Summer is around the corner, and in Western New York, that means free concert season. Artpark, located at 450 South 4th St. in Lewiston, is known not only for the performances and concerts in its amphitheater, but more recently for its super summer schedule of free concerts on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from June to August. These shows showcase some of the best classic rock and Canadian music acts on tour, with a little bit of country and blues thrown in.
The Tuesday In The Park concert series gets underway on June 15th; all shows start at 6:30 p.m., with opening acts to be announced closer to the dates of the shows.
*June 15th – War
*June 22nd – Jimmie Vaughan and the Tilt-A-Whirl Band
*June 29th – America
*July 6th – The Guess Who
*July 13th – Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi Band
*July 20th – Creedence Clearwater Revisited
*July 27th – George Thorogood and the Destroyers
*August 3rd – Little Feat
*August 10th – Doobie Brothers
*August 17th – Foreigner
*August 24th – Sara Evans
*August 31st – The Machine: the Music of Pink Floyd
The Wednesday At The Gorge series gets underway on July 14th; again, concerts start at 6:30 p.m., and opening acts will be announced at later dates.
*July 14th – Katherine McPhee
*July 21st – Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue
*July 28th – John Brown’s Body
*August 4th – The Sadies
*August 11th – Willie Nile Band
*August 18th – Sloan
*August 25th – The Trews
Admission to outdoor shows is free; patrons are not allowed to bring food or beverages in, but concessions are available for purchase. Parking on the Artpark grounds is $10.
Artpark will also be hosting concerts and performances at its amphitheater this summer, including the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Summer fest. The three-concert series takes place Saturday, July 24th (8 p.m.), Saturday, July 31st (8 p.m.) and Sunday, August 1st (3 p.m.). Artpark’s Big Band Series features the Glenn Miller Orchestra on Monday, June 21st (2 and 8 p.m.) and the BPO’s Big Band Show on Monday, July 26th (2 and 8 p.m.).
Other recently announced concerts at Artpark’s amphitheater include Canadian favorites Great Big Sea on Saturday, July 17th at 8 p.m. and Celtic Woman on Friday, July 23rd at 8 p.m. Tickets for amphitheater shows can be purchased through the Artpark Box Office (716-74-4375), online at www.artpark.net, through tickets.com outlets, or by calling 1-800-223-6000 (tickets.com).