Norwalk, CT - This year, Norwalk Oyster Festival organizers have planned a number of new and exciting events that will provide an experience like no other on Friday, September 8; Saturday, September 9; and Sunday, September 10, at the 35-acre Veterans Memorial Park in Norwalk. Tickets are on sale now online at seaport.org and will be available at the gate during the event.
Music and entertainment make people happy with the added benefit of making memories that last a lifetime. And, making folks happy is what this festival is all about, according to Mike Reilly, President of the Norwalk Seaport Association and Chairman of the Norwalk Oyster Festival. “The Norwalk Oyster Festival, now in its 45th year is the last big event that takes place before the end of the summer. It’s a great family fun event that won’t break the bank because all the entertainment is included with the price of the ticket! To make it more affordable for families, we offer discounted ride wristbands on Saturday and Sunday, and best of all, kids under 12 get in free on Sunday. It’s our way of giving back to all our supporters," said Reilly. “The Festival is very important to the Seaport Association because it is our major fundraiser for Sheffield Island Lighthouse, Connecticut’s Maritime Icon,” Reilly said. "We couldn’t put this festival together without the support of our many sponsors including our Presenting Sponsor First County Bank and Ford, for our 'Built Ford Proud' Stage", Reilly concluded.
Entertainment Lineup at the "Built Ford Proud" Stage
Attending the Norwalk Oyster Festival is a lot more than music – it’s the atmosphere, the culture and the people all experiencing something live that you can’t stream! It’s a way to spend time with friends and loved ones, enjoy delicious food, shop and see world-class entertainment as well as both world-famous and emerging musicians.
Get ready to party 1980s style on Friday, September 8, with Mullett on the Built Ford Proud Stage at 8:30 p.m. Mullett is known nationwide as one of the most authentic tribute bands around. This is going to be a fun show, and one not to be missed. For more than a decade, Mullett has been wowing audiences by delivering the best of the 1980s in Big Hair and amazing renditions of 80s favorites. This is the closest you get to classic Van Halen, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Journey, Poison and countless others… proving that the 80s live on forever! Rocking out to Mullett is sure to bring you back in time!
Pimpinella opens for Mullett and will get the party started at 7 p.m. with their special blend of timeless 70s classic rock hits, Funk, Disco, Soul and R&B.
On Saturday, September 9, Gary LeVox, lead singer of the iconic country group Rascal Flatts takes the Build Ford Proud Stage at 8 p.m. Founded in 2000, Rascal Flatts scored 17 No. 1 hits, sold more than 23 million albums and won 40+ award-show trophies, making them the most awarded country group of the last decade. “We are so excited to bring Gary LeVox, a world-class entertainer, to the site to help us celebrate our 45th annual Festival,” said Reilly. “Mr. Levox’s award-winning songs and legendary voice promise guests a show with all the hits that people love from Rascal Flatts plus some new stuff that they haven’t heard yet, making this performance one they will remember for years,” Reilly continued.
LeVox is known for having one of country music’s most distinctive voices that is pure joy to listen to. LeVox will be performing the chart toppers and well-known hits of Rascal Flatts as well as some of his new music. As the frontman in one of the most influential groups in country history, LeVox knows how to entertain. The Oyster Festival offers an intimate setting that makes interaction with the audience easy and fun and LeVox never disappoints with songs that everybody can relate to. LeVox is one of country music’s greatest vocalists, so Saturday night’s audience better get ready to saddle up for an unforgettable good time.
Singer/Songwriter J.D. Leonard, who hails from Nashville, Tennessee, is opening for LeVox on Saturday at 6 p.m. He’s written singles for the likes of Bonnie Tyler and placed a number of songs in over a dozen films. This band has shared the stage with Tyler Farr, Michael McDonald, Blues Traveler and Edgar Winter, to name a few.
Sunday’s musical extravaganza begins at 3 p.m. with BadBoy, which will get the crowd up and dancing with their rock and country hits. The final concert of the 45th annual Oyster Festival ends on a high note with the legendary East Coast Rock ‘n’ Roll group John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band. They will take the Built Ford Proud Stage at 5 p.m. The band is well known for their performance “On the Dark Side” from the motion picture "Eddie and the Cruisers", which is celebrating its 30thanniversary this year. “On the Dark Side” landed in the Billboard Top 10 and was the No. 1 tune on the Album Rock Charts for five weeks. The album sold over three million copies and was certified Triple Platinum by the RIAA. “Tough All Over”, “Hearts on Fire” from the Rocky IV movie and "C-I-T-Y" are among the band’s mega hits. The group puts on a fantastic show that is sure to get people energized.
Two New Entertainment Acts
To pump up the fun, Norwalk Oyster Festival organizers have added two new shows that are sure to amaze. These shows are perfect for the entire family.
The WOW Water Circus will take you on a fanciful and whimsical journey above and below the surface with their maritime merriment! Among the many daring feats of this aquatic spectacular is the daring high-speed Jet Ski aerial act that is as unique as it is thrilling.
If you are an animal lover, you won’t want to miss Canines in the Clouds. This is a heartwarming story about a journey from a shelter to stardom! This diverse cast of canine athletes that perform high-energy, gravity-defying stunts that are unique to this show, will dazzle you. A special highlight is a meet-and-greet with these magnificent dogs after the show.
About the Norwalk Oyster Festival
Now in its 45th year, the Norwalk Oyster Festival is the main fundraiser for the Seaport Association and Sheffield Island Lighthouse. This is a three-day festival celebrating the maritime heritage of Norwalk that is held every September. The Norwalk Oyster Festival is known for its music, wide variety of entertainment, family fun, delicious food, children’s rides and the New England Craft Village.