Eddie Money headlines this year's Oyster Festival

Eddie Money will headline this year's Milford Oyster Festival, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 18.

Eddie Money has been rocking audiences for more than 40 years. Born Edward Joseph Mahoney on March 21, 1949, in Brooklyn, N.Y, he always wanted to be a musician, but he decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and became a police officer.

After being in law enforcement for two years, he decided to try music, moved to California and changed his name to Eddie Money.

“After meeting the legendary producer, Bill Graham and signing on with Columbia Records, Money’s career took off with his 1977 debut album. ‘Baby Hold On’ and ‘Two Tickets to Paradise’ became quick hits and were followed by a stream of top 40 hits including ‘Think I’m in Love’ and ‘Shakin’,” according to a press release about the event.

Another platinum hit was “Take Me Home Tonight” with Ronnie Spector.

These days in addition to maintaining a busy touring schedule, Money has been featured on hit television shows like “The King of Queens,” and “The Drew Carey Show.” He is also starring on the reality show, “Real Money” on AXS TV.

Opening for Eddie Money will be the legendary East Coast rock and roll group John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band. From Rhode Island, they began their career in 1972 and achieved mainstream success in the 1980s with hits like “Wild Summer Nights’’ and “Tender Years.”

They also did a number of movie soundtracks including ‘Eddie & The Cruisers - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’ and ‘On the Dark Side.’’

Their hit song “Hearts on Fire’’ was featured on “Rocky IV.”

The Milford Oyster Festival will be held, rain or shine, on Saturday, Aug. 18, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In addition to the Main Stage entertainment, the event also will include a craft beer area at Lisman Landing, the Festival Car Show, Children’s Stage at Fowler Field, 200 arts and crafts vendors on the green, amusement rides, schooner cruises, canoe and kayak races, and 35,000 oysters from the East Coast Shellfish Growers Association.

Oyster Eve, the festival kick-off event, will be held on Friday, Augu. 17, from 6: to 10 p.m. at Lisman Landing.

Headlining the Lisman Landing Harbor Stage on Oyster Eve will be Frontiers, The Ultimate Journey Tribute Band. Frontiers will also be playing on the Harbor Stage on Saturday during the festival.

Craft beers, wine and oysters as well as other food will be available on Oyster Eve.

For more information visit milfordoysterfestival.com.