Friday, June 23, 2006

Artpark Flips the Switch on Independence Day!

Artpark Flips the Switch on Independence Day! Annual “Tuesday in the Park” Headliner Rocks July 4th Festivities!
(Lewiston, NY) Switch, the only band selected to perform every year at the “First Niagara Tuesday in the Park at Artpark” concert series since 2001, provides the musical fireworks for Lewiston’s Independence Day celebration, beginning at 6:30pm.Formed in 1973 by lead vocalist and bass player John Connelly, Switch has been the headliner act for the “Tuesday in the Park” season finale each of the past three seasons. With July 4th falling on a Tuesday this year, Artpark officials decided to utilize the band’s wide-appealing range of music, which includes songs from the Beatles, Eagles, Chicago and others, as the central component of Lewiston’s Independence Day festivities. The Village will set off fireworks coinciding with the conclusion of the concert.Over their 33 year span, Switch has evolved into the area’s preeminent cover band while also intertwining original material into their performances. The group, which has been named "one of Western New York's top three show bands over the last twenty years," consists of Connelly (founding member), Steve Connelly (drummer/vocalist), Tom Lorentz (guitar/keyboard/harmonica) and Ken Kaufman (keyboard/piano) as well as a three piece horn section, featuring Michael DiGiacomo, Ray Skalski and Chris Hooten.There will be not be an opening act on July 4 as Switch will entertain concertgoers for the duration of the evening.Every Tuesday evening event also includes a plethora of hands-on art activities for children, which are sponsored by the New York Power Authority.The “First Niagara Tuesday in the Park at Artpark” concert series is also sponsored by Certo Brothers, Sevenson Environmental Services, Modern Corporation and DiMino Lewiston Tops.For more information on Artpark’s 2006 lineup, contact the Box Office at 716-754-4375 or visit

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