ARTPark Offers August Concerts Aplenty for End of Summer Music-lovers

J.M. Lesinski

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A shot of the front entrance of ARTPark in Lewiston, New York.Photo by J.M. Lesinski

The end of August means one of the most active concert seasons of the year. At ARTPark in Lewiston, New York, this time of year is often one of their busiest, and the upcoming shows are certainly ones to behold for fans of the many artists coming to the beloved local venue.

The Outdoor Film Series at ARTPark, presented by T-Mobile, will be showing “The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration” on Wednesday, August 18 at eight in the evening. Tickets to the event are ten dollars per person, which includes five dollars in concessions coupons and general seating on a first come, first serve basis. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs or a blanket to sit on.

Of the film, “The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration,” ARTPark’s website had this to say, “When it was announced in May of 2016 that lead singer Gord Downie had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, the band decided that they would do one final run of 15 dates across Canada. A National Celebration was the final show of the Tragically Hip’s Man Machine Poem Tour recorded on August 20, 2016 at the K-Rock Centre in their home town of Kingston, Ontario. A National Celebration contains all 30 songs from the night’s set-list, the recording captures an unparalleled, nation-linking occasion. Originally aired live by CBC across all platforms, the concert was experienced by an estimated one-third of Canadians, among the biggest events in the country’s broadcast history.”

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A shot of the hill around the main stage at ARTPark in Lewiston, New York.Photo by J.M. Lesinski

Coming up on Friday, August 20 at six-thirty in the evening is Joe Russo’s Almost Dead as part of the Coors Light Concerts at ARTPark series. This show was originally scheduled for June 19, 2020, so existing tickets will be honored, while tickets will also be available for thirty-nine dollars and fifty cents in advance or for forty-five dollars at the gate. Joe Russo’s Almost Dead is also enforcing a strict 2021 COVID Protocol for their concerts, including this ARTPark performance, as the following announcement made via their Facebook entails:

“Our current protocol for all staff, artists and our audience requires proof of having been fully vaccinated at least 2 weeks ahead of the event, OR a negative PCR test within 48 hours of the event. This includes all patrons aged 12 and over. The use of masks is highly encouraged. These protocols were crafted using the latest health recommendations from government and industry experts, with cities and venues in mind. If health updates for the location of our shows require a revision to our protocols, we ask that you be patient and understanding, as your health and welfare are our primary goal. Please note, this policy will commence on August 19, 2021, starting with our show in Cleveland, OH. Proof of vaccination: Guests will need to have received their second dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine or single dose of the Johnson & Johnson's Janssen COVID-19 vaccine no later than August 6, 2021, or proof of negative PCR COVID-19 test: Test must be taken on or after 6pm on August 18, 2021. Please be prepared to show proof of your negative test or vaccination record with matching photo ID.”

The next day on August 22 at approximately six in the evening will be Dropkick Murphys and Rancid on their Boston to Berkeley II tour as part of the Coors Light Concerts at ARTPark series. Also performing will be special guest, THE BRONX. Tickets are forty-seven dollars in advance or fifty-two at the gates and this event is standing room only.

Coming up on Tuesday, August 24 with gates at five in the evening and the show starting at seven in the evening is Melissa Etheridge with special guest Diana DeMuth as part of the Miller Lite Concerts in the Park series. Multiple ticket tiers are available, including both seated and standing room only ticket options.

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A shot of the main stage area at ARTPark in Lewiston, New York.Photo by J.M. Lesinski

On Thursday, August 26 with gates at five in the evening and the show starting at six in the evening is Wilco and Sleater-Kinney with Nnamdi as part of the Coors Light Concerts at ARTPark series. Front of stage tickets are available for sixty-five dollars in advance or seventy dollars at the gate, while general admission tickets are fifty-five in advance or sixty at the gate.

Coming up on Friday, August 27 with gates at five in the evening and the show starting at seven in the evening is King Crimson with the Zappa Band as part of the Miller Lite Concerts in the Park series. After being previously rescheduled, existing tickets will be honored at this event, and tickets at multiple tiers are still available as well.

On Sunday, August 29 at seven in the evening will be Blues Traveler as part of the Miller Lite Concerts in the Park series. Tickets are still available and of Blues Traveler, ARTPark’s website noted, “More than thirty years ago, the four original members of Blues Traveler—John Popper, Chandler Kinchla, Brendan Hill, and the late Bobby Sheehan—gathered in their drummer’s parent’s basement in Princeton, New Jersey to jam. From these high school sessions emerged a band that would go on to release thirteen studio albums and counting, four of which have gone gold, three platinum, and one six-times platinum- selling more than ten million combined units worldwide. Over an illustrious career Blues Traveler has played over 2,000 live shows in front of more than thirty million people, and, in “Run-Around,” had the longest-charting radio single in Billboard history, which earned them a Grammy for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. Their movie credits include “Blues Brothers 2000,” “Kingpin,” “Wildflowers” and others. A television favorite, they have been featured on Saturday Night Live, Austin City Limits, VH1's Behind the Music and they have the record for the most appearances of any artist on The Late Show with David Letterman.”

Closing out the August concerts at ARTPark this year is Glass Animals with special guest on Monday, August 30 at seven in the evening. Celebrating their Dreamland Tour, Glass Animals is known for an eclectic mix of pop, electronic, and indie. Currently, Glass Animals tickets are sold out, though ARTPark’s website says VIP packages are still available.

This is original content from NewsBreak’s Creator Program.

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