Peter Frampton, Sheryl Crow, the Charlie Daniels Band and the Steve Miller Band are among the acts coming to Lewiston this summer for Artpark's popular Tuesday in the Park concerts.
And while the concerts will no longer be free -- they'll cost either $5 or $10 per ticket -- officials believe the big-name acts will make the tickets worth buying.
Artpark President George Osborne called the lineup, announced Tuesday at the Barton Hill Hotel, "very strong."
"I think this is the best that we've ever had," he said.
The concerts have drawn as many as 30,000 people to the edge of the Niagara Gorge in recent years. But with the popularity came safety issues and complaints from residents, who said the concerts clogged roads and "took over" the normally tranquil village.
Now that tickets are required, officials believe they can limit each show to about 10,000 people. A new fencing system -- part of $4 million in upgrades that include a new amphitheater -- will help with crowd control.
Osborne added that Artpark expects to lose some money with tickets and smaller crowds because fewer people means less concession money. But he said the venue was able to attract some big-name acts by increasing its ticket budget by 30 percent.
"Every year it gets harder, because we want better bands, they want more money, and the competition gets fiercer," he said.
The Tuesday concert lineup includes:
June 19: Kansas.
June 26: Foreigner.
July 3: Huey Lewis and The News.
July 10: Sublime with Rome.
July 17: YES with Procol Harum.
July 24: Heart.
July 31: Steve Miller Band.
Aug. 7: Peter Frampton.
Aug. 14: Sheryl Crow.
Aug. 21: Roger Hodgson, the voice of Supertramp.
Aug. 28: The Machine performs Pink Floyd.
Sept. 4: The Charlie Daniels Band.
Tickets for the shows will be $5 in advance and $10 the week of the show (Sunday to Tuesday). Tickets for Sublime, Heart, Steve Miller Band and Sheryl Crow will be $10 in advance and $15 the week of the show. Tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. Tickets at the front of the stage will also be available for $25.
Artpark's Wednesday shows will remain free. Those shows include:
June 20: Ziggy Marley.
June 27: Tokyo Police Club.
July 11: Lowest of the Low.
July 18: The Trews with illScarlett.
July 25: Citizen Cope.
Aug. 1: OAR with Rebelution.
All concerts begin at 6:30 p.m.
Artpark improvements -- which include new walkways, a staircase from the upper parking lot to the concert area, an enlarged front-row bowl area and new concessions and restrooms -- will be completed in time for the first concert, regional state parks director Mark W. Thomas said.
"It's a new direction," he told reporters at the announcement. "This new model -- where we can respect the village and people who need to get home at a reasonable time -- is a critical change in how we do Artpark."
"Going to this new format is kind of a brave new world for us," said Artpark & Company Chairman Christopher H. Brown. "I think [fans are] going to be very, very pleased. What we try to do is not be predictable. I think we presented a nice mix."