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Timeless tunes

The mellow, acoustic soft rock of America is perfect for summer.

The band -- a sensation since 1972 -- will perform at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday as part of Artpark's free Tuesday in the Park concert series.

The band's light harmonies and folksy sound came into being when Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell and Dan Peek met in the late 1960s. Their self-titled debut album was No. 1 on the charts, winning them the title of Best New Artist at the 1973 Grammy Awards over such acts as the Eagles and Loggins and Messina. With such timeless songs as "Ventura Highway," "Daisy Jane," "Tin Man" and "Horse With No Name," the group is still widely recognized and performs more than 100 shows a year. Currently on a tour celebrating its 40th anniversary, America will make its fifth consecutive appearance in the Tuesday in the Park concert series.

Get there early for the Niagara Falls Air Base special opening ceremony including a flyover at 6:15 p.m. Grand Island native Stacy Clark will open the concert.

-- Allison Eck

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