Tonawanda News


September 26, 2013

Former NT concert series nixed in Lockport


Tonawanda News — This year’s series, moved from the Ulrich City Centre to a municipal parking lot on Chestnut Street, was plagued from the start as the first show was canceled in light of the citywide flooding that occurred in June. Another show was cut short because of rain, although a last-minute show was booked to help salvage the season.

While Lockport’s series has struggled, Paradowski has marked a return of sorts to the Lumber City, staging a handful of concerts featuring national acts on Sunday afternoons at Gratwick Riverside Park the last two summers. City officials have said they’re open to expanding the number of shows though no official offers have been made.

It’s unclear what, if any, impact the Lockport cancelation could have on Paradowski’s plans for next summer in NT.

Tucker said the city is looking into providing an alternative. A series of free concert shows that would not cost the city anything. The mayor said he was in talks with an individual “who feels he can put on a concert series at no cost to the city.”

“That could happen,” Tucker said. “He knows what he’s doing.”

Tucker declined to give details, but said he felt the series could have the same caliber as the Canal Concert Series.

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