Friday, July 20, 2007

Artpark Reschedules Hootie & the Blowfish for FREE Show August 26!

Final Week of’07 Season Adds Two-Time Grammy Winners, School Supply Drive!

(Lewiston, NY) The final week of Artpark’s 2007 Summer Season just got a lot more interesting. Hootie & the Blowfish, the two-time Grammy-winning superstars who were obligated to postpone a July 3 appearance at Artpark – and 25 others – due to a staph infection in lead singer Darius Rucker’s left knee, have rescheduled the free performance at the Lewiston venue for Sunday, August 26, beginning at 6:30pm. In addition, Artpark and the Lewiston-Porter Central School District, are once again planning to collect school supplies on-site starting at 3pm, and subsequently distributing them to Niagara County schools in need. The effort is part of the Hootie & the Blowfish “Homegrown Tour,” an initiative established by the band in 2003 to accumulate supplies for economically-disadvantaged schools.

Because it was originally scheduled as part of the “First Niagara Tuesday in the Park” concert series, all corresponding VIP sponsor tags for that program will be honored.

Sponsored by The Reid Group, the August 26 event with Hootie & the Blowfish precedes the final performance of Artpark’s 2007 Season – a “First Niagara Tuesday in the Park” free concert with America on August 28.

The infectious melodies of Darius Rucker, Mark Bryan, Dean Felber and Jim “Soni” Sonefeld became worldwide sensations following the 1994 release of the band’s debut album, Cracked Rear View. With hits like “Only Wanna Be With You,” “Hold My Hand” and “Let Her Cry,” the record went on to sell over 16 million copies – the 12th best selling album in music business history – and helped the group capture Grammy Awards for “Best New Artist” and “Song of the Year” (for “Let Her Cry”). They also took home an MTV Video Music Award for “Best New Artist,” a Billboard Music Award for “Album of the Year,” a People's Choice Award for “Album of the Year” and a People's Choice Award for “Best Selling Artist,” a feat they duplicated in 1996.

The band remains a top draw nationwide and has since released five more albums for Atlantic: Fairweather Johnson, Musical Chairs, Scattered, Smothered & Covered, Hootie & the Blowfish and The Best of Hootie & the Blowfish as well as solo albums by Rucker and Bryan. The band left Atlantic by mutual agreement in 2004 and released 2005’s Looking For Lucky on their own Sneaky Long Records. LIVE in Charleston, the Homegrown Concert Event DVD/CD was released in August of 2006.

Opening the show is up-and-coming singer/songwriter Patrick Davis.

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, DiMino’s Lewiston Tops and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. 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 while on-site parking is $6.For more information, access the Artpark website at or call the Artpark Box Office at (716) 754-4375.

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