Lou Gramm, former front man for Foreigner, will perform at Spiedie Fest Aug. 6

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A jukebox hero is coming to Binghamton.

Superstar rock vocalist Lou Gramm will take the stage Aug. 6 at the Spiedie Fest & Balloon Rally, organizers said Thursday.

Gramm, a Rochester native whose signature voice helped power Foreigner to 16 Top 40 hits in the 1970s and 1980s, will perform at 6 p.m. in Otsiningo Park on the second night of the three-day festival that celebrates the Binghamton area’s most popular culinary creation — the spiedie.

In addition to Gramm, the Spiedie Fest concert lineup features a pair of popular country artists:

Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line performs at 7 p.m. on Aug. 5 and Gary LeVox of Rascall Flatts takes to the concert stage at 6 p.m., Aug. 7.

Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line performs at the 2019 CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Tennessee.
Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line performs at the 2019 CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Tennessee.

Kelley is one half of a Grammy-nominated duo that has racked up 18 number one singles and more than 13.2 billion streams. Kelley, aka “Beach Cowboy,”  released his debut album, "BK’s Wave Pack," in April 2021.

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LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney founded Rascal Flatts in 2000, and they went on to enjoy one of the most successful careers in modern country music. After 20 years as frontman, LeVox began a solo career.

"There are songs that I truly believe in and that I think the world needs to hear,” LeVox said in a 2020 interview with Bobby Bones. “I feel like this is the platform that God has given me to touch people’s lives through my music.”

Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts performs during the 2015 CMA Festival in Nashville, Tennessee.
Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts performs during the 2015 CMA Festival in Nashville, Tennessee.

How to get tickets for the Spiedie Fest

Concert and festival tickets go on sale June 6. Tickets will be available on Ticketmaster, at all Mirabito convenience stores in Broome County and at selected Mirabito stores around the state.

The offerings include:

  • One Day Pass ($10, children 8 and under free): Does not include a concert.

  • One Day & Concert Pass ($20): Attend the festival for one day, and that evening’s concert. Park at SUNY Broome and use the shuttle to get to the park.

  • Weekend Pass ($99)" Attend the festival on all three days and get all three concerts.

This year's festival marks a return to the first week of August after it was held in October in 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions.

In addition to the concerts and hot air balloons, the festival features sports, cooking contests, a car show, arts and crafts, a large selection of food, carnival rides, vendors and plenty of spiedies, marinated cubes of beef, chicken or lamb cooked on a skewer and served on a long roll that give the happening its name.

Since its founding in 1984 as a spiedie cooking contest, the festival has become an event that attracts over 100,000 people from across the region. It is the third largest hot air balloon festival in the country.

The balloon rally includes more than 20 hot air balloons operated by pilots from all over the country.

The first night of the festival, Aug. 5, has a scheduled balloon launch at 6 p.m. followed by a night glow at 8:30.

There will be hot air balloon tether rides from noon to 4 p.m. on Aug. 6, with a mass balloon launch set for 6 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 7 will have balloon tether rides from noon to 4 p.m.

Other Spiedie Fest & Balloon Rally Festival highlights

The Antique, Classic, Cool Car & Truck Show is set to rev up Aug. 6, beginning at 10 a.m, Dozens of cars and trucks in all kinds of styles from the past six decades will be featured. The show continues on Aug. 7 at 10 a.m.

The Spiedie Cooking Contest is set for 1 p.m., Aug. 7. The original purpose of the festival, spectators will gather to see and smell who produces the most flavor in three separate divisions — backyard, student and celebrity.

SQUAWK! from America’s Got Talent is a one-of-a-kind, hour-long show filled with amazing tricks, great talkers and lots of fun and laughs suitable for the entire family. There will be shows on each day of the festival, including at 6 and 8 p.m. on Aug. 5; and at noon on Aug. 6 and Aug. 7.

The festival hours are Aug. 5, 3 to 9 p.m.; Aug. 6, 10 a.m. until 8:30 p.m.; and Aug. 7, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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This article originally appeared on Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin: Lou Gramm, Brian Kelley, Gary LeVox the concert acts at Spiedie Fest