Family-fun concerts to add value for park guests
This summer, Darien Lake will host three special in-park concerts presented by Tops Markets that are free with a season pass, a hotel or camping package or daily admission. The free concerts will take place in the Ride of Steel Plaza and include performances by Disney Channel's Debby Ryan & The Never Ending; social media hip-hop star Jake Miller; and Canadian singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes.
"With roots in the Disney Channel, Kissmass Bash and beyond, these stars resonate with many families across Western New York," Darien Lake General Manager Chris Thorpe said. "Along with two new rides, these concerts are part of our plan to provide extraordinary value to our season pass holders and accommodations guests while enriching the entire Darien Lake experience."
With park admission or a season pass, guests receive access to all in-park entertainment/concerts, "Dive-In Movies," special events, shows and now more than 50 rides. A 2015 season pass has even greater value than ever before, paying for itself in less than two visits.
In-Park Concert Dates and Times
•Debby Ryan & The Never Ending: 6 p.m. May 23 - As one of the most watched young stars in the business today, Debby Ryan is known for her comedic timing, flexibility to give dramatic performances, and the ability to illuminate television and film screens. She starred on the Disney Channel series "The Suite Life on Deck," as Bailey Pickett from 2008-2011 and now can be seen on the hit Disney Channel original series "Jessie."
Debby broke onto the music scene in 2013 with her band, The Never Ending. The band includes Johnny Franco and guitarist Kyle Moore. They released a five-track EP, "One," on June 24.
•Jake Miller: 6 p.m. June 13 - Ever since Jake Miller began posting his original songs on YouTube a few years ago, the 21-year-old Miami-born pop artist has been building a virtual army of fans. His 1.3 million social media community followers call themselves the "Millertary" and come to his concerts wearing camouflage and greasepaint under their eyes. They are devoted to Miller's musical blend of pop and hip-hop, combined with the positive messages in his songs.
Miller has independently released three EP's: 2012's "Spotlight" and 2013's "The Road Less Traveled" (which debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes hip-hop chart) and 2014's "Lion Heart" (which sold 8,000 in the first week and 14,000 to date). His full-length album, 2013's "Us Against Them," sold more than 33,000 copies and peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Rap chart.
•Shawn Mendes: 6 p.m. June 27 - Hailed by Billboard as "Music's First Vine Star" and Time Magazine as one of the "Most Influential Teens of 2014", singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes has emerged from teen viral sensation to major best-selling status almost overnight. Soon after artist manager Andrew Gertler discovered and introduced Mendes to now-label Island Records in early 2014, Shawn's debut single "Life Of The Party" broke records, topping the iTunes charts and selling more than 150,000 copies in its first week due to his legions of fans.
The success of the song made Shawn the youngest ever artist to break into the Billboard Hot 100's Top 25 with a debut single. Then, just a month later, Mendes released his self-titled debut EP, which also hit the top spot on iTunes and entered at No. 5 on the Billboard album charts. Now fresh off of his sold-out first headline tour, and soon to be embarking on Taylor Swift's 1989 World Tour as well as releasing his debut album in 2015, Shawn has quickly become one of music's most promising young stars.
For more information or to order season passes, visit www.DarienLake.com.