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February 15, 2018 - 1:55pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Batavia Downs, music, arts, entertainment, news, notify.


Last summer's concert series is one of many reasons Batavia Downs has been able to grow revenue and remain competitive in a saturated gaming market, said Henry Wojtaszek, president of Western OTB, and Mike Nolan, CEO, today at a press conference announcing an eight-show lineup for this season.

"We offer a lot of different things," Nolan said. "We have our own little niche here."

Wojtaszek said the key is offering options for customers and when you get them in the door, treating them right.

"That includes entertainment, it includes better food, it includes a cigar lounge, and frankly, just provide the best customer service," Wojtaszek said. "We like to think that’s why we’re growing. That’s what we like to concentrate on. Our focus is on providing excellent customer service."

The eight shows announced for this summer:

  • Eddie Money, June 22
  • Grand Funk Railroad, June 29
  • Blue Oyster Cult, July 6
  • Rik Emmett of the Band Triumph along with Carl Dixon of Coney Hatch, July 13
  • Rumours, a Fleetwood Mac Tribute, July 20th
  • Puddle of Mudd, July 27
  • Three Dog Night, Aug. 3
  • Lee Ann Womack, Aug. 10.

Wojtaszek said the concert series went so well last year that Batavia Downs would like to add more shows, but one step at a time.

He also said Batavia Downs will be working with the City and the Town to accommodate larger crowds. Last year, attendance was about 4,000 and this year the casino would like to attract 5,000 to 6,000 fans to the shows.

The concentration on classic rock and country is a conscious effort to bring in shows more appealing to older music fans, Wojtaszek said.

"They are the patrons coming into Batavia Downs and we wanted to provide them with the entertainment they’re looking for at a reasonable cost," Wojtaszek said.

Tickets for the shows will be $10 each.

Batavia Downs is hosting several other events this year sure to bring people from throughout the region to Genesee County.

There will be professional wrestling Feb. 24, a Whiskyfest in June, a Mixed Martial Arts event during the summer, plus Batavia Downs is in the midst of a $4 million capital improvement project that includes opening a cigar lounge, expanding 34 Rush sports bar, Fortune's Restaurant, and the conference center.

"There’s a lot of demand to have things here and it’s amazing to see the response we get to the events we do have," Wojtaszek said. "It’s a perfect location, right between Buffalo and Rochester and we're even getting people here from as far as Syracuse."

February 11, 2018 - 11:39am


Invictra, arguably the best local band right now (they are, after all, (the reigning champs of the only local battle of the bands showcase in the area), will be among the more than dozen local and nationally known acts to take the stage at The Ridge in Le Roy in the first days of June for the annual American Warriors Concert.

The concert honors veterans and raises money to assist them. All veterans and active military can attend for free.

Also on the bill, Madison Rising, James Wesley, JB Aaron, Alyssa Trahan, BC Psychos, Pete Griffith, Jon Dretto, Jack West, Dylan Desmit, Kenny Drury, and Vinyl Orange Ottoman.

The two-day concert event is June 1 and June 2.

Campers, click here.

To purchase tickets, click here.

Here's a press release about the event:

AWC is known for its "Celebration of our Troops, Veterans and American Way of Life." We pride ourselves on offering free admission to veterans and active/reserve military personnel.
This event also donates to a nonprofit veterans' organization of its choice. This year's beneficiary is WNY, Heroes Inc. It's an organization that provides veterans, members of the armed services, and the widows and children of deceased veterans with access to essential services, financial assistance and resources that support their lives and sustain their dignity.

The American Warrior Concert is possible by partnering with The Ridge NY, and sponsorship from by local businesses including Red Osier Landmark Restaurant, TJV Mechanical, CAM Construction, Oliver’s Candies, Livingston Associates, Batavia Legal Printing, Ken Barrett Cadillac Chevrolet, Stan's Harley Davidson, Genesee County SCOPE, Watson Guitars, Leroy Hardware, Orcon Industries and Genesee Valley Penny Saver to name a few.

We will have many bands from many genres of music, many local vendors and other organizations aimed at servicing the needs of our veterans.

We will also be featuring an Honor Wall with local submissions made by people wanting to honor their military friend/family hero.

We hope to make this year's event bigger and better and would love to see more veterans come and enjoy our concert for free.


James Wesley


Madison Rising


Alyssa Trahan

February 6, 2018 - 2:08pm
posted by Billie Owens in Genesee Chorale, news, winter concert, music, batavia, Announcements.
Press release:

Take a stroll down Memory Lane with a fun winter concert by the Genesee Chorale on Sunday, March 4 at St. Joseph's Catholic School.

The performance begins at 4 p.m. The school is located at 2 Summit St. in the City of Batavia.

The nonprofit ensemble of 75 members from Genesee, Orleans, Wyoming, Livingston and Erie counties will perform: "In My Life," "Blackbird," "Blowin' in the Wind," "As TIme Goes By," "Someone to Watch Over Me," and Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody."

These and other choral renditions of favorites have been prepared under the direction of Ric Jones. Soloists and small groups will round out the program, which draws from pop, rock, Broadway, film, and even a television series.

Tickets are available through the box office online here for $8 or they may be purchased at the door for $10.

February 1, 2018 - 5:07pm
posted by Billie Owens in events, music.
Event Date and Time: 
February 28, 2018 - 7:00pm

Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., Batavia, is hosting a Classical Guitar Concert on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. Eastman School of Music graduate students Thomas Torrisi and Ken Luk will perform one hour of classical music in this free public concert.

Please call the library at 585-343-9550 for more information.

February 1, 2018 - 3:57pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in GSO, music, arts, entertaiment, news, asteria string quartet.

The Asteria String Quartet's "First Viennese Valentine's" performance scheduled for this Saturday at the Dibble Family Center in Batavia has been canceled.

One of the quartet's members had an unforeseen circumstance arise and will not be able to perform. It was not possible for the quartet to find a replacement musician on such short notice.

The performance was sponsored by the Genesee Symphony Orchester and Musical Director Shade Zajac, and quartet member, shares his deepest regrets for the canceling.

The GSO will refund all ticket purchases. For a refund, call Roxie Choate at (585) 356-9635 and she will mail a refund to you if you purchased tickets.

January 16, 2018 - 2:10pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, Announcements, asteria string quartet, music, Valentine's.

Asteria String Quartet presents "First Viennese Valentine's" with music from the First Viennese School -- Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven -- on Saturday Feb. 3 at the Dibble Family Center in Batavia.

The chamber recital starts at 7 p.m.

Beforehand, starting at 6 p.m., the quartet will serenade you as you enjoy special hors d'oeuvres, cash bar and also non-alcoholic beverages.

Musicians for the evening are: Kiran Rajamani -- violin; Leighann Howland -- violin; Evie Boughton -- viola; and Shade Zajac -- cello.

Tickets are: $20 per guest; $35 for two guests; $15 for senior citizens.

The Dibble Family Center is located at 4120 W. Main Street Road.

This event is sponsored by Roxy's Music Store, The YNGodess Shop, and the Genesee Symphony Orchestra (

January 5, 2018 - 5:11pm
posted by Billie Owens in Genesee Chorale, music, news.

Press release:

Genesee Chorale is a non-profit organization drawing singers from Genesee, Orleans, Wyoming, Erie and Monroe counties. It is our joy to offer the community fine choral music.

Come sing with us!

Genesee Chorale resumes Monday night rehearsals at 7 p.m. Jan. 15 at St. James Episcopal Church, 405 E. Main St., Batavia.

Director Ric Jones has planned an exciting new season, which includes a March 4 concert, “Memory Lane,” with audience-friendly songs that appeal to all ages – songs that are recognizable across generations, fun to sing.

The season continues with May 4 and 6 concerts, “The Call of Humanity,” with a new composition written especially for Genesee Chorale.

Singers of all voices and levels are welcome – there is help if you need it to learn the music.

More information is available at, or at (716) 531-8986, or by e-mailing [email protected].

December 23, 2017 - 3:19pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in music, entertaiment, batavia.

Batavia residents Bill and Kay McDonald want to share their new Christmas song with the community: "Find Your Joy."

December 21, 2017 - 8:50am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Frost Ridge, Jam at the Ridge, music, entertainment, news.


Two-time Grammy Award winner Travis Tritt will be in Le Roy on Aug. 25 to play a concert at The Ridge (Frostridge Campground).

Tritt is the first headliner announced for the annual summer concert series, Jam at the Ridge, by owners David and Greg Luetticke-Archbell. The venue's owners are still working on booking more acts for the season.

David and Greg expect to announce a headliner for Aug. 24 soon to make for a weekend of great music.

Tickets and campground sites for the weekend will go on sale after the first of the year.

December 9, 2017 - 7:05pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in GSO, music, entertainment, batavia, news.


The Genesee Symphony Orchestra performs its annual Christmas concert tomorrow (Sunday) at 4 p.m. at St. Mary's Church in Batavia.

The program includes "Dance of the Tumblers" from Snow Maiden by Rimsky-Korsakov, Canadian Brass Christmas, "The Snowman," by Howard Blake and narrated by Laurence Tallman,  (top photo), Holiday Favorites with a special guest vocalist: "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas," "(There’s no place like) Home for the Holidays," "White Christmas," "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," "Sleigh Ride," and "Christmas Festival."

Tickets will be available at the door.







December 8, 2017 - 10:00pm
posted by Session Placeholder in music.
Event Date and Time: 
October 27, 2017 - 9:30pm to October 28, 2017 - 1:30am

Matt & Mike from Invisible Touch return to Batavia and the Center Street Smokehouse to play more radical 80’s acoustic hits! You’ll hear hits from Journey, Hall & Oates, Madonna, Rick Springfield, Tina Turner, Melencamp, Petty, Springsteen, Prince, A-Ha, Simple Minds, The Cure, The Clash, Talking Heads. . . ..the list goes on & on. Be there for great BBQ and fun 80’s!

December 8, 2017 - 10:00pm
posted by Session Placeholder in music.
Event Date and Time: 
November 24, 2017 - 7:00pm to 10:30pm

NERDS GONE WILD in WNY is coming to Batavia Downs the day after Thanksgiving!
Just $5 admission and you’ll receive $5 Free Play with paid admission! Tickets available on
We’ll have an 80’s Costume Contest for best-dressed guy and best-dressed gal, so look the part!
Remember any costumes that obscure your face or identity cannot be worn on the gaming floor.
Doors open at 7 PM
Band starts around 8:18 PM
Show end approximately 10:30 PM

December 8, 2017 - 10:00pm
posted by Session Placeholder in music.
Event Date and Time: 
December 10, 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
December 8, 2017 - 7:00pm
posted by Session Placeholder in music.
Event Date and Time: 
March 26, 2017 - 3:00pm to 7:00pm

Singing and a potluck. SACRED HARP: 3-5PM; POTLUCK: 5-6; HYMN SING: 6-7
Sacred Harp is an old-time a cappella singing of sacred songs, hymns,
odes, and anthems. Everyone is welcome; experience is not needed.

December 8, 2017 - 7:00pm
posted by Session Placeholder in music.
Event Date and Time: 
May 7, 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Escaping Gravity, a Journey Through the Stars
Sunday, May 7, 4 p.m.
Elba Centra School Auditorium
Featuring GSO String Workshop
S. Shade Zajac, music director/conductor

And God Create Great Whales, Hovharness
Music from Apollo 13
Suite from Close Encounters of the Third Kind, John Williams
The Planets, Holst


December 8, 2017 - 7:00pm
posted by Session Placeholder in music.
Event Date and Time: 
May 18, 2017 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

The DSP Jazz Trio, Derek, Skip & Pete, will perform at T.F. Brown’s Restaurant in Batavia from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday May 18.
Come celebrate Spring with us!

December 8, 2017 - 6:00pm
posted by Session Placeholder in music.
Event Date and Time: 
December 11, 2016 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Guests: Emily Helenbrook, soprano, and young artist competition winner Amelia Snyder, alto saxophone.
Ukrainian Bell Chorale, arrangement by Nancy Strelau
Fanfare from La Perri, Dukas
Concerto for Saxophone and Strings, Glazonov
Christ at the Movies, arranged by Krogstag
Emily Helenbrook singing several selections
Canadian Brass, arrangement by Custer
Sleigh Ride, Leroy Anderson
Christmas Festival, Anderson.

December 8, 2017 - 6:00pm
posted by Session Placeholder in music.
Event Date and Time: 
February 4, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:30pm

GSO valentine concert poster

December 8, 2017 - 6:00pm
posted by Session Placeholder in music.
Event Date and Time: 
March 18, 2017 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

A Musical Cabaret for Crossroads House
Presented by St. Joe’s Reunion Brass Ensemble and featuring DSP Trio (jazz), No Blarney / Strummerz (Irish/Rock), & Mike Noce (Sinatra).
Come share joy and happiness through music while supporting Crossroads House.
Donations accepted at the door. Refreshments available for purchase.
For more information, call Frank at 585-409-4364.

Sat Mar 18, 2017 2pm – 5pm Eastern Time

Generation Center, 15 Center St., Batavia, NY


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