For most of the northern hemisphere, summer begins on the solstice; sometime on June 21. But for those of us who don’t carry a solar calendar or require a wrist watch, we use the best and secretly Western New York’s traditional way to know when spring changes to summer; we listen for it. We hear summer come in at
Artpark. This year our summer begins at 8pm on Tuesday, June 29 when AMERICA takes the stage.
AMERICA first took to the stage 40 years ago. They’ve been through the desert on a “Horse With No Name”—it’s biblical. And although they are no longer teenagers, many of their fans are. I found this out when I was speaking with a crop of this year’s college kids. AMERICA was one of their favorite bands. Nothing unusual there, but the difference was; they were fans of AMERICA’s new music from the album Here and Now. Terrific songs such as “Ride On” and “Indian Summer.”
They are fantastic tunes. I’ve added Here and Now to my collection of Ventura Highway and Tin Man.
Each year I wait for Maria Costello to send me a message letting me know what the Artpark line-up will contain. And unlike Thursdays in the Square where the program has completely tanked, Artpark’s “Tuesdays in the Park” and Wednesdays in the Gorge” are skyrocketing! It’s incredible. This year, following AMERICA, there will be performances by The Guess Who, George Thorogood, The Doobie Brothers and Foreigner, just to mention a few.
And on Wednesday, August 18, David Nolf opens for Sloan from Halifax. Last year at Artpark, David Nolf opened for AMERICA, for a combination that many called the Best Show of their lives!
And while no column would be long enough to list all of the great shows Maria Costello and company compiled for another great season; it’s only a short ride to Artpark in Lewiston to listen for yourself.