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Primus & Fishbone, The Fray first shows announced for 2014 Niagara River Rocks concert series


(Primus, with guests Fishbone, will kick off this year's Niagara River Rocks concert series in June.) 

The Niagara River Rocks Concert Series, held at Gratwick Park, River Rd., in North Tonawanda, has announced the first two of what organizers hope will be as many as 6 shows scheduled throughout the summer of 2014.

Primus, with guests Fishbone, will kicks off the series at Gratwick Park on Sunday, June 22nd.

The Fray, with guests Barcelona and Oh Honey, will arrive at the same venue on Sunday, July 27th. Both shows are all ages, and start at 4 p.m. (Gates will open at 2 p.m. on the day of the show.) 

The Niagara River Rocks Series, booked by promoter David Taylor, had its maiden voyage last summer, with three shows - including a well-attended appearance by Primus - spread throughout the summer. As the Canal Concert Series in Lockport - which was also booked by Taylor - has been discontinued due to "city funding drying up," according to Taylor, a full commitment to the Gratwick Park site and the Niagara River Rocks Series has been made.

Last year's concerts were free, but this year, admission comes with a price tag. 

"We are going after bigger ticket bookings, and so we are charging a minimal ticket price, in order to both offset some of the costs and to keep the crowd numbers under control a bit," says Taylor. "We're capping attendance in the area of 12,000 people, so that it's confortable for everyone."

Admission for the Primus/Fishbone bill will be $7 advance, $25 week-of-show. Admission for the Fray will be $10 advance, $25 week-of-show. Tickets for both concerts go on sale Friday, April 18th, at 10:00 a.m. for on-line only sales, and saturday, April 19th at 10:30 a.m. through, the Niagara River Rocks box office, (4444 River Road, North Tonawanda) Allentown Music, Terrapin Station, and Record Theatre locations. Additional informnation on the concert series is available here

- Jeff Miers 

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