Strike up the Bands! It’s Summer Concert Time in Ridgeway!
Showcasing all that is good about Niagara, Concerts on the Ridge brings great Niagara talent to Ridgeway’s Village Square Sunday evenings.
It’s a sure sign of summer when Ridgeway’s Concerts on the Ridge begins its outdoor concert series. It’s the second season of live entertainment showcasing Niagara talent.
The Concerts on the Ridge Series has quickly established itself as the place to be on Sunday evenings! This year’s concerts are: June 25, July 23, August 6, August 27 and September 3, 2017. All of the concerts commerce at 7:00 PM and are free to the public. A goodwill offering is collected to help with the funding of the concerts and also to begin fundraising for new lighting displays in downtown Ridgeway.
The philosophy of the Concerts on the Ridge is to offer local Niagara talent the opportunity to showcase in their hometown market. “We strongly feel that Niagara has great amateur and semi-professional talent to share”, stated organizer Mary-Lou Ambrose-Little. “Our 2016 performers included Spencer McKenzie, The Bryce Moore Band, Finnegan’s Wake, Lincoln Concert Band and Kindred.”
The entertainers for the 2017 series: June 25 – McPherson’s Rant; July 23 – Peace River Band; August 6 – Cameron Lee and Mary Lou Minor & Sideroad 3; August 27 – The Jimmy Marando Swing Band & September 3 – Sunset Rebels.
Village Square in Downtown Ridgeway is truly the spot to be on Sunday evenings with much to see and do! These concerts are on alternate weeks with our neighbours in Crystal Beach who offer the Waterfront Series, so there will be lots of great entertainment available this summer in Fort Erie!
Ridgeway Business Improvement Area (RBIA)
The RBIA is pleased to present the Second Annual Concerts on the Ridge Series. This season five concerts are scheduled for your enjoyment featuring Niagara talent.
Our Organizers: Rob Faragalli, Rick Beckett and Mary-Lou Ambrose-Little with many volunteers assisting on concert evenings.
Refreshments will be provided by the Ridgeway Legion Branch #230.
In addition food vendors will be on site each night for your convenience.
Bring your lawn chair and a friend for an evening of great entertainment.
Goodwill donations will be collected during the intermission. Your dollars will help to off-set the concert costs and the remaining will be donated to the “Light Up the Downtown Project.” This will allow the RBIA to improve lighting in the downtown core year round!
Our 2017 Performers
June 25th – McPherson’s Rant
Since 2001, McPherson’s Rant has entertained audiences with their rich harmonies and fine instrumentals. They perform an eclectic mix of traditional Celtic and down east tunes, and popular music with a Celtic twist.
July 23rd – Peace River Band
An energetic and dynamic group of Niagara musicians who perform a stylistic repertoire of bluegrass, country, folk, gospel and original music. Founded in 2006 this group features acoustic instruments and a rich blend of vocal harmonies. The Peace River Band won the 2011 Niagara Music Awards Instrumental Group of the Year.
August 6th – Cameron Lee + Mary Lou Minor & Sideroad#3
Cameron Lee has developed into an accomplished acoustic guitar player and appeared at 2016 Ridgeway Summer Festival and now as the opening act this evening. Cameron is a singer and songwriter, he performs original materials and covers for such artists as the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Supertramp and more.
Mary Lou Minor’s award-winning songs that tell real emotions lived by real people. Her style is imbued with country, folk and blues sensibilities. Mary Lou was a song-writing finalist in the Great American Song Contest (GASC) and a finalist in both the 2015 and 2016 Ontario Arts Council “Colleen Peterson Songwriting Awards”. Her music will leave you wanting more.
August 27th –Jimmy Marando Swing Band
Formed in 1965 in Welland, Ontario by Jimmy Marando, the Jimmy Marando Swing Band is still in ‘full swing’, bringing the best hits of the 20’s through 90’s to audiences throughout Niagara and beyond. They feature a 17 piece band and vocalists. So bring out those dancing shoes!
September 3 – Sunset Rebels
Come out to listen and DANCE with the Sunset Rebels – Classic 70’s Rock and Southern Country Rock. Great vocals, dueling lead guitars with a solid rhythm section. What else could you ask for, enjoy the sounds of the Sunset Rebels.
For more information about the Ridgeway Business Improvement Area & Concerts on the Ridge:
Mary-Lou Ambrose-Little, RBIA Community Liaison
289-476-1311 x 5
OUR GREAT SPONSORS
- Royal Canadian Legion Branch 230 Ridgeway
- Royal Lepage Niagara Real Estate Centre
- EPC – Employment Professionals Canada
- Sanctuary Centre for the Arts
- Trailside Bar & Grill
- 335 On The Ridge
- The Scuttlebutt Tap & Eatery
Donations In Kind
- Auto Know Parts, Port Colborne
- The Breakfast Beacon, Ridgeway
- Heart & Armour Tattoos, Ridgeway
- Ridgeway Business Improvement Area
SPECIAL THANKS TO THE TOWN OF FORT ERIE FOR SUPPORT!