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May 23, 2008

NORTH TONAWANDA: Concert series lineup announced

With no love lost for the event’s former promoter, North Tonawanda Mayor Larry Soos said this season of the Saturday night concerts at Gateway Harbor Park will be better than ever.

The long-awaited lineup for the free concerts was unveiled at a news conference Friday morning at the park.

The music gets underway June 21 when Juno-award winning Canadian rock outfit Sloan performs. Highlighting the schedule are performances by Joan Jett & the Black Hearts, Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers and Loverboy. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., with shows starting at 6 p.m. Local acts will open for some of the concerts.

This summer’s series is officially named the Labatt Blue Lite Gateway Park Concert Series. It was formerly the Molson Canal Concert Series, but promoter Kathy Paradowski of Runwayz Productions decided in December to take that sponsorship farther up the canal to Lockport after a falling out with Soos. The Lockport lineup hasn’t been announced yet, but Paradowski told the Lockport Business Association in January that “It’s gonna be big.”

Soos said “things weren’t going quite well” between him and Paradowski, nor did she have a strong working relationship with Soos’ predecessor, David Burgio. Paradowski had issues with the number of restroom facilities, park cleanup and handicapped accessibility, Soos said. Toward the end of last year, Soos said Paradowski could “take (the series) to Wheatfield,” a comment that many felt set in motion the Molson series’ departure from North Tonawanda.

“I guess we had a little confrontation one day and she decided she was going to take the show to Lockport,” he said. “I wasn’t going to let a promoter hold the city hostage, so adios to her. I wish her the best of luck.”

For this summer’s series, Concerts Plus of WNY partnered with New York City-based entertainment company Metropolitan Talent Presents and Chris Ring, Metropolitan’s local representative.

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