Batavia Downs announces concert series

Courtesy of Vince Neal FacebookBatavia Downs Gaming & Hotel has announced the lineup for its fourth annual Rockin’ the Downs concert kicks off with Vince Neal on June 19.

Batavia Downs Gaming & Hotel has announced the lineup for its fourth annual Rockin’ the Downs concert series, which take place outside on the racetrack for eight Friday nights starting in June.

Kicking off the series on June 19 is Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe. An accomplished businessman and heartfelt philanthropist, his unmistakable voice leads some of the greatest rock songs of a generation including “Wild Side”, “Shout at the Devil,” “Home Sweet Home,” “Girls, Girls, Girls,” “Dr. Feelgood,” “Kickstart My Heart” and many others.

On June 26, former Journey frontman Steve Augeri takes the stage. He returns after playing the series in 2019. The lead vocalist for the rock group from 1998-2006, Augeri headlined an eight-year tenure that included three albums, and will perform hits such as "Don’t Stop Believin’," "Separate Ways," "Wheel in the Sky," "Faithfully" and "Anyway you Want it."

On July 10, Southern Rock legends Molly Hatchet play the series. Originating in Jacksonville in 1978, the band has gone on to release 14 studio albums. They’ll be performing hits such as "Flirtin’ with Disaster," "Dreams I’ll Never See" and "Whiskey Man" among others.

Rocking the stage on July 17 is heavy metal rockers Skid Row. After forming in New Jersey in 1986, the band has performed all over the world with hard guitars and a unique songwriting style. They’ll be performing their hits "In a Darkened Room," "We Are the Damned," "Youth Gone Wild" and "18 and Life" and many more.

Jonny Lang performs on July 24. Hailing from Fargo, North Dakota, the blues, gospel, and rock singer has had five albums chart in the Billboard 200. The Grammy Award winning artist will perform hits such as "Still Rainin’," "Bring Me Back Home," "Breakin’ Me" and "Lie to Me."

July 31 will see Don Felder, formerly of the Eagles, perform. His 2008 memoir was a New York Times best seller. Felder will perform solo and Eagles’ hits during his set including "Heavy Metal (Takin’ a Ride)," "Hotel California," "Life in the Fast Lane," "the Long Run" and "Tequila Sunrise."

Pink Floyd tribute act The Machine hits the stage on Aug. 7. Over 30 years, Batavia Downs officials say The Machine has extended the legacy of Pink Floyd, while creating another legacy all their own. Over the years, The Machine has touched the hearts and souls of many with their stellar musicianship, dramatic lighting and video performances. Two other tribute rock acts celebrating the Music of The Who and Queen will also grace the stage that evening for what will be a memorable musical journey back in time.

Closing out the series on Aug. 14 is Puddle of Mudd. The post-grunge band from Kansas City, Missouri has sold over 7 million albums. One of the most well attended concerts of 2018’s summer concert series, Puddle of Mudd concert goers will be sure to hear hits such as "She Hates Me," "Blurry" and "Control." 

Tickets for all eight concerts will be available at www.BataviaConcerts.com. Individual pre-sale tickets to each concert will remain at $10 for general admission while VIP tickets will be $25.

Concert goers will once again have the option of purchasing a “Season Pass,” which includes admission to all eight concerts at a discounted rate. The season pass for 2020 is $60 for general admission and $150 for VIP.

New this year will be a chair rental option for lawn seats. While patrons are allowed to bring their own chairs, there will be 500 chairs available for rental for $5 each. A portion of proceeds for chair rental will benefit Western New York Make a Wish. Staff from Make a Wish will also be selling drink koozies.

Additional information may be found at www.BataviaDownsGaming.com.

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