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June 05, 2019

DATE:              June 4, 2019
CONTACT:      Ryan Murray 
                          518.434.5415 /            

ALBANY, NY – The City of Albany and SEFCU are proud to present Dad Fest, a free Father’s Day event at the Washington Park Parade Grounds next Sunday, June 16th!  Dad Fest will feature a classic car show, presented by Keeler Motor Car plus live music from Refugee: The Ultimate Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Experience, Ten Most Wanted, The Flurries “Tail of the Comet”, great food, vendors, kids’ activities and more family fun on Sunday, June 16 from 1 to 6 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, Dad Fest will be held at the Corning Preserve Boatlaunch. Media sponsors for the show are 88.3 The Saint.

Now in its fifth year, Dad Fest is the City of Albany’s celebration of all the fantastic fathers out there. It’s a chance for the whole family to kick back and enjoy an early summer afternoon at one of the Capital Region’s most picturesque parks, surrounded by classic cars, good folks, good tunes and good times. Of course, you don’t have to be a dad to enjoy Dad Fest – this event offers a little fun for everyone. 
For more information on Dad Fest and all of the City of Albany’s free, family-friendly events, visit, 518.434.2032 or follow albanyNYevents on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

Refugee was formed in early 2014 by six seasoned New York musicians who love Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. It is with love, respect and all our hearts that we pay tribute to Tom, one of the greatest American songwriters of our time. It is a daunting task to do justice to this brilliant catalogue of music but doing so means everything to this band. Tom was taken from all of us much too soon but his beautiful legacy will live on forever. We love you Tom.  Refugee has become one of the most successful nationally touring tributes to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Playing the best of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Tom Petty solo music and some Mudcrutch and Travlin' Willbury's thrown in for good measure with such crazy precision you have to see Refugee to believe them.

From weddings to corporate to festivals to clubs Ten Most Wanted is your Live source for unrivaled entertainment!  Featuring the all-star talents of: Tony Gambaro * Tameka Amar * Chris Barron * Jon DeLappa * Kevin Carey * Lance Comer * Eiljah Hudson * Eric Ciarmello * Liam Davis * David Gordon!

ART meets CRAFT?   Yes, the ART of SONGWRITING is alive and well with The Flurries. Three minute gems… listen, you’ll see... Oh, and the CRAFT of PERFORMANCE is also alive and, uh … kicking! “A-one-two-three-four!” and off they go, making all the sound they need with just three pieces. It shows in “COLOUR SHOW” - recorded in a manner that not many dare these days - done Sun Records or Billie Holiday style, everyone in one room, and you play a great take! Period. Jerry Kitzrow began playing professionally at the age of just 17, with his group The Bandables. Based out of the NYC music scene, the youngsters enjoyed the world of records, touring and radio. Later, Jerry formed Wild Honey. After some time away from the industry to start a family, Jerry has returned to the stage with a batch of new songs and some excellent musical partners. Peter McCaw attended Berklee College of Music and he has studied theory, arrangement, classical guitar & trumpet, in addition to bass. Peter has worked steadily as a professional sideman and now his ear for arrangement and stage energy has made him an integral part of The Flurries. Neil Green moves swiftly from a rock beat to touches of jazz & soul. He also brings the same focus to the kit that made him a star running back at Boston College and to deals with the Oakland Raiders and the NY Jets of the NFL.  Exciting? YES... Unabashedly Energetic, with a sound both melodic and powerful.  YES... Crowd Favorites Always. YES... Bringing Sonic Colours your way With their COLOUR SHOW... YES.

The 2nd Dad Fest Classic Car show presented by Keeler Motor Car in partnership with Capital Car Shows will circle the inner roads of Washington park with a hundred cars to walk through and admire!  If you would like to enter your car or are looking for more information visit

Hop on the FREE Christ’s Church Love Albany Bounce House, enjoy FREE Rock Climbing all day with Climb Time, Afrims Sports will be running soccer workshops, join the Albany Tulip Queen and Court for Face painting and MUCH MORE!   

Dad Fest is presented by generous event sponsors
Price Chopper & Market 32
Spectrum News
Albany Empire
Bath Fitter
Hampton Inn and Suites
Green Mountain Energy
Leaf Filter
Afrims Sports
Love Albany Bounce House provided by Christ's Church Albany

Media Partners
88.3 The Saint
Spot  518
Spiral Design Studio
NYS Music

Special ground rules in effect
No glass containers.
No animals or pets.
No recording of performances.
All City of Albany parks are now tobacco-free.

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