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The hottest music of the year is this Saturday in Peekskill

All genres will fill the air with a day full of music
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From Pride dance parties, to Jazz in the Streets, 90’s grunge and an all day Metal Fest, there is something for everyone on Saturday June 29th.

Pride and No Prejudice Cocktail and Dance Party

Pride and No Prejudice is a collaborative group of individuals and organizations who come together to stand up for the rights of all, every individual, every race, every gender, every religious and political belief, on the premise of inclusivity. 

On Saturday, June 29th after the 4th annual Peekskill Pride in the Park, the Pride and No Prejudice group will present a Cocktail Party with unlimited beer, wine, specialty cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at the Division Street Grill starting at 7:00 pm. In addition, there will be a special live performance with vocalist Donnan Sutherland and pianist Dave Myers. After the Cocktail Party, beginning at 9:00 pm until close, Pride and No Prejudice will host a Pride After Dark Dance Party with award-winning DJ Jimmy Prada.



The Pride and No Prejudice event is co-sponsored by a collection of local Peekskill businesses and individuals including White Plains Linen, UptheHudsonEvents LLC, R&W Marketing, Osley Tomlinson and is presented in cooperation with Antonia Arts.

In addition to the Cocktail Party and Dance Party, Pride and No Prejudice will present a Voter Education Town Hall presented by the New York Democratic Lawyers Council (NYDLC) and features a host of speakers on voter protections and rights. An important issue discussed will be the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) which explicitly prohibits discrimination by the government based on a person’s ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, and sex — including their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression — in addition to pregnancy and pregnancy outcomes.

The Pride and No Prejudice Cocktail Party costs $75 and includes unlimited beer, wine, specialty cocktails, passed hors d’oeuvres and Dance Party admission. If attendees do not wish to attend the Cocktail Party, no worries, the Pride and No Prejudice Dance Party costs $20. Tickets can be purchased by using this link, using EventBrite using this link or at


Other Saturday June 29th Music Events 

Birdsall House hosts the official Peekskill Pride after party 

One block away from Pugsley Park where the 4th annual Pride in the Park event will be held, the Birdsall House will host the official Peekskill Pride after party starting at 6:00 pm. Gathering in the Beer Garden starting at 8:00 pm, the band Animal Afterlife will get the crowd off their feet and dance the night away.

Animal Afterlife offers a blend of original and classic funky pop music to soothe the soul. Hailing from both the NYC and New Haven areas, the band is comprised of several emerging artists with some veteran musicians and songwriters helping to set the foundation. From Prince to Sade to Stevie Wonder to John Mayer. From Sharon Jones to White Stripes to Billy Eilish to Earth Wind and Fire – and plenty of funky original songs thrown in!

Division Street Summer Series

The Division Street Summer Sessions will continue to rock the block at Restaurant Row when The Mike Risko Band takes the stage by the Gazebo in downtown Peekskill starting at 7:00pm. Expect a mix of crowd-pleasing rock hits and pop tracks spanning across different decades and genres. Don’t forget your dancing shoes and your appetite. There are plenty of restaurants to order food from and tables to sit at. To read more about the Division Street Summer Series and other music venues check out Peekskill’s music scene is on fire all Summer long

Esther Street Jazz Series 

Just one block up the street from the Division Street Summer Series and the Pride and No Prejudice event, the Esther Street Jazz series continues at Esther Place. From 6:00 to 8:00 pm, the John Basile Trio takes over Esther Street to serenade the crowd with the smooth sounds of jazz. Jazz guitarist and composer John Basile attended Berklee College of Music, graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music, and honed his jazz skills studying with many of the great jazz guitarists, including Barry Galbraith, Jack Wilkins, and Chuck Wayne. 

John got his first break playing with Peggy Lee at the behest of legendary jazz drummer Grady Tate (Wes Montgomery, Jimmy Smith). During these years John performed and/or recorded in diverse settings with Peggy Lee, Sylvia Sims, Rosemary Clooney, Tony Bennett, George Mraz, Michael Brecker, “Sweets” Edison, John Abercrombie, Tom Harrell, and Red Mitchell, among others.

John has released 15 highly acclaimed solo albums and his latest jazz release, Satisfied features Gary Versace on organ and Carmen Intorre Jr. on drums.

A $20 donation for the artists during the event is requested.  In case of inclement weather, the event will be held inside the BeanRunner Cafe. For reservations, call 914-737-1701.


Station Square Music Series

Down at the Riverfront at Station Square, get ready for a night of high-energy music and nostalgic vibes as False Start takes the stage at The Central. False Start will be playing all of the greatest 90’s and 00’s rock hits that will take you back to the days of grunge. Whether you’re here for the Plush vibes or to avoid being a Basket Case at home, False Start will make sure you have a Semi-Charmed Life night to remember. Don’t let this be your Dirty Little Secret. Spread the word and bring a friend or two. Don’t miss it, the band starts playing at 8:30pm. 


The River Outpost Brewing Co. hosts Grateful BRO 

If its smooth vibes and easy music you are looking for, then it’s the Grateful BRO that will be your cup of tea down at the RiverOutpost at the Factoria. The Grateful BRO delivers a heavy dose of the good old Grateful Dead along with music by The Allman Brothers, Steely Dan, The Who, More Grateful Dead, The Band, The Rolling Stones, Originals, Motown & Soul Favorites, Jerry Garcia Band and more. The River Outpost is a great place to sit by the Hudson, enjoy the sunset, listen to the music and meet up with friends, have dinner or a drink and enjoy with Grateful BRO.

Kyles Pub hosts Metal Fest

If it’s Metal you are into, then get ready for an all day banger at Kyle’s Pub! For the first time ever, Kyles Pub is hosting Metal Fest, an all day metal head extravaganza. Starting at 2:00 pm, Kyles will host a killer lineup of 9 Heavy Metal bands. 8 bands will be playing outside in the back patio including Crucial Pain, Mantel, Scarlet King, American Steel, Peregrination just to name a few. After 10pm, Metal Fest moves inside and does not come to a close until after Abyss shuts the place down. This is an event you do not want to miss.

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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]