SCHENECTADY – The popular Harbor Jam series wraps up this weekend with a tribute to classic rockers Journey on Friday and to the genre-crossing legends Earth, Wind & Fire on Saturday.
The series, which takes place at Mohawk Harbor Amphitheater, has only seemed to grow since it first started in 2018. Earlier this season, The Lords of 52nd Street brought in several thousand people to the amphitheater in what organizers estimated was the biggest turnout yet.
On Friday, Separate Ways, named after the Journey track, is set to perform some of the band’s most popular songs, including “Don’t Stop Believing,” “Faithfully” and “Wheel in the Sky.” The five-piece outfit will take the stage at 7:30 p.m.
Then, on Saturday, the stage will host Shining Star. Made up of ten vocalists and musicians, the Earth, Wind & Fire tribute band celebrates the decades-long career of the supergroup, which is known for mixing jazz, R&B, soul, EDM and Afro-pop. Shining Star aims to recreate the 1970s aura of the band, both visually and sonically. Its performance is set for 7:30 p.m. A fireworks display will finish out the evening.
With how popular the shows are, getting there early is a good bet. It helps that each show has two opening acts starting at 5 p.m.
On Friday, DJ Jay Pierre starts things off and local country/bluegrass band Skeeter Creek will follow. DJ Ketchup opens Saturday night’s show. Local country band Scars N’ Stripes is to follow.
There will also be food trucks at each show. On Friday Mike’s Hot Dogs, Seasons Catering, Muddaddy Flats and Ben & Jerry’s will be on site. Roy’s Caribbean, Alotta Empanadas, Flavors of Lebanon, The Unknown Food Truck and Ben & Jerry’s will be there on Saturday.
For those planning to drive, there are a few parking options: the Rivers Casino parking lots and the parking garage, the parking lot next to the amphitheater and the Mohawk Harbor parking garage (located on Harborside Drive).
For anyone looking to take public transportation, the CDTA bus route 370 stops at Rivers Casino. CDTA is also running the Electric City Trolley service during Saturday’s show, which will run between the amphitheater and two parking lots off of Nott Street, including Golub Corp. and Union College’s College Park Hall. The trolleys will run approximately every 15 minutes between 5-11 p.m.