Buckwheat "Boogies" Into Point Lookout, Zydeco Legend Joins Fireworks and Heroes at Town's Independence Celebration

Fronting one of America’s leading party bands, Grammy winner, Buckwheat Zydeco brings the “Bayou Boogie” to Hempstead Town’s Independence Celebration on Saturday, night June 29, 7:30 p.m. at Town Park Point Lookout.  Along with a free concert, the evening includes a breathtaking fireworks display and a patriotic tribute to heroic military veterans.

Supervisor Kate Murray invites all town residents to attend a stirring tribute to American Independence and the nation’s 237th birthday. Town Park Point Lookout is located at 1300
Lido Boulevard in Point Lookout at the foot of the Loop Parkway.  The park phone number is (516) 431-3900.  There is a rain date of Sunday, June 30th.

A down home, high powered, foot stompin’ style of music born from early Louisiana Creole with influences in the blues, R & B and even hip hop, Zydeco has become synonymous with fast tempo, fun times and feiry dance.  Buckwheat Zydeco has earned international acclaim throughout the music industry and has garnered much attention for appearances, on the David Letterman Show, with the Boston Pops and at the Summer Olympics.

“Hempstead Town will ignite this year’s Independence Celebration with a spectacular beach concert and fireworks show,” added Supervisor Murray.  “This will be a great night of FREE family entertainment and I invite everyone to arrive early, place their lawn chairs or blankets close to the stage, bring a picnic dinner and enjoy themselves before the show.”

The town celebration will begin with a tribute to several military veterans who have distinguished themselves in service to their country and their community.  Following the veteran’s tribute and concert, Bay Fireworks will brighten the night sky with a world-class fireworks display.

Spectators will enjoy viewing the vintage automobiles on display from several area car clubs as well as an impressive array of military vehicles and armored equipment from the 2nd Marines 25th Battalion of Garden City. There will also be a food stand on site serving up a tasty menu of concert treats.

KJOY 98.3 FM returns as the evening’s media sponsor, and the town’s Independence Celebration is supported by Swingbelly’s Beach Side Barbeque in Long Beach and Tulip Caterers in Franklin Square. Additional contributors include, Entenmann’s Family Bakery, Dairy Barn, Quick Snack Vending and Naturally Boulder Water.

For information on the beach show and the entire schedule of summer concerts, call the Town of Hempstead Department of Parks and Recreation at 292-9000, ext. 382, or visit the town’s web site at www.toh.li.