Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Artpark Lassos Blue Rodeo!

Canadian Favorites Headline June 12 “Tuesday in the Park!”

(Lewiston, NY) They may not have a name as readily recognizable as the Barenaked Ladies or receive as much regional radio airplay as the Tragically Hip, yet fellow Ontarians Blue Rodeo have carved out quite an impressive career that includes eight Juno Awards and several platinum-selling albums. The band, which like the Hip has a devoted following in the region, will headline Artpark’s “First Niagara Tuesday in the Park” free outdoor concert series on June 12. All of Artpark’s free concert events include hands-on art workshops for children and begin at 6:30pm.

Formed in Toronto in the early 1980s by frontmen Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor, Blue Rodeo’s debut album, Outskirts, was an instant smash hit in Canada , selling over 200,000 copies and featuring the hits singles “Try,” “Outskirts of Love” and “Day After Day.” The band’s 1989 follow-up, Diamond Mine , sold even better and garnered the first of several Juno Awards for the band. That same year, they appeared in the Meryl Streep film Postcards From the Edge.

The 1990s brought more success for Blue Rodeo as they made a conscientious effort to sell more records in the United States. From ’90-’94, the band released a trio of albums – Casino, Lost Together and Five Days in July – which introduced several fan favorites including “Til I Am Myself Again,” “Trust Yourself,” “After the Rain,” “5 Days in May,” “Bad Timing,” “Dark Angel” and “Lost Together.” In the years since, Blue Rodeo has gone on to release a number of acclaimed records, both collectively and individually.

Blue Rodeo’s current lineup includes original members Cuddy (lead vocals/guitar), Keelor (lead vocals/guitar/drums) and Bazil Donovan (bass), along with drummer Glenn Milchem (who joined the band in 1991) and steel guitarist Bob Egan (2000).

Artpark’s June 12 concert event with Blue Rodeo is sponsored by Leisure Living.

The “First Niagara Tuesday in the Park” concert series is also sponsored by Certo Brothers Distributing Company, Sevenson Environmental Services, Modern Corporations, Hard Rock Café – Niagara Falls (USA), S&S Lawn Services, Tim Horton’s, Pine Pharmacy and DiMino’s Lewiston Tops. Children’s art activities are sponsored by the New York Power Authority.

Artpark’s Outdoor Amphitheater can be accessed via the Upper Park’s Portage Road entrance off of Center Street or through South Fourth Street nearest the Mainstage Theater.

Carry-ins (food and beverages) are prohibited at all of Artpark’s free concert events but concertgoers are welcome to bring lawn chairs.

For more information, access the Artpark website at or call the Artpark Box Office at (716) 754-4375.

The Earl W. Brydges Artpark is being operated by Artpark & Company, Inc. for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation under a license agreement.

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