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Lou Gramm to headline concert at Lockport’s Spring Lake Winery

LOCKPORT – Lou Gramm, a familiar voice to local classic rock fans, will headline a daylong rock show at a Lockport winery June 18.

The town Planning Board approved a special-use permit for the concert Tuesday.

There was no opposition voiced, as no one attended the public hearing other than people associated with Spring Lake Winery on Rochester Road.

John J. Ottaviano, attorney for the winery, said he had prepared an off-site parking agreement with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County for use of the County Fairgrounds.

However, Cooperative Extension hasn’t agreed to it yet, so it’s possible some other arrangements might have to be made for the shuttle buses to the winery, where there isn’t enough space for parking for the concert crowd, which will be limited to 1,500.

Promoter Tom Tarry of Syracuse said 14 security personnel will be hired, four of whom will be assigned to keep people out of the lake on the property.

Those who are old enough to buy alcohol will receive a wristband that will have to be cut off, so Tarry said it will be hard to transfer.

There will be 100 VIP seats right in front of the stage, which will be set up in a field north of the lake.

Gramm’s concert will cap a day of music that will start at 1 p.m. and last until about 9. Local bands will play during the day until Gramm takes the stage.

Local bands interested in appearing on the daylong bill are asked to contact Tarry at

Tarry said tickets will go on sale in early March, and prices have not yet been finalized.

Tamre Varallo, co-owner of the winery, said she’s hoping the concerts become an annual event. “We’d love it to be,” she said.

Lockport hasn’t had an outdoor summer concert since the City of Lockport series ended in 2013. In June 2008, Gramm, longtime lead singer of Foreigner, was the headliner at the first concert of the city’s now-defunct Friday night series.

Gramm also performed at Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls in 2012 and last summer at North Tonawanda’s “Rockin’ on the River” series.

Gramm, a Rochester native, will turn 66 on May 2. Tarry said, “He wrote most of Foreigner’s songs, so he is able to sing them.”