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'Niagara River Rocks' concert series to feature Primus, Tom Cochrane, Kim Mitchell, The Fray and Dennis DeYoung

by jmaloni

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Thu, May 22nd 2014 06:10 pm

North Tonawanda Mayor Robert G. Ortt has announced the lineup for the four-concert series "Cornerstone's Niagara River Rocks" at Gratwick Riverside Park. The featured bands scheduled for the 2014 concert series include Primus, Tom Cochrane with Kim Mitchell, The Fray and Dennis DeYoung. Shows take place Sundays, June 22, July 20, July 27 and Aug. 24 at what is regarded as one of the most beautiful venues along the Niagara River.

The Tom Cochrane and Dennis DeYoung concerts will be free for everyone attending, while Primus and The Fray will have advanced ticket sales available through www.Ticketfly.com up to one week prior to the show. Ticket prices range between $7-10 advanced; prices will go up one week prior to the show.

There will be a $5 charge for parking at the park for all concerts. Food and beverage will be sold at the venue; no food, backpacks or coolers will be permitted at the park for this event.

"I am happy to announce that 'Niagara River Rocks' is returning to Gratwick Riverside Park and adding an additional show," Ortt said. "Last year, nearly 20,000 people attended the three concerts here in North Tonawanda. Since returning to North Tonawanda, these shows have been a great success and we anticipate this year to be no different."

Primus is an American rock band based in San Francisco that originally formed in 1984. The band released a total of eight albums since its initial album was released in 1989. In 2013, Primus' acclaimed "Sailing The Seas Of Cheese" was nominated for a Grammy as best surround sound album.

Cochrane is a Canadian musician best known for his hit songs "Life Is a Highway," "Lunatic Fringe," "Human Race" and "I Wish You Well." He fronted the Canadian rock band Red Rider and has seven Juno Awards. Cochrane is a member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, an Officer of the Order of Canada, and, in 2009, he was inducted onto the Canadian Walk of Fame.

The Fray is an American rock band from Denver. Formed in 2002, they achieved success with the release of their debut album, "How to Save a Life," in 2005. The disc was certified Double-Platinum by the RIAA and Platinum in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. The Fray achieved national success with the single, "Over My head (Cable Car)," which became a top 10 hit in the U.S.

DeYoung is an American singer, songwriter, musician and producer best known for being a founding member of the rock band Styx (as lead vocalist and keyboardist). His tenure there lasted from 1961-99. DeYoung has been credited as the writer of more Styx songs than any other Styx member.

Kathy Paradowski of Special Vending Inc. is the promoter for this concert series. Sponsors include Labatt's, WKBW, Transitowne, Mainstreethost and Coca-Cola. Additional information such as start times, names of opening bands, VIP passes, etc., can be found online at www.niagarariverrocks.com.

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