The 32nd annual Savin Rock Festival will begin July 25 in Old Grove Park with a midway of games, food, rides and entertainment.
The four-day event will kick off at 5 p.m. with a ceremony. The Rum Runners will perform at 6 p.m., followed by Flashback at 8.
The festival, co-sponsored by the University of New Haven and Yale University, is 4-10 p.m. July 25-26, noon-10 p.m. July 27 and noon-9 p.m. July 28.
Marenna Amusements will offer unlimited rides July 25-26 for $20 and July 27-28 for $25.
On July 26, Fast Lane Band will play party and dance classics at 6 p.m., followed by Top-40 cover band Mean Carlene at 8.
A wide array of civic and fraternal organizations and nonprofit groups will set up booths and tables in the Old Grove, and the food court will showcase a string of local vendors.
The Department of Parks and Recreation will present its second Mark Romano Memorial Volleyball Tournament from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sea Bluff Beach courts and its annual bocce tournament at 9 a.m. at the Leo Kelly Bocce Courts in the Grove.
Irish singer-songwriter Liz McNicholl will go on at 2 p.m., followed by the Frankie Valli Experience at 4.
At 8 p.m., Big Shot, a Billy Joel tribute group from Long Island, N.Y., will perform choice cuts from the Piano Man’s extensive catalog of pop hits, including “Just the Way You Are,” “Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song),” “My Life” and “Scenes From an Italian Restaurant.”
Fronted by singer Mike DelGuidice, Big Shot features a duo of Joel’s current band members, guitarist Tommy Byrnes and drummer Chuck Burgi, as well as Joel’s original saxophonist, Richie Cannata.
Mystery Tour, a Beatles cover band, will warm up the crowd at 6 p.m.
If it rains, Big Shot will play at the same time at Dodds Theater on UNH’s main campus, 300 Boston Post Road.
On July 28, Jason Heffernan will perform an acoustic set at 3 p.m., followed by the Sentinels at 4:30.
The festival will close with concerts by Annie and the Mixers at 6 p.m. and Stevie Nicks tribute group The Navels at 7:30.
The West Haven High School Band Parents will hold a craft fair from noon-8 p.m. July 27-28.
To help with expenses, the Savin Rock Festival Committee will sell polo shirts and T-shirts in the hospitality tent.
West Haven’s flagship festival was established in 1982 by the Chamber of Commerce, under the direction of John and Mary Perrone, to bring organizations, clubs, businesses and residents together.