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Artpark: 2017 June schedule

© by Photo by Chad Cooper

By Thom Jennings

Last week ZZ Top headlined the opening concert of Artpark’s Tuesdays in the Park series, and in spite of the rain fans flocked to the venue to witness the Rock Hall inductees third performance at Artpark in the last six years. There are plenty of shows still on the schedule, and here is a handy guide for the rest of the shows in the month of June.

Tears for Fears

Genre: New wave

Best Known Songs: “Sowing the Seeds of Love,” “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” “Head over Heels,” and “Mad World”

Most Popular Song: “Shout” reached number one on the Billboard Top 40 in 1985.

What to expect: The band is on tour with Hall & Oates so the Artpark date is one of a select few that they will headline this summer. Even though Tears for Fears is a polished studio band they are an excellent live act. This will be their first time at Artpark so it will be a nice change of pace for frequent attendees. The group’s August 13, 2010 show at the now defunct Canal Concert Series in Lockport is still being talked about.

54 40 Photo 2017
Randy Bachman

Canadian Hall of Fame: Randy Bachman and 54•40

Date: Tuesday June 20

Genre: Classic rock

Best Known Songs: “American Woman,” “These Eyes,” “Undun,” and “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet.”

Most Popular Song: “Takin’ Care of Business” peaked at #12 on the Billboard charts in 1974

What to expect: A great double bill of Canadian rockers, somewhat of a tradition at Artpark because of the venues close proximity to the border. Bachman will feature the best songs from his stints with The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive, so if you are a fan of classic rock you will likely know every single song. 54-40 is not as well known in the U.S but they have performed some great shows in the region.

Brian Setzer, Minneapolis, February 22, 2011. © Tony Nelson

Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot! with special guest Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Date: Tuesday June 27

Genre: Rockabilly

Best Known Songs: “Stray Cat Strut,” “(She’s) Sexy + 17” and “Jump Jive An Wail.”

Most Popular Song; “Rock This Town” peaked at #9 on the Billboard charts in 1982

What to expect: The term “riot” is the best way to describe what will be a fun evening of music and dancing. Setzer is one of the best guitarists around and in the winter months his Christmas show has been very popular in Buffalo. After leaving the three-piece minimalist outfit from the new wave era, The Stray Cats, Setzer formed a big band and has exposed a new generation to a form of music that could have faded into obscurity. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is the perfect choice to tee up Setzer and company.

Other Events:


A Kickstarter campaign that attracted the support of 145 community members has enabled Artpark to re-install the painted parking lot artwork titled “Niagara 1979” by Gene Davis. Patrons can experience the work in its original location, Parking Lot C which is adjacent to the Mainstage Theater at the base of the red brick road. The artwork is made up of sixty, two-foot wide by 364-foot long lines in nine different colors.  Covering over 43,000 square feet, the original work was considered the world’s largest painting in 1979.

 SUMMER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION: June 17 noon to midnight

Heralding the arrival of summer, this day-long event (Noon-Midnight) begins with the 7th annual Fairy House Festival featuring artist and community-made fairy houses (attendees may bring or build their own for a chance to win a prize of $300), a creative collection of art activities, potion-making and more.   The festival continues with live performances by Slyboots Circus, Buffalo Aerial Dance, spoken word artists, dancers and actors. In the early evening Buffalo’s internationally touring professional dance company, Lehrer Dance, gives a 90-minute performance in the Mainstage in a program featuring favorites from their repertoire.   The evening concludes with an after-party including a fire performance by Pyromancy, Slyboots Circus and a lantern-led moon dance.   The Summer Solstice Celebration is directed by Jon Lehrer and Kate LoConti, two of Western New York’s most respected and innovative artists. Tickets are $10-$20.


Artist Philip Burke returns to create live paintings during selected Tuesdays in the Park concerts.

Gallery exhibits will also feature the work of Suzie Molnar Goad from June 1-27.

For a complete list of events, ticket pricing (when applicable), purchase information and more, visit

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