LEWISTON, NY – Massive crowds are nothing new to Artpark & Co.
The non-for-profit organization, which operates the performing arts venue inside the Village of Lewiston state park, has produced at least a half-dozen shows with audiences exceeding the 20,000 mark since recommitting to its free, outdoor concert series in 2004. Typically, Artpark’s “Tuesday in the Park” draws between 8,000 and 12,000 music lovers each week.
The next two “TIP” acts, however, are far from typical. Headliners Lynyrd Skynyrd (July 26) and ZZ Top (Aug. 2), two acts that normally command big-ticket prices, will perform for free.
The audience for each show, “could be 40,000. We don’t know,” Artpark & Co. President George Osborne said. “I don’t believe there’s ever been anything like that in Lewiston (at one time).”