Travis Tritt, Crack the Sky to headline Dundalk Heritage Fair
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 13:17

Country music singer Travis Tritt will take the stage at the Dundalk Heritage Fair on Sunday, June 29. Crack the Sky, including founding members (from left) Rick Witkowski and John Palumbo, will perform at the Dundalk Heritage Fair on Friday, June 27.

Saturday night headliner not yet announced

by Nicole Rodman

    The seemingly-endless winter is finally winding down and, soon, the cold and snow will be replaced with the heat and humidity.
    Though warmer weather may still seem like a distant dream, the Dundalk Heritage Fair Association is already hard at work planning for this year’s fair.
    The association has announced that popular local band Crack the Sky will perform at the fair at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 27, while hit country music artist Travis Tritt will take the stage at 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 29.
    Saturday’s headliner has not yet been announced.
    According to Bob Fogle Sr., entertainment chair and vice president of the Dundalk Heritage Fair Association, the Saturday night headliner will be announced by the end of April.
    Crack the Sky was formed in Weirton, West Virginia in the early 1970s.
    The band’s eponymous 1975 debut, lauded by both The New York Times and Rolling Stone magazine, reached 161 on the Billboard chart.
    While Crack the Sky never took off nationally, the band built an enormous local following and remains popular in the Baltimore area.
    Crack the Sky continues to record and perform. The band’s latest album, Ostrich, was released in late 2012.
    The band is known for such songs as “Skin Deep,” “Hot Razors in My Heart,” “Surf City” and “She’s a Dancer.”
    Calling the group “a local legendary rock band,” Fogle noted, “They’ve been around a good while and they have a great following.”
    He added, “These guys are really good, they really are.”
    Sunday’s headliner, two-time Grammy award- winner Travis Tritt, has been recording since 1989.
    Tritt has released 11 studio albums, seven of which have been certified platinum or higher.    
    During his career, Tritt has remained a mainstay on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. All but one of his 40 singles has reached the chart.
    Tritt has many well-known hits, including “Help Me Hold On,” “The Whiskey Ain’t Workin’” and “Best of Intentions.”
    Fogle said he is excited to bring some country flavor to a stage that has, in years past, been dominated by rock bands.
    “I’ve been having all the rock and roll ... I just thought it’s time to give the people a good country act,” he explained.
    Fans of country music will also be able to see returning favorite Dean Crawford & the Dunn’s River Band on the Dunmanway Stage during this year’s fair.
    Calling the band a “crowd-pleaser,” Fogle noted that he booked the group on the Dunmanway Stage in order “to draw people to that end of the park.”
    He noted, “They’re a good draw.”
    Other confirmed acts include Stevie Nicks/Fleetwood Mac tribute band Leather and Lace, Steely Dan tribute band Technicolor Motor Home and the General John Stricker Middle School Steel Drum Band.
    The rest of the entertainment schedule, with the exception of Saturday’s headliner, will be released soon.
    The 2014 Dundalk Heritage Fair will be held from Friday, June 27, through Sunday, June 29, from noon to 10 p.m. each day.
    The 80th Annual Dundalk 4th of July Parade will be held on Friday, July 4, beginning at 8:15 a.m.    
    Fireworks will be held in the usual location near the North Point Government Center on July 4 at 9:15 p.m.
    For more information, visit the website www.dundalkheritagefair.com.