23: Samite

On Sunday July 23, world famous musician, story teller, and humanitarian Samite performs African folk melodies, which form the roots of American Jazz. The folk tunes harbor the jazz poly rhythms, harmony and melodies that slaves brought  from Africa to the American South.

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and administered by the Stl Lawrence County Arts Council.


July 30: The Squeeze Play Accordion Band

The Squeeze Play Accordion Band from Schenectady is founded by Peggy Minore Hart, a professional accordion player and teacher since1967. The band boasts several fine musicians including Russ Patrician who has played with the famous Jimmy Sturr polka band.  Concert goers are encouraged to dance on the grassy battlefield to the traditional music associated with accordions, like polkas and waltzes. But be aware that this band loves a Latin beat as well! They have just finished recording a German music CD and promise some well known German favorites like the Snow Waltz.


Aug 6: The 10th Mountain Division Band 

On August 6, the Sackets Harbor Historical Society proudly presents the 10th Mountain Division Band.  These professional Soldier-Musicians are trained and ready to deploy anywhere in the world. While they are stateside, the musicians of the 10th Mountain Division Band provide a wide range of musical entertainment for their fellow soldiers, as well as for the citizens of the North Country.  In addition to the Marching and Ceremonial Band, the 10th Mountain Band also fields an array of diverse performing groups such as: Stage Band, Rock Band, Jazz Combo, Salsa Band, Dixieland Band, Brass quintet, and even solo piano and guitar.  


Aug 13: The Chris O’Leary Band

The Hudson Valley’s premier blues band The Chris O’Leary Band performs on August 13 in the continuing series Concerts on the Waterfront, presented by the Sackets Harbor Historical Society every Summer Sunday. This award winning band has toured nationally and internationally to great acclaim.  Chris O’Leary is lead singer and front man of the The Chris O’Leary Band.   Chris’s background includes a 6 year tour as harmonica front man for Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Grammy award winner Levon Helm’s The Barnburners.  He is joined by guitarist Chris Vitarello, Mark Raymond on bass, clarinetist Chris DiFrancesco, Andy Stalh on sax, Jason Devlin, percussion, and special guest artist Willa Vincitore on vocals.

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and administered by the Stl Lawrence County Arts Council.


Aug 20: Prime Time Funk

On August 20th, the Sackets Harbor Historical Society presents acclaimed Syracuse vocalist Ronnie Leigh and his jazz ensemble Prime Time Funk.Like much African-inspired music, funk typically consists of a complex groove with rhythm instruments such as electric guitar, electric bass, Hammond organ, and drums playing interlocking rhythms. Funk bands sometimes have a horn section of several saxophones, trumpets, and in some cases, a trombone, which plays rhythmic “hits”. The musicians of Prime Time Funk are Jim Richmond on sax, joined by some of Rochester’s most respected players including drummer Dave Cohen, guitarist Joe Chiappone, and keyboardist Andy Calabrese, along with a phenomenal horn section made up of Vince Ercolamento, Ron D’Angelo, Derrick Lipp and Dean Keller and featuring the stellar pipes of vocalist Ronnie Leigh, called “one of the finest song stylists working in jazz today” by Syracuse Jazzfest founder and director, Frank Malfitano.

Prime Time Funk

Aug 27: The Grieco Sisters

The enchanting harmonies of five singing Grieco sisters will be featured on Sunday, August 27. The sisters’ repertoire includes gospel, especially selections from the Gaither Vocal Band, Americana, World War II era classics, and, especially for the Sackets Harbor series, Broadway and Jazz standards. Accompanying the sisters on piano will be Chris Hyde- Hall of Watertown.


Sept 3: The DeSantis Orchestra

Sackets Harbor Historical Society’s Concerts on the Waterfront concludes its 33rd anniversary year as they have for the past ten years: the DeSantis Orchestra will perform with its signature big band/horn band sound with fabulous vocals from daughter Maria DeSantis, Keith Condon, soul vocalist Gary Branch and other special anniversary show guests! Based in Syracuse, This is the orchestra’s 70th year performing throughout the Northeast, New York state, Canada, Massachusetts, Vermont and beyond. They have served as the backup orchestra for many renowned performers and are well known for their high energy performances at festivals, black tie galas, private events & weddings and many concert series.

DeSantis Orchestra