Mayor Arthur G. Pappas has announced the lineup for the free, four-concert series "North Tonawanda's Rockin' On The River" at Gratwick Riverside Park. Shows will be held Fridays, July 10, 17, 31 and Aug. 7. The featured acts include USS, SOJA, Lou Gramm, and Warren Haynes with Railroad Earth.
"I am happy to announce that the concerts will continue at Gratwick Riverside Park for the fourth year in a row with the new name 'North Tonawanda's Rockin' On The River," Pappas said. "Last year, nearly 35,000 people attended the four concerts here in North Tonawanda, and having the shows move to Fridays this year will continue to make this concert series a great success."
•USS (Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker) is a Canadian alternative dance musical duo that began working out of Parkdale, a neighborhood situated in the west end of Toronto. The band is composed of vocalist, guitarist, and erhu player Ashley Buchholz (aka Ash Boo-Schultz) and turntablist/hype man Jason "Human Kebab" Parsons. The USS sound is a mixture of drum and bass beats, grunge-like riffs, and two-step rhythms.
•SOJA, formerly known as Soldiers of Jah Army, is an American Grammy-nominated reggae band based in Arlington, Virginia. Formed in 1997, their music is currently produced under ATO Records. The eight-member band has released a number of singles, albums and DVDs, including "SOJA - Live in Hawaii." Their third full-length album, "Born in Babylon," peaked at No. 11 on the Heatseekers chart, while their 2012 album, "Strength to Survive," topped the Billboard Reggae Album Chart.
•Lou Gramm is an American rock vocalist and songwriter best known for being the original lead singer of Foreigner and co-writer of many of the band's hit songs. He also had a successful solo career. Gramm was the vocalist for many top 40 hits, including "Cold as Ice," "Waiting for a Girl Like You," "I Want to Know What Love Is," "I Don't Want to Live Without You," and his solo hit "Midnight Blue." In 2009, the Lou Gramm Band released a self-titled Christian rock album.
•Warren Haynes is an American rock and blues guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. He is best known for his work as longtime guitarist with The Allman Brothers Band and as founding member of the jam band Gov't Mule. Early in his career, he was a guitarist for David Allan Coe and The Dickey Betts Band. Haynes also is known for his associations with the surviving members of The Grateful Dead. He toured with Phil Lesh and Friends and The Dead. In addition, Haynes founded and manages Evil Teen Records.
•Railroad Earth is a roots and Americana-based newgrass band from Stillwater, New Jersey. Railroad Earth's music combines elements of bluegrass, rock 'n' roll, jazz, Celtic and more. The group is known for its extensive live improvisation and lyrical songwriting within an acoustic base. In 2014, Railroad Earth released their seventh album, "Last of the Outlaws," to rave reviews from media and fans. The members of Railroad Earth have released numerous solo albums.
Parking at Gratwick Riverside Park will open up at 2 p.m. on the day of each concert. There is a $5 fee. Additional information such as start times, names of opening bands, VIP passes, etc., can be found at http://www.ntrockinontheriver.com.
Food and beverage will be sold at the venue; no food, backpacks or coolers will be permitted at the park for this event. Kathy Paradowski of Canal Concerts Inc. is the promoter for this concert.