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Summer is here, and the Summer Pop-Off Music Festival will make you feel the heat

River Outpost Brewing Company located at the Factoria on John Walsh Boulevard in Peekskill.

The 3rd annual Summer Pop-Off Music Festival will be held at the Factoria hosted by River Outpost Brewing Co and High Noon. Taking place on Sunday, May 26, 2024 from 2:00 pm to 11:00 pm, this outdoor celebration will feature a lineup of live music, beer, food, vendor tents, and more. The 3rd annual Summer Pop-Off Music Festival is a family friendly celebration at the beginning of summer and strives to give those who don’t go away for Memorial Day Weekend a place to be. 

Michael Beckett, music booker for River Outpost explains how the festival came about in 2022.  “Six years ago, I was working for John Sharp, and I approached him about taking over the live music programming for the River Outpost. Over the next two years, I booked the weekly scheduled music. Soon afterwards, I was asked to help create a summer festival series which included the curation of the already established NashSkill Music Festival.” Beckett continued, “The Summer Pop-Off Music Festival became our next venture. The concept was to bring a great day of music and arts to Peekskill and to kick the summer off right with a new one-day music festival. We decided on a Pop/Funk, R&B, and Soul festival.” The Summer Pop-Off Music Festival became a hit and River Outpost is now hosting its 3rd annual kick-off the summer event. “We’re ready to get another great summer down at the River Outpost underway” said Beckett.

The Summer Pop-Off Music Festival includes five bands, each playing for approximately one and half hour sets. Bronx-based singer and rhythm guitarist Bryan Durieux and his indie/soul band will kick the day off starting at 2:00pm. The music will continue with the catchy melodies, powerful guitar riffs, and evocative lyrics of Brian Rigby around 3:30pm. The Westchester based dynamic 8-piece band, On The One will electrify the audience with performances that will keep audiences on their feet all night. The event will be capped off and headlined by two bands. The award-winning horn-driven dance party powerhouse, Shokazoba will perform original high-energy Afrobeats designed to make the audience move their feet, inspire the mind, & activate their souls. The second headliners is  Westchester’s original high energy funk rock band Smooch. Smooch will have you dancing through the night with their high energy blend of old and new, funky and heavy, covers and groovy original music.

In addition to the music, local businesses and vendors such as 2nd Nature, Stark Vintage, Fox Burrow Designs, and Peekskill’s newest craft ice cream shop Froze will be there lining the walkway of the Factoria complex. Other vendors will be there selling jewelry, shirts, baked goods, crafts, cbd products and more.

Just in time for the summer, River Outpost Brewing Company will be releasing a brand new beer at the 3rd annual Summer Pop-Off Music Festival. Marcus Lutter, head brewer at River Outpost Brewing Co. created a Belgian Wit beer with notes of vanilla.    As the former head brewer of the Peekskill Brewery and with over 10 years of brewing experience, Marcus joined the Outpost Brewing Company at the beginning of the year and continues to brew some of the best ale in Peekskill.

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About the Contributor
Dave Mueller
As a Peekskill native, Dave is thrilled to be working with the Peekskill Herald showcasing featured calendar events. A 1999 graduate of PHS, he remembers reading and enjoying the original weekly print edition of the Peekskill Herald every Thursday. He especially liked the political stories, local features and sports coverage when it was written by Peekskill Runner columnist Jack Burns who always managed to weave history into the running times. An avid hiker, he enjoys exploring the local trails as well as the concrete ones in his job as a conductor for Metro North Railroad. He’s a former teacher and co-founder of the Friends of the Peekskill Dog Park, where he frequently can be found with his Koda. He’s happy to be part of the Herald’s growth as the source of local news for Peekskill and looks forward to highlighting a few of many of the events and happenings in Peekskill and the surrounding communities. Reach Dave at [email protected]