Live entertainment is a hallmark of the historic Yorktown Grange Fair, with the emphasis on local talent.
Among this year’s bumper crop of performers are an international entertainer, a singer featured on NBC-TV’s “The Voice,” a school superintendent, a varsity coach, and high school teens who write their own music. The grassroots lineup will grace the main stage starting with the annual event’s Sept. 8 Friday night grand opening and culminating in the Sept. 10 Sunday evening finale.
Topping the bill at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, is headliner Over the Top.
Friday, Sept. 8
Sands of Time
Under the musical leadership of Yorktown High varsity golf coach Skip Marini, who doubles as PGA assistant pro at Mohansic Golf Course, this Yorktown-based quartet specializes in classic rock covers of hits from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. (facebook.com/sandsoftimeband)
The 19-year-old New York singer/songwriter chose Adam Levine to coach her on NBC-TV’s “The Voice” after he and two other judges competed to mentor her. Two of her singles, “Mississippi Queen” and “Edge of Seventeen,” were on the Top 100 iTunes Rock Chart, with the first single surpassing 1 million views on YouTube. (amandaayala.com)
Saturday, Sept. 9
Justin Veatch Fund All-Stars, featuring Absolute Zero and Oberman
Both bands are manned by teenage students ages 13-16. Named for a gifted high school musician, the Justin Veatch Fund sponsors programs that reach out to young performing artists. It provides them with opportunities to collaborate with, and be challenged by, a network of peers and professionals. Its core mission includes advising teens and young adults on the perils of substance abuse.
4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Fronted by Lakeland School District Superintendent Dr. George Stone, this classic rock band covers 200 songs. Its other musicians are administrators and faculty members from Lakeland, one of Yorktown’s two school districts. Every dollar earned by the group from gigs is donated to school-related causes. (lakelandschools.org)
Over the Top
Dubbed “The Family Band,” the five-musician group plays a variety of hit songs spanning five decades. In addition to Calamera family members Peter, Victoria, and their daughter, Jessica Sterlacci, there is Jessica’s husband, Steven Sterlacci, and “Uncle Carl” Vreeland. Performing separately as part of a country group called The Jessica Lynn Band, the family recently returned from a European tour where, at one stop, they opened for legendary rockers ZZ Top. (overthetopband.com)
Sunday, Sept. 10
What It Is
Echoing the brassy, big-band sounds of groups such as Chicago, Earth Wind & Fire, and Steely Dan, the eight-piece band features two lead vocalists, who are brothers, and a full horn section, playing funk, soul, rock, jazz, and R&B. (whatitisband.com)
A full schedule of all fair activities, including Livestock Shows with horses, goats, sheep, cows and oxen, is at yorktowngrangefair.org.