Yachtstock is proud to announce the establishment of an Advisory Board made up of community leaders with extensive expertise in business and the non-profit sector.
The Yachtstock Advisory Board will provide non-binding strategic advice to the Director and Executive Board of Yachtstock. The Advisory Board will review Yachtstock’s endeavors and planned initiatives, financials, charitable work, and giving, for the purpose of offering expertise and guidance to assist Yachtstock in sustaining and growing their charitable work.
Established in the spring of 2017, the Advisory Board currently includes the following members.
Steve Kurtz (Chairman) - Steve is an entertainment and radio DJ (WLVT Cruisin' 92.1) and Philadelphia Radio Hall of Fame inductee. Steve has previously served as a member of Yachtstock's Executive Board and Music Director and has faithfully "MC'd" Yachtstock events for many years.
Heidi Hamels - Heidi and husband, Cole Hamels, are co-founders of THE HAMELS FOUNDATION, recognized by Forbes as one of the leading charities founded by a member of the sports community. The Hamels Foundation has donated over $1,000,000 to Philadelphia Public Schools, over $700,000 to other low socio-economic schools in the U.S., and over $3 million to their Malawi School Project.
Vince Papale - a graduate and former teacher at Interboro High School, Vince captured Philadelphia's heart as a 30-year-old walk-on with the Philadelphia Eagles. His inspirational story was the subject of the Disney movie Invincible. MR. INVINCIBLE is also a motivational speaker and author ("Be Invincible!") and a longtime supporter of Yachtstock.
Johnny Robertson - Johnny is a 30-year veteran Transactional, Compliance, Multimedia, IP, Entertainment/Sports Industry Attorney. As CEO of FULL ARMOR SPORTS, INC. and POWERHOUSE ENTERTAINMENT GROUP Johnny brings not only legal expertise but vast experience in production, publishing, artist management, film production/distribution, label services, and merchandising.
Joe Krause - Joe is managing partner with JAKIB Media Partners & JAKIB Media Sports, LLC and former VP of Sales for the Philadelphia Soul. Joe has extensive experience in media programming and sports management and is a longtime Yachtstock supporter.
Bill Mackie - Bill has 30 years experience in education and non-profits and marketing and technology experience in both the business and non-profit sector. Bill has served for five years as Yachtstock's Director of Marketing.
Billboard Country Charting Performer & Go To Nashville Hit Songwriter George Ducas
We are pleased to announce that George Ducas has been added as a co-headliner with The Highway Women on the YachtStock RiverJam stage June 24. George Ducas is a country music artist and highly respected songwriter. He has released three studio albums and has charted six singles on Billboard Hot Country Songs, the highest being the No. 9 "Lipstick Promises", which was also a #1 CMT video in 1995.
As a songwriter Ducas has written some of country music's biggest hits including: Sara Evan's No. 1 "Real Fine Place To Start," Josh Thompson's "Won't Be Lonely Long," The Eli Young Band's "Always The Love Songs" as well as cuts recorded by George Jones and Garth Brooks ("Beer Run"), The Dixie Chicks, Trisha Yearwood, the Randy Rogers Band, and others.
In addition to co-headling the RiverJam Main Stage, Ducas will also participate in an exclusive Private VIP Meet & Greet before his performance. VIP Tickets are limited and can be purchased in advance at: events.ticketprinting.com/event/riverjam
Yachtstock RiverJam is Delaware County's largest charity music festival, celebrating its 19th year June 24 from noon to 10 PM with 30 bands on three stages, family fun, food and merchant vendors, DELCO Cruisers Car Show and Tinicum County Fireworks -- all on the scenic Delaware River in Essington PA.
Volunteers are needed for Yachtstock with our main event to be held Saturday, June 24, 2017 at the West End Boat Club in Essington, PA. Yachtstock also has periodic music events throughout the year. Get involved in the planning and support for this community-oriented event for a great cause.
Yachtstock's board and committees generally meet on Monday evenings at the West End Boat Club in Essington, PA. Please contact us in advance if you plan to visit to confirm meeting dates and times).
MAKE NEW FRIENDS AND ENJOY THE SATISFACTION OF BEING PART OF DEDICATED TEAM DOING GOOD AND HAVING FUN DOING IT
Every year we enjoy the support of our local Shriners and a great core of volunteer staff. But we always can use more help to assist in many aspects of our operation. We guarantee we will find a role suitable for your time and talents. Get plugged in today!
For details please contact George Spicer or email us at info @ yachtstock.org.
How can you help?
Whether you have skills in fundraising, marketing, volunteer coordination, event planning, public relations, security, event staff, children's activities, face painting, balloon twisting, crafts, clowning around, or are just willing to be plugged in -- however you can be of help, we have a place for you.
Yachtstock History - how some slaves to rock and roll started serving their community
In 1986 a small group of musicians in Delaware County decided to put together an outdoor jam session at the West End boat Club on the scenic Delaware River in Essington, PA. Each year the event grew as more singers and musicians got involved. Everyone donated their time, expertise and talents to what became an annual event know as YachtStock RiverJam.
In 2002, Yachtstock participants decided to raise money for a local family whose child was battling cancer and struggling with medical bills. Fundraising became a focal point of the event. Over the years the RiverJam and other fundraising activities have raised tens of thousands of dollars for families of local children with chronic health conditions as well as other worthy charities such as Shriners Childrens Hospital - Philadelphia Unit, and the American Cancer Society Children's Fund.
In 2008-2009 the Yachtstock team applied for and received a 501(c)3, non-profit status, became incorporated and put together a board of directors. The board and all participants are volunteers. In addition to the love of music and community, helping these families at such a difficult time and seeing the smiles on the kid's faces make all the hard work worthwhile.
Yachtstock brings a mix of classic rock, country, funk, soul, and pop, sure to please almost anyone with 30 bands at three outstanding venues (West End Boat Club & the adjacent Corinthian Yacht Club & Governor Printz Park).
Yachtstock's 2017 headliners: THE HIGHWAY WOMEN & GEORGE DUCAS
Rising "Outlaw Country" stars THE HIGHWAY WOMEN will headline the Hamels Foundation RiverJam stage along with Billboard-charting country performer and renowned songwriter GEORGE DUCAS (Garth Brooks, The Eli Young Band, Trisha Yearwood, Josh Thompson & more).
30 Bands on 3 Rockin' Stages
Local bands will bring a mix of classic rock, country, funk, ska, soul, and pop. 30 bands will rock the H & H Heating & Air RiverView Stage, the Harrah's World Stage @ The Corinthian, and the main Hamels Foundation RiverJam stage at West End Boat Club.
Tinicum County Fireworks, CAR SHOW & FAMILY FUN
After our artists rock the RiverJam stages we will enjoy the biggest Tinicum Township fireworks in history -- right on the scenic Delaware river.
In addition to fireworks, great bands, and food, there are many activities for the whole family -- including DELCO Cruisers Car Show, Family Fun Circus, visits from the famous Shriner clowns, Moon Bounce & Super Slide, face painting, carriage and pony rides, silent auctions, 50/50 raffles, and more.
The outdoor concert is held each year on the banks of the Delaware River at the West End Boat Club. In 2017 Yachtstock is continuing its partnership with Tinicum Township with fireworks (this year to be located in the river off Corinthian Yacht Club adjacent to Gov. Printz Park & West End Boat Club), and the continued support of our main venue location and longstanding partner, West End Boat Club as well as the adjacent Corinthian Yacht Club. Adding to the festivities will be the DELCO CRUISERS CAR SHOW at Gov. Printz Park.
Charting country performer and renowned songwriter George Ducas will headline the Hamels Foundation RiverJam stage, along with co-headlining rising "Outlaw Country" stars the Highway Women, leading up to the Tinicum Township Fireworks display. Local bands will bring a mix of classic rock, country, funk, soul, and pop -- sure to please almost anyone with 30 bands on three stages.
In addition to great bands, and food and refreshment there are many activities for the whole family -- including (bigger and better!) Tinicum County fireworks, Moon Bounce & Super Slide, face painting, visits from the famous Shriner clowns, silent auctions, and more.
Yachstock RiverJam is the highlight of Yactstock's annual fundraising. This June 25th we celebrate our 18th year. Proceeds from this year's event will benefit two local families and Shriners Hospitals Philadelphia Unit.
Yachtstock's 2016 headliner, LAND OF OZZ, is the world's greatest Ozzy Osbourne tribute band that has packed theaters throughout the east coast. We are also pleased to present Audra McLaughlin, a top 8 finalist on The Voice with a rising career. These entertaining acts will be joined by 30 more bands, including Yachtstock's own country rocker, Sara Spicer, R&B divas -- JaE, and many more. After our artists rock the RiverJam stages we will enjoy fireworks on the river off Governor Printz Park.
The outdoor concert is held each year on the banks of the Delaware River at the West End Boat Club in Essington. Yachtstock has expanded with the support of Tinicum Township and the addition of adjacent locations/venues the Corinthian Yacht Club and Governor Printz Park.
30+ bands at three Locations on 4 stages | Fireworks |
Breaking News! In demand Ozzy Osbourne tribute band Land of Ozz has been added to the Yachstock 2016 RiverJam lineup.
The Land Of OZZ is the closest thing to Ozzy Osbourne in his prime years that you will see and hear anywhere in the world, PERIOD! Listen to the band's demo recordings and hear it for yourself.
"Take a 17 yr old guitar prodigy and his Berklee College of Music trained Father to handle the six string duties, add a founder of "Get the Led Out" on bass guitar, the Phila area's top rock drummer and Keyboard player, and then add the best "Ozzy" since Ozzy and you have The Land of Ozz! "
At the center of The Land of OZZ is STEPHEN DESKO and his amazing ability to recreate the look and sound of OZZY. Stephen will make you think you are hearing and seeing OZZY live in the 80s and 90s. His vocal range, tone and appearance is so close to OZZY, it really is incredible. Sit back and and enjoy the ride with the The Land of OZZ's (Diary Of A) Madman at the wheel.
Land of OZZ is anchoring the West End Main Stage at our very own Yachtstock RiverJam. Their headliner performance will be capped off with the Tinicum Township Patriotic Fireworks right on the RiverJam music festival grounds!
This is an event you will not want to miss with Great Music, Great Fun, and a Greater Cause as we support local charities, Shriners Hospitals Philadelphia, Team Ryan and Team Ella.
Stay tuned for more exciting news and the full lineups for the West End Boat Club, The Corinthian, and Governor Printz Park.
Volunteers are needed for Yachtstock 2016 with our main event to be held Saturday, June 25th at the West End Boat Club in Essington, PA. Get involved in the planning and support for this community oriented event for a great cause.
The Yachstock RiverJam is the highlight of Yactstock's annual fundraising. This June 25th we celebrate our 18th year. Proceeds from this year's event will benefit the families of two local children with severe illnesses (Ella D'Angelo & Ryan Burr) and Shriners Hospitals Philadelphia Unit .