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March 13, 2013

Concert series to expand at Gratwick

Tonawanda News — North Tonawanda is seeking to recapture the loss of the Molson Canal Concert Series that moved to Lockport in a dispute with the city’s former mayor. 

And while members of the current city council and Mayor Rob Ortt achieved more than what was expected last year, during a one-shot show with Buckcherry and Fuel that drew more than 10,000 people to Gratwick Riverside Park, they’re now hoping that other big-name draws this summer will help seal the deal for the future of what is now called Cornerstone’s Niagara River Rocks. 

Kathy Paradowski, the promoter for the event, met with the council during a work session Tuesday, where she announced that this summer there would be three concerts held in June, July and August. 

And while she was hesitant to discuss what musical acts may come to the shores of North Tonawanda, as negotiations continue, rumors have swirled around the community that bass-driven Primus would headline the opening event on June 9 after indications from the website that the band would perform a free show. 

“We’re still in the process of figuring that out,” Paradowski said, while adding that she hopes to divulge a full lineup in April.

Meanwhile, the council will likely vote to approve the three concerts next week, each of which will be held on Sunday. In addition to the first show of the season, a July 14 concert will kickoff Canal Fest, while a third will be presented Aug. 25. 

Several council members lauded last year’s concert as a success that drew thousands to the largely quiet swath of green space along on the city’s waterfront that will now include the addition of the Lumberjacks Patio Bar and Grill to the long-vacant marina along River Road. 

Contact reporter Michael Regan at 693-1000, ext. 4115.

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