ELLICOTTVILLE – As the ski season draws to a close and the snow melts, the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce has announced that Practically Petty and Asia are featuring John Payne as the headliner of the Summer Music Festival this weekend. July 4 holiday.
On Saturday, July 2, ticket holders will be treated to “The Voices of Classic Rock” with Practically Petty, an acclaimed tribute band to Tom Petty, followed by Asia with John Payne with special guests John Elefante, former singer from Kansas, and Alex Ligertwood, former singer of Santana.
‘It’s an amazing weekend’ said Brian McFadden, Executive Director of the Chamber, ‘We’ve been doing this for over 25 years, you can bring your chairs, blanket, picnic basket and there’s no no parking fees, it’s a one-time event for the whole family.
If you love Tom Petty, then you’ll love Practically Petty, the Tom Petty tribute band that has been mesmerizing audiences across North America since forming in the fall of 2009. Every performance is true to the spirit and spirit of essence of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, all the way to the look and sound of Tom Petty.
The group is proud to use the same equipment as the Heartbreakers so that nothing is overlooked. Their extensive catalog of songs includes all of Petty’s hits with the Heartbreakers as well as his solo work and other side projects including The Traveling Wilburys.
Next, Asia with John Payne will not only perform their classic hits, but will also invite John Elefante on stage to give the audience a taste of Kansas’ unforgettable hits. Not to be outdone, Alex Ligertwood will join Asia for their last set of the evening, on the Santana classics.
Asia with John Payne remains active as a touring scene, and Ellicottville is thrilled to welcome him this summer as he performs hits such as “Go”, “Only Time Will Tell”, Who Will Stop the Rain “, “Don’t Cry”, “Sole Survivor” and “Heat of the Moment”.
American singer-songwriter John Elefante is an instrumentalist record producer best known for his tenure as frontman of the rock band Kansas from 1981 to 1984. Growing up, he sang and played drums for his family band, The Brotherhood. Expect hits like “Carry On Wayward Son” and “Dust in the Wind.”
Scottish-English singer, guitarist and drummer Alex Ligertwood is best known as Santana’s lead vocalist, with five different stints from 1979 to 1994. He is credited on Santana songs such as “All I Ever Wanted”, “You Know That I Love You,” “Winning,” and “Hold On.” Santana fans won’t be disappointed with Ligertwood’s energetic performance that’s sure to get the crowd dancing.
In addition to these star-studded numbers, the Ellicottville Chamber is proud to welcome the return of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra on Sunday, July 3. As in previous years, the concert will end with a spectacular fireworks display orchestrated to the music of the BPO.
Tickets for each evening of entertainment are $45 in advance or $55 at the door. Pre-sale tickets, along with VIP sponsorship packages, go on sale March 31 and can be purchased through ellicottvilleny.com. As always, children 12 and under are free.