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Annual Norwalk Seaport Association Oyster Festival
September 9, 2022 - September 11, 2022
Three days of fun, food, and free entertainment on multiple stages, plus a myriad of special events for families and friends, from nine to ninety mark just some of the activities planned for 2022, 44th Annual Norwalk Oyster Festival hosted by the Norwalk Seaport Association. This year the Festival will take place on Friday, September 9, Saturday, September 10, and Sunday, September 11, 2022, at the 35-acre Veterans Memorial Park in Norwalk.
“The Norwalk Oyster Festival and the music that we provide, free of charge, with admission, is always highly anticipated and world-class. This year, festival-goers will be entertained by a wide variety of musical genres from country to rock and roll from as far as Nashville! We think that many different styles of music are a great way to celebrate the 44th annual Norwalk Oyster Festival…so get ready to party and enjoy!
Our volunteers have been working around the clock to make this year’s festival extra special because we know that the Norwalk Oyster is a tradition for so many people – from near and far and that makes us happy. We would also like to give a special shout out to First County Bank, our main sponsor that helps to make this festival happen,” said Mike Reilly, President of the Norwalk Seaport Association and Chairman of the Norwalk Oyster Festival.
Norwalk Seaport Association Oyster Festival Entertainment Line Up
Friday, September 9 – Jana Kramer @ 8:30 p.m.
The festival kicks off with Jana Kramer direct from Nashville who is an actress, an AMC award winning country music singer, and a New York Times best-selling author. Known for her role as Alex Dupre in the television series One Tree Hill, she started her music career in 2012, with the release of her self-titled debut album, Jana Kramer. Her next album, Thirty-One, released in 2015, met with high accolades from the country music industry and the rest is music history. Seven of her singles charted on Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay, including the top 10 platinum selling hits “Why Ya Wanna” and “I Got the Boy.” Kramer went on to win ‘New Female Vocalist of the Year’ at the 2012 Academy of Country Music awards and, in 2015, she was nominated for ‘Best Female Vocalist of the Year’ at the ACMs. Kramer continues to record her and folks can listen to her on her award winning iHeart Podcast, Whine Down with Jana Kramer while sipping her recently launched specialty wine, One Brick Wines.
Saturday, September 10, 2022
Alex Shillo – Singer/Songwriter @ 7:30 p.m.
To get Saturday night rocking, Alex Shillo takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. with his eclectic brand of rock and country music with a nod to his hero, Bruce Springsteen. Shillo’s band is composed of top-notch musicians, that have performed with such artists as Clarence Clemons of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Johnny Mathis, Gloria Gaynor, and John Cafferty, to name a few. Alex and his band have opened for major acts like Big & Rich, Eric Church, Parmalee, and many others. Shillo finds inspiration from his father and is following in his footsteps. Shillo’s dad was the founder/lead singer/songwriter of the late 70s and 80s band SILVERADO who toured the world with Steppenwolf and others and had hit songs on the Billboard charts. Shillo has been enthralled by music since a very early age and his performances show a depth of style and experience. He is the perfect opener to get Saturday night off to a rocking start.
Mike DelGuidice and Big Shot Celebrating the Music of Billy Joel & Much More @ 8:30 pm
Mike DelGuidice, a multi-instrumentalist, dynamic vocalist, and singer, song writer, and recording artist is currently on tour with Rock N Roll Legend Billy Joel. From New York and Billy Joel’s Band, Mike DelGuidice tours with Billy Joel all over the world including every month at the iconic Madison Square Garden, in New York City. While on tour with Billy Joel he has shared the stage with Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Bryan Adams, Tony Bennett, Paul Simon, John Mayer, John Mellencamp, Adam Levine, and many others. DelGuidice is scheduled to perform with his band, Big Shot on Sept. 10 at 8:30 p.m. at the Norwalk Oyster Festival. Mike has been featured on The NBC Today Show, CBS This Morning Show, as well as in Rolling Stone Magazine, The New York Times, and CNN, to name a few.
Mike DelGuidice and his band, Big Shot is known nationwide for performing a show of astonishing renditions of Billy Joel’s songbook, in addition to songs by Elton John, Van Morrison, Paul McCartney, Marc Cohn, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, John Denver, James Taylor, Chicago, and a few of Mike’s eclectic original songs, and much more. DelGuidice is a world-class vocalist and can sing just about anything. “We are delighted to bring this world class entertainer to the 44th annual Norwalk Oyster Festival this year,” said Mike Reilly, President of the Norwalk Seaport Association and Chairman of the Norwalk Oyster Festival.
Sunday, September 11 – Get the Led Out @ 5 p.m.
This year, the Norwalk Oyster Festival wraps up with a bombastic bang featuring “Get the Led Out,” a band that has captured the essence of the recorded music of Led Zeppelin. This band of six accomplished musicians, hailing from Philly, bring Led Zeppelin to the Main Stage in all its mythic glory. Their two hour plus set spans the career of the legendary “Zep” in all its depth and glory with the studio overdubs that Zeppelin themselves never performed live. Whether you like blues soaked groove driven rock anthems or more intimate acoustic sounds, by the end of the performance, you will understand why Get the Led Out has been hailed as “The American Led Zeppelin” by fans and music critics alike and has met with outstanding national reviews.