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September 3, 2013

Artpark's 2013 Tuesday in the Park series: An awarding experience

Niagara Gazette — One dozen shows, 14 headliners, and well over 24 hours of music, which is how I spent my Tuesdays this summer, starting on June 4 with Billy Idol and ending on Aug. 27 with ZZ Top.

In honor of a great season, I would like to happily present the first annual Tuesday in the Park Awards. The winners do not receive a cool statue, nor will any former child stars dance provocatively at an awards ceremony, it’s all for fun.

And the awards go to: 

BEST RETURN PERFORMANCE: There were plenty of return acts to choose from, 38 Special, Blue Oyster Cult, The Machine, ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd. I struggled with this one a bit because The Machine really played well but 38 Special deserves the honor of best return performance. In spite of the absence of a key member of the band, 38 Special’s show was simply fantastic, and they threw in some pretty cool cover tunes that they had not played when they were at Artpark a couple of years ago.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAMER: There were four inductees that played at the series, but the one that put on the best performance was Gladys Knight without a doubt. Ms. Knight was enthusiastic and really connected with the audience. I dare say that there was nobody that could follow her performance and The O’Jay’s tried, but Gladys clearly overshadowed them.

MOST ENTHUSIASTIC CROWD: There were a lot of great crowds, including the one for Gladys Knight. Two of them really stood out in my mind, they were at REO Speedwagon and Chicago. They were a different mix of people but they were both really enthusiastic, especially when the bands played their big hits. It’s close, but I have to give this one to REO Speedwagon. The crowd actually pulled off the rare act of getting the band to play an unscheduled encore, “Gloria.”

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