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North Tonawanda announces its free summer concerts series

NORTH TONAWANDA – For a fourth consecutive year, free concerts will rock the Niagara River in Gratwick Riverside Park, but this year it will be with a new name and a new day, Fridays instead of Sundays. The dates are July 10, 17, 31 and Aug. 7.

The lineup for the newly dubbed “North Tonawanda’s Rockin’ on the River” was announced by North Tonawanda Mayor Arthur G. Pappas Thursday at a press conference in the park.

“Last year, nearly 35,000 people attended the four concerts here in North Tonawanda, and having the shows move to Fridays this year will continue to make this concert series a great success,” Pappas said.

The River Road park will open at 2 p.m. and shows will start at 5. All of the concerts are free and parking is $5. VIP passes, which are for standing room only, are available for purchase at

Food and beverages will be on sale, and no one will be permitted to bring their own food, backpacks or coolers into the park.

Featured performers will be:

• July 10 – Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker, the Canadian alternative dance musical duo of Ashley Bucholz and Jason “Human Kebab” Parsons. The pair began on the west end of Toronto and offer a sound that is a mixture of drum and bass beats, grunge-like riffs and two-step rhythms.

• July 17 – SOJA, formerly known as Soldiers of Jah Army, an American Grammy-nominated reggae band based in Arlington, Va. The eight-member band was formed in 1997 and has released a number of albums. Its third album, “Born in Babylon,” peaked at No. 11 on the charts and its 2012 album, “Strength to Survive,” topped the Billboard reggae album chart.

• July 31 – Lou Gramm, an American rock vocalist is best known as the lead singer and co-writer of many songs for the rock band Foreigner. He was the vocalist for “Cold as Ice,” “Waiting for a Girl Like You,” “I Want to Know What Love Is” and “I Don’t Want to Live Without You,” and his solo hit, “Midnight Blue.” In 2009 the Lou Gramm Band released a self-titled Christian rock album.

• Aug 7 –Warren Haynes, an American rock and blues guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. Haynes is best known for his work as a longtime guitarist with The Allman Brothers Band and as the founding member of the jam band Gov’t Mule. Haynes also has been associated with surviving members of the Grateful Dead and has toured with Phil Lesh and Friends and The Dead. He also founded and manages Evil Teen Records.

Several other bands also will be featured each evening. A complete list of performers is on the website.

The concert promoter is Kathy Paradowski from Canal Concerts Inc.