Batavia Downs Gaming & Hotel announced the following additions to the upcoming “Rockin’ the Downs” summer concert series:
Now kicking off the series on Friday, June 11, is Almost Queen. The “Ultimate Queen Tribute” show delivers a live performance, showcasing signature four-part harmonies and intricate musical interludes. Donning genuine costumes, Almost Queen recaptures the live energy and precision that is the Queen experience.
Closing the concert series now on Aug. 27 will be The Spin Doctors, who will be making their Batavia Downs debut. Forming in the late 1980s, this band went on to commercial success with chart-topping hits “Two Princes” and “Little Miss Can't Be Wrong” from their smash hit album “Pocket Full of Kryptonite.”
These concerts will be put on in conjunction with twenty6 Productions.
“We are excited to begin working with Batavia Downs,” Founder of Twenty6 Productions and CEO Josh Holtzman said. “We know people have been waiting for the return of live events and we’re looking forward to putting on great shows at Batavia Downs while adhering to all the safety measures instituted by New York state.”
As per guidance from New York State Department of Health, capacity for all concerts at this time will be 2,500 ticketholders. More tickets will be added if capacity increases.
All concertgoers must show proof of:
√ A negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of show time; or
√ A negative antigen COVID-19 test within six hours of show time; or
√ Proof of completed immunization (14 days since final vaccination prior to event date).
There will be a rapid antigen test site in the parking lot the day of the concerts in order to allow ticketholders to get a rapid test on event dates.
It his highly recommended concertgoers get a vaccine or test prior to concert date in order to avoid any wait times on the day of the show.
Concertgoers are responsible for scheduling and paying for any tests.
As per New York regulations, pairs of seats will be 6 feet apart and masks must be worn unless a person is seated and eating or drinking.
Beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday, April 29, tickets for all concerts already announced will be available at www.BataviaConcerts.com. Tickets will be available for purchase at Batavia Downs Gaming & Hotel at the “Lucky Treasures” Gift Shop located in the lobby only on concert days if any tickets remain unsold on concert date.
Due to limited capacity, concert attendees must be 21 years of age or older. A limit of four tickets purchased per person will be enforced.
If between now and the concert date the regulations change, then Batavia Downs will adopt any modifications. Ticketholders are encouraged to visit www.bataviadownsgaming.com or their social media pages to stay up to date on any new information.
As a public service to the residents of the Genesee Valley, Rapha Family Medicine of Buffalo will conduct a drive-thru COVID-19 rapid testing site in the venue’s main parking lot. Drive-thru testing will be available from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays beginning Monday, May 3.
The Rapha team uses a COVID-19 rapid antigen test that is described as quick and minimally invasive. Results are returned within minutes of taking the test.
“We are pleased to have the professionals from Rapha Family Medicine on site,” said Henry Wojtaszek, president and CEO of Batavia Downs. “Those residing here in the Genesee Valley who are in need of a rapid test will have a convenient, efficient and professional option right in their backyard.”
All monies for the test will go to Rapha Family Medicine. Batavia Downs does not receive a portion of the testing fee nor a fee from Rapha for the right to set up in the parking lot.
For more information on testing, interested persons can call 716-462-4612 or visit raphafamilymedicine.com/testing.
“We are looking forward to seeing and serving the people of the Genesee Valley,” Rapha Family Medicine spokesperson Greg MacKinnon said. “We currently conduct three other rapid testing sites in Buffalo and Niagara Falls and have tested over 5,000 persons in the last few months. We’re grateful to Batavia Downs for providing a place in the community for people to get tested.”
Beginning at 10 a.m. on Batavia Downs’ concert days, Rapha Family Medicine will be onsite for any ticketholders who are not yet vaccinated to receive a test for entry to the concert. The price on concert Fridays for ticketholders will be $34.95.
Western Region Off-Track Betting Corp. is a public benefit corporation with headquarters in Batavia. WROTB owns and operates 11 branches, as well as Batavia Downs Gaming, a standard bred racetrack and gaming facility. Since its inception, Western Region OTB has generated over $232 million in operating and surcharge revenues to the taxpayers of those participating municipalities.