After a year off due to the pandemic, it's great that Spiediefest is returning this year at Otsiningo Park. The dates are October 8th, 9th and 10th. Normally, Speidefest occurs during the first weekend in August. This year will be the 36th year for what I consider is the largest, most fun festival in the Southern Tier.

I remember those great rock concerts we brought in over the years at Spiediefest like Foghat, Kansas, Eddie Money and Night Ranger to name a few. They all were amazing shows, and all of the artists, bands and their management were the nicest people to work with.

We brought in Loverboy and Brian Howe twice. Loverboy took the Spiediefest stage in 2003 and 2007. I remember standing to the side of the stage during the 2003 show, and in the middle of one of the songs - I forget what the song was - Mike Reno walked over to us, asked if we were enjoying the show and if we wanted a beer. I'll never forget that. It was so cool.

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Brian Howe was probably the nicest person to work with, both times he played at Spiediefest in 2008 and 2010. During the 2008 concert, Blue Oyster Cult was to follow Brian Howe's Bad Company, but they ran into some travel issues getting to Binghamton. So what did Brian Howe do? He kept playing until BOC arrived.

Probably one of my favorite shows was when Don Felder came to Spiediefest. We had a decent crowd, but not sold out. Along with some of his own songs, Don played a lot of Eagles tunes, and if you didn't know better, you would have thought it was The Eagles on stage. I picked on some of my friends who love The Eagles, but didn't go to the show. I told them that they really missed a show that would have rivaled The Eagles on stage.

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