FARMINGTON, N.Y. –Finger Lakes Casino & Racetrack has announced it will once again host a series of free concerts this summer. The fourth annual Free Summer Concert Series is set to kick off Wednesday, June 27 when Eddie Money returns to the stage at Finger Lakes after producing one of the largest crowds in the history of the series in 2009.
Eddie Money will then be followed by performances from two acts originally hailing from Australia; Little River Band on July 18 and Rick Springfield on August 1. All concerts are set for Wednesday evenings, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. and opening acts taking the stage at 7:00 p.m.
Eddie Money- Wednesday, June 27
Headlining the first show, Eddie Money kicks off the series. Born Edward Joseph Mahoney, Money initially attended the New York Police Academy with intent to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a New York City Police Officer. Money’s growing interest with the world of rock and roll clashed with the authoritative structure of the Academy, and Money found himself longing to become a rock musician. Deciding to try a career in music, Money relocated to the San Francisco Bay area. In 1977, he released his self-titled debut album, and became almost an instant star. With four platinum and two gold albums to date, Money has had 24 hits on Top 100 Billboard charts including “Two Tickets to Paradise”, “Baby Hold On”, “Shakin”, and “Take Me Home Tonight”.
Little River Band- Wednesday, July 18
Little River Band (LRB), formed in Melbourne, Australia in 1975, has found success in both Australia and the United States. From 1978-1981, the group garnered one gold album, two platinum albums, and six U.S. Top 10 singles. Overall, the group has had 13 U.S. Top 40 single hits, including: “Reminiscing”, “Lonesome Loser”, “Lady”, and “Help Is on Its Way”. LRB has topped over 30 million in worldwide album sales, and in 2004 was inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame.
Rick Springfield- Wednesday, August 1
Rick Springfield headlines the final show in the series on August 1. Born Richard Lewis Springthorpe in Sydney, Australia, Springfield found success in the United States as both a singer and songwriter, as well as an actor, with a prominent role on General Hospital as Dr. Noah Drake in the 1980's. With three multi-platinum albums, 17 top 40 hits, a Grammy Award in 1982 for the Best Male Vocal Performer for the #1 hit single “Jessie’s Girl” and an American Music Award for “Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist”, Springfield’s passion is truly for music. His four other top 10 U.S. hits include: “I’ve Done Everything for You”, “Don’t Talk To Strangers”, “Affair of the Heart”, and “Love Somebody”. His most recent release, Venus in Overdrive, was released on New Door Records/Ume and debuted on Billboard's Top 100 at #28. Springfield also released his autobiography, Late, Late at Night in 2010. It hit the New York Times hardcover bestseller list at #13 as well as #14 on the Publisher’s Weekly bestseller list and #10 on the LA Times Hardcover Nonfiction Bestseller’s List. He has performed for millions of devoted fans over the last three decades and continues to attract new fans wherever he goes with his unique brand of audience interaction, unstoppable energy, and unforgettable songs that have become part of the soundtrack to people’s lives.
All concerts are free to attend and will be held outdoors with seating available in the covered Grandstand. Doors will open at 6:30pm for each concert and opening acts take the stage beginning at 7pm. Parking is free, however tailgating is prohibited.
About Finger Lakes Casino & Racetrack: In operation since 1962, the facility added gaming to its offering in 2004 with a $10.5 million expansion. Over 1.7 million visitors annually now enjoy nearly 1,200 slot machines, the newly expanded 448-seat Vineyard Buffet restaurant, a sports bar and grill, as well as live and simulcast thoroughbred racing. Casino doors open at 9 a.m. and racing doors open at 11:30 a.m. daily. For more information, visit www.fingerlakescasino.com.