Friday, June 08, 2007

“Reminiscing” with Little River Band at Artpark!

Australian Rockers Headline June 19 “Tuesday in the Park!”

Little River Band, one of the first Australian bands to achieve substantial success in the United States, are the featured attraction of Artpark’s “First Niagara Tuesday in the Park” free outdoor concert series on June 19. Route 66 will serve as the event’s opening act, which also includes a vast array of free hands-on art workshops for children, and begins at 6:30pm.

Formed in 1975 in Melbourne, Australia, Little River Band amassed international recognition following the release of their third album, 1976’s Diamantina Cocktail, which included the songs "Help Is On Its Way" and "Happy Anniversary." Yet it was the group’s 1978 LP, Sleeper Catcher, which featured a pair of chart-topping singles – “Reminiscing” and “Lady” – that garnered them worldwide superstardom. "Reminiscing" was the band's highest-ever chart achiever, reaching number three on Billboard’s Top-100 whereas "Lady" was the band's highest-ever selling single.

Little River Band’s popularity continued to skyrocket following other catchy tunes such as “Lonesome Loser,” “Cool Change” and George Martin-produced tracks like “The Nightowls,” “Take It Easy On Me” and “Man On Your Mind.” By 1982 they became the only act – from anywhere – to have a Top-10 U.S. single for six consecutive years.

In total, Little River Band has sold more than 25 million records worldwide and has accumulated gold, platinum, and multi-platinum album sales awards. The current quintet consists of guitarist Rich Herring, bass player Wayne Nelson, guitarist/vocalist Greg Hind, drummer Billy Thomas and keyboardist Chris Marion.

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 venue’s Mainstage Theater.

Carry-ins (food and beverages) are prohibited at all of Artpark’s free concert events.

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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