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Jeff Noye, co-ordinator of the Rock the Boat MusicFest, is excited about the first-ever event at Green Park on Aug. 2. The musical lineup includes Jim Cuddy and Blue Rodeo, Alan Doyle, Jimmy Rankin, Meaghan Blanchard and Gordie MacKeeman & the Rhythm Boys.

Featuring Jim Cuddy and Blue Rodeo, Alan Doyle, Jimmy Rankin and others, the first-ever Rock the Boat MusicFest sails into Green Park on Aug. 2

Rock the Boat MusicFest is getting ready to drop anchor at Green Park Provincial Park.

The first-ever music extravaganza, presented in conjunction with the 50th Tyne Valley Oyster Festival, lands in nearby Port Hill on Aug. 2.

And Jeff Noye can’t wait for the stage lights to come on.

“There’s a great vibe and it’s growing. And everywhere I go people are talking about it. We’re expecting a crowd of anywhere between five and six thousand people,” says Noye, event co-ordinator.

And for good reason.

The main act is Jim Cuddy and Blue Rodeo, known for award-winning singles like Try, Til I Am Myself Again, Til I Gain Control Again, Head Over Heels and What Am I Doing Here.

“It took months of conversation before we could confirm it,” says Noye, adding the Toronto-based band will share the stage with East Coast acts Alan Doyle, Jimmy Rankin, Gordie MacKeeman and Meaghan Blanchard.

But between now and then there’s plenty to do.

“The list is getting longer every way. With the music lined up, we’re making phone call after phone call, getting people and the food lined up,” says Noye, adding that local restaurants will be serving fresh oysters, mussels, crab cakes and other culinary delights.

“The food is going to be terrific.”

Next Saturday, the festival opens when Blanchard steps onto the stage at 3 p.m.

“Meaghan has been attending the Oyster Festival for the past five or six years as a spectator. She wrote last year telling me how much she would like to be involved in this year’s show. I thought she would be a great opener.”

Rankin will go on at 5 p.m., followed by an oyster shucking competition on the big stage with Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys backing them up.

“Full of life, this band always brings the house down.”

Then it’s Doyle’s turn to take the stage at 7 p.m. A full band will accompany the front man for Great Big Sea who is also developing a career as a solo performer.

Finally, Blue Rodeo will close out concert at 9 p.m.

Noye hopes that people will come out and support this inaugural event.

“Ticket sales are going well, but we’re on P.E.I. and we know that most people are waiting to hear the weather forecast before deciding whether to come.

“In the end, sales at the door are always good for us.”

At a glance:

If you are going

What: Rock the Boat Music Festival.

When and where: Aug. 2, Green Park, P.E.I.

Admission: Tickets are available online at www.peioysterfest.com and at Murphy's Pharmacy locations Islandwide.

Website: www.rocktheboatfest.com.

Sally Cole is an entertainment writer with The Guardian. She welcomes comments about her column as well as suggestions for future columns from readers. She may be reached at scole@theguardian.pe.ca or by phone at 629-6000, ext. 6054.

Organizations: Green Park Provincial Park.The, His Rhythm Boys, Great Big Sea The Guardian

Geographic location: Green Park, Tyne Valley, Port Hill East Coast P.E.I.

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