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Lewiston Musical Festival to benefit firefighters

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Left of Center by Joshua Maloni

Sat, Jun 11th 2011 01:10 am

Village concert promoter Steve Goodman is coordinating the first Lewiston Musical Festival, an event that will feature local chefs and merchants providing their goods to a backdrop of music from some of Western New York's top bands. The event is set for Friday and Saturday, July 8-9, at Academy Park.

"It's all Lewiston," Goodman said. "All Lewiston restaurants. All Lewiston vendors. That's what makes this festival a little different.

"It's about the community in which we live, and the fire company."

The bulk of the profits from the two-day festival will benefit Lewiston Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1.

"They're putting on a new expansion," Goodman said.

Indeed, the fire company is proposing to add six new engine bays to its North Fourth Street headquarters, and to reconfigure the entrance to the firehall. The Planning Board is expecting to review said proposal at its 6:30 p.m. meeting on Monday.

The Lewiston Musical Festival features 10 bands, including Strictly Hip on Saturday night. The other acts (times to be determined) include Jamie Holka, High Horse, Clyde, Mikenecho, Brass Monkeez, Roadhouse Rebels and Olivia Goode. Goodman said the festival would include an LED lightshow and possibly some family-friendly events (though it could also be an 18-and-up show).

Participating eateries include the Lewiston Village Pub, Ashker's, Syro's, the Brickyard and Casa Antica. Piper's Village Inn and Katy Reese are confirmed vendors.

Modern Disposal, Sevenson Environmental, Metro Contracting, the Hibbard's businesses, A-1 Land Care and developer Jerry Williams are sponsoring the event.

Goodman offered a special thanks to Tony Petrocelli of Lewiston Music. The store, which recently moved to the corner of South Fourth and Center Streets, is providing all of the musical equipment for the festival.

"He's so ... good to me," Goodman said.

The promoter, who is now working with the Wilson Boat House and Sunset Bar & Grill, named the festival in honor of Lewiston Music.

Friday's concerts run from 6 until 11 p.m. The festival expands on Saturday, with events from 2 until 11 p.m. Tickets for all events will be available both days at the park.

To become a sponsor, or for more information, contact Goodman at 912-2237.

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