Concert promoter works with city officials to bring in big name acts
Owner of Crazy Jakes Greg Dole leaped at the opportunity to host a series of concerts at a nearby venue once, he too, learned of the disappointing news.
However, in a positive turn of events, Ortt didn’t stop there. He, with the assistance of Patty Brosius, director of Youth, Parks and Recreation; City Clerk-Treasurer Scott Kiedrowski; City Attorney Shawn Nickerson; and the support of Councilman Russ Rizzo, have teamed up with Kathy Paradowski of Specialty Vending, Inc., in the effort of promoting one great concert for this summer to be held at Gratwick-Riverside Park.
Paradowski, in collaboration with Tryit Distributing who is sponsoring the Labatt Concert Series, will produce a free concert from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 15 at the park.
The event, Cornerstone Niagara River Rocks, will feature a few local bands with their original music and headline the bands, Buckcherry and Fuel.
“We expect them to bring thousands of people to the park,” said Ortt. “The concert will be held on the first Sunday of Canal Fest, this is the 30th anniversary of Canal Fest and this is the first time this has been done in North Tonawanda.”
The event will be sponsored in part by Cornerstone Federal Credit Union (CFCU). The city will cover half the cost of the stage at a total of $4,000, while a group of sponsors will take care of the remaining funds to total $8,300
“It’s great to be a presenting sponsor, we’re happy to be here,” said Paul Fiedner, vice president of marketing at CFCU.
Ortt noted the city has been trying to “push the park” in the sense of making residents want to enjoy the beautiful venue again.
“We are hoping this will be an annual event,” said Ortt.
There will be a small fee for parking in order to offset the costs of the promoters. Security and police presence will be at the venue to ensure public safety, as well as Specialty Vending representatives who are trained in managing crowds.
“We are very happy to be bringing the show back to North Tonawanda,” said Paradowski. “This is a new venture and a new venue.”
In addition to the concert, Vic Baron, of Tryit Distributing mentioned concert goers will have the opportunity to register to win a 2012 Camaro, as part of the Labatt Concert Series Giveaway Contest.
They will be able to scan the code on the car with their smart phones, or submit their names in a ballot box for a drawing, which will take place at the end of the summer.