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

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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.

June 13, 2017 - 6:30pm

Jam At The Ridge Presents: Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives on Friday, June 16th. Five-time Grammy winner Marty Stuart will Jam At The Ridge NY once again this year.

We welcome him back to Le Roy, NY, and are looking forward to a fantastic show featuring his legendary songs mixed with his new sounds.

A fish fry dinner is available starting at 3 p.m. when parking opens and the gates open at 4 p.m. with the show beginning at 4:15 p.m. See Marty Stuart, The Ghost Riders, and Lonesome Crow all in the same night for just $15 pre-sale. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here or visit us on facebook.

January 21, 2017 - 2:25pm

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The owners of The Ridge NY (aka Frostridge Campground) enter the 2017 outdoor music season for the first time in a couple of years knowing there are no obstacles that might inhibit concert nights.

The renewed freedom allows David and Greg Luetticke-Archbell to aim high for some of the stars they might book and this week they were able to announce a big one: Clint Black.

One of the most accomplished recording artists and songwriters in Nashville, Black will take The Ridge stage Aug. 12.

"We've been in negotiations since November," David said. "It was kind of a back and forth but one we had hoped for a long time, so this is really great to finally have someone with the kind of history that Clint does. We can bring that classic country sound to Western New York."

Black emerged top of his class among wave of new-traditionalist country singers to come out with chart-topping hits in 1989. He went triple-platinum with his debut album, "Killin' Time," and repeated the feat with his follow-up, "Put Yourself in My Shoes." 

Killin' Time contained five #1 songs, all of which Black wrote or co-wrote. He's written or cowrote every one of his dozens of #1 singles over the years.

It's apparently been a long time since Black came to WNY, so David said they were excited to sign him for a show early in their process of lining up acts for this summer.

There will likely be other big names announced before winter ends, David said. 

There will also be some up-and-coming acts added to the calendar, such as the Swon Brothers, scheduled to appear at The Ridge on July 22.

David and Greg are also putting together a blowout two-day event as a fundraiser for veterans June 2 and 3 called the American Warrior Concert. Nearly two dozen musical acts from throughout the region will perform over the two days.

This summer will also include the annual fundraiser for the Le Roy Volunteer Fire Department (probably Aug. 5), and in July, David and Greg will put the frost back in Frostridge with ice skating -- yes, ice skating in July -- as well as snowman building.

It's great to be able to run a business again, David said, without the cloud of litigation hanging over all their plans. 

"Now we're working with folks knowing that we don’t have to try to figure out a plan B or plan C in case something comes up," David said. "We know what we have and we know how to make it work and it just flows."

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August 28, 2016 - 10:42am

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In five years of covering concerts at Frostridge, there are four shows I'm sure I'll always remember: Marty Stuart in 2011, which was my introduction to Jam at the Ridge, The Farm, featuring Alexander native Krista Marie, the time Blackjack Billy upstaged the night's headliner, Blackberry Smoke, that same year, and finally, Blackjack Billy's return to Le Roy last night.

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June 12, 2016 - 12:34pm

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Collin Raye, who is celebrating 25 years as a recording artist this year, opened the 2016 concert season at Frostridge last night with a set that highlighted his #1 hits and other fan favorites.

Before the show, he met with fans who had purchased VIP passes, including one who presented him with a handmade guitar strap. He also posed for a picture with Frostridge owners David and Greg Luetticke-Archbell.

Among the opening acts were the Morgan Twins.

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September 7, 2015 - 6:00pm

Darryl Worley will Jam At The Ridge, Saturday, Sept. 12th, a benefit concert event in support of volunteer firefighters and to honor our hometown heroes who have, and continue to give, so much in our community. "Do You Remember?", the title of Darryl's #1 hit for seven weeks, recalls the tragedy of 9/11 and helps call all Americans to honor the lives lost and the lives on the front line protecting freedom.

Camping available, but not required, by calling 585-768-4883 or by click here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1795839
Tickets available by calling 585-768-4883 or directly at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1795739

August 10, 2014 - 1:01pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in business, Le Roy, Jam at the Ridge, Frost Ridge.

To say Blackberry Smoke rocked the house Saturday night at Frost Ridge might be misconstrued.

There are no reports of windows rattling in the homes of Frost Ridge neighbors.

In fact, a deputy assigned to monitor the decibel levels at Conlon Road and Oatka Trail Road said the noise level never went much above 60 decibels, well below the threshold of 100 set by Judge Robert C. Noonan when he issued an order a few days ago allowing the concert to take place.

The fact is, at the corner of Conlon and Oatka Trail, through most of Blackberry Smoke's set, the crickets were louder than the music.

Blackberry Smoke is billed as an up-and-coming, soon-to-be-big-stars Southern rock/outlaw country band, and if fame is measured by only a few hundred die-hard, rambunctious fans, Blackberry Smoke has already hit the big time.

They did rock the house and the fans raised the roof.

The band is Charlie Starr (lead vocals, guitar), Richard Turner (bass, vocals), Brit Turner (drums), Paul Jackson (guitar, vocals), and Brandon Still (keyboards).

A five-piece combo can make a lot of noise, and inside the Frost Ridge amphitheater at stage level, the band seemed no less loud than their show in the same venue a year ago.

A sound engineer familiar with the venue predicted before the show that the hill between Frost Ridge and the homes of Cleere and Collins (the two plaintiffs in one of the lawsuits against Frost Ridge) would absorb all of the treble and mid-range of the music, while bass tones would bend some and carry over the hill.

The crickets, he said, would be louder.

That certainly seemed to be the case.

In their lawsuit against Frost Ridge, the Cleeres have claimed that they can't sit outside their home on concert nights, the noise is so loud, and that when they try to go inside and close the windows, the walls shake because of the noise.

The Town of Le Roy is pursuing a parallel suit against Frost Ridge.

Both suits allege that live music at Frost Ridge violates local zoning laws, even though the campgrounds owners, Greg and David Luetticke-Archbell, received a previous ruling from the Zoning Board of Appeals that the use is an allowable, prior nonconforming use (grandfathered in).

While the Town of Le Roy is not suing the ZBA, the town board does not agree with that ruling, or does not find it valid. The Cleeres and Collins suit names the ZBA as a co-defendant. 

Delays in the process have prevented a hearing on whether the ZBA decision was filed with the town clerk prior to April 6. That hearing will be held Aug. 21. If it's determined that ZBA decision was filed prior to April 6, it could invalidate the the lawsuits against Frost Ridge on statute of limitations grounds.

Because of the delay of the hearing and the financial toll to Frost Ridge with five previous shows cancelled by court order, Noonan lifted the restraining order for the Blackberry Smoke concert, but barred alcohol sales.

The next scheduled show is at The Ridge NY is Phil Vassar and the Morgan Twins, Aug. 23.

The slide show below also includes photos of Chris Weaver Band, one of Saturday's opening acts.

AUDIO: A recording taken during the concert last night at the corner of Conlon and Oatka Trail (mp3).

A seat front-and-center for the Blackberry Smoke set was auctioned off and $375 was raised for the Le Roy Fire Department. 

The decibel reader employed by a deputy to monitor noise levels at Conlon and Oatka Trail roads.

April 30, 2014 - 1:10pm
posted by Billie Owens in music, Le Roy, Jam at the Ridge.

Press release:

Western New York's newest family recreation and entertainment venue -- "The Ridge NY" -- hosts the 2014 Jam At The Ridge Concert Series. The series touts major recording artists along with regional and local favorites.

Starting at just $5 with children 12 and under FREE, some tickets have already sold out. Le Roy, NY/U.S.A. (less than an hour from Buffalo, Exit-47 from the Thruway) SAVE THESE DATES!

  • May 31st -- Country Done Come To Town (2 to 10 p.m.)
  • June 7th -- Josh Thompson (5 to 10 p.m.)
  • June 21st -- John Michael Montgomery (5 to 10 p.m.)
  • July 12th -- Preacher Stone (5 to 10 p.m.)
  • July 26th -- Jason Michael Carroll with Zach Lockwood (5 to 10 p.m.)
  • Aug. 9th -- Blackberry Smoke (5 to 10 p.m.)
  • Aug. 23rd -- Phil Vassar (5 to 10 p.m.)
  • Sept. 6th -- Marshall Tucker Band (5 to 10 p.m.)

***All concerts subject to change; please double-check the Web site for confirmation.

The Ridge NY has done an excellent job of keeping costs and prices low so that everyone may participate while bringing exceptional talent to Western New York. Limited camping is available for those who'd like to Camp With The Bands.

The Ridge management attributes this success to a family friendly environment with activities and events for ages 2 through 92. Tents to large RVs are welcome and cabins are available for those who don't have their own equipment. There is something for just about everyone. If you’re looking for fun, The Ridge NY is the place to be.

Contact:
The Ridge NY
 [email protected]
www.TheRidgeNY.com <http://www.TheRidgeNY.com>

www.JamAtTheRidge.com <http://www.JamAtTheRidge.com>

585-768-4883

801 Conlon Road, Le Roy, NY, 14482, U.S.A.

August 7, 2013 - 4:55pm

Jam at The Ridge concert lineup! Join the family fun! Here is the lineup for our upcoming concerts.

For more information, reservations or to purchase tickets for upcoming events, please visit http://www.frostridge.com/index.html, then select [Concerts] or call us at 585-768-4883.

Frost Ridge, Where the Fun is!

June 23, 2013 - 1:44am

It was another smokin' night of music at Frostridge Campground on Saturday night as the summer concert series Jam at the Ridge saw its second installment.

The headliner tonight was Blackberry Smoke, a band that's been winning fans in the year since the group last visited Le Roy, but for me, the highlight of the night was Blackjack Billy, the second act on the bill.

Blackjack Billy's country rock is fun and infectious, and they're also incredibly nice guys, giving fans all the time they needed for autographs after the show.

The band has one single out, which I was told is being downloaded 5,000 times a day on iTunes. The song is The Booze Cruise. The band played four or five other original tunes in their 90-minute set, mostly pretty much in the same vein -- rockin' country.

The band is based in Nashville and is comprised of Noll Billings, lead vocals, Jeff Coplan, lead guitar, Rob Blackledge, rhythm guitar, Patrick Cornell, bass guitar, and Brad Cummings, drums.

Next up for Frostridge is Molly Hatchet, July 13.

Before the show, fans who purchased VIP passes were able to go back stage and meet members of Blackberry Smoke, get autographs and get a souveniar picture with the band.

Jim Maier, of Brockport, won the drawing for the autographed guitar.

First slide show, Blackjack Billy, second slide show, Blackberry Smoke.

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