Batavia Downs announces Vince Neil, Puddle of Mudd and Jonny Lang among Summer Concert Series
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Batavia Downs announces Vince Neil, Puddle of Mudd and Jonny Lang among Summer Concert Series

Jan 17, 2020

Eleven acts will take the stage on eight Fridays this summer when the fourth annual Rockin’ the Downs Summer Concert Series kicks off June 19.

1980s singers and classic rock bands will headline the series, Batavia Downs announced Thursday. The schedule is as follows:

â–  June 19, Motley Crüe lead singer Vince Neil; the group’s songs include “Wild Side,” “Shout at the Devil,” “Home Sweet Home,” “Girls, Girls, Girls,” “Dr. Feelgood,” “Kickstart My Heart,” “Same Ol’ Situation,” and many others.

â–  June 26, former Journey front man Steve Augeri; Augeri returns after playing last year’s series. The lead vocalist for the rock group from 1998-2006, Augeri headlined an eight-year tenure that included three albums and will perform hits such as “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Separate Ways,” “Wheel in the Sky,” “Faithfully,” and Any Way You Want it.”

â–  July 10, Southern rock’s Molly Hatchet; Originating in Jacksonville in 1978, the band has gone on to release 14 studio albums. They’ll be performing hits such as “Flirtin’ with Disaster,” “Dreams I’ll Never See” and “Whiskey Man,” among others.

â–  July 17, heavy metal rockers Skid Row; After forming in New Jersey in 1986, the band has performed all over the world with hard guitars and a unique songwriting style. It’ll be performing its hits; “In a Darkened Room,” “We Are the Damned,” “Youth Gone Wild” and “18 and Life” and many more.

â–  July 24, Jonny Lang; Hailing from Fargo, N.D,, the blues, gospel, and rock singer has had five albums chart in the Billboard 200. The Grammy Award-winning artist will perform hits such as “Still Rainin’,” “Bring Me Back Home,” “Breakin’ Me” and “Lie to Me.”

â–  July 31, Don Felder; As a renowned former lead guitarist of The Eagles, Felder has helped write and perform many classics. His 2008 memoir was a New York Times Bestseller. Don will perform solo and Eagles’ hits during his set including heavy metal (“Takin’ a Ride”), “Hotel California,” “Life in the Fast Lane,” “The Long Run” and “Tequila Sunrise.”

â–  Aug. 7 will feature a trio of tribute bands: America’s top Pink Floyd Show, The Machine; For over 30 years, The Machine has extended the legacy of Pink Floyd, while creating another legacy all its own. Over the years, Two other tribute rock acts, celebrating the music of The Who and Queen, will also grace the stage that evening.

â–  Aug. 14, Puddle of Mudd. The American, post-grunge band from Kansas City, Mo., has sold over 7 million albums. One of the most well-attended concerts of 2018’s concert series at Batavia Downs, Puddle of Mudd fans will be sure to hear hits such as “She Hates Me, “Blurry” and “Control.”

Tickets go on sale at noon today at Presale tickets to each concert are $10 for general admission while VIP tickets will be $25. Concert-goers will be able to purchase tickets for the Premium Section, directly in front of the stage, for $50. Premium tickets will be very limited for each concert.

The public will once again have the option of purchasing a “season pass, which includes admission to all eight concerts at a discounted rate. The season pass for 2020 is $60 for General admission and $150 for VIP.

New this year will be a chair rental option for lawn seats. While patrons are allowed to bring their own chairs, there will be 500 chairs available for rental for $5 each. A portion of proceeds for chair rental will benefit Western New York Make a Wish. Staff from Make a Wish will also be selling drink koozies.

“It’s incredible to think we are in our fourth year of the concert series,” said Western Regional Off-Track Betting Corporation President and CEO Henry Wojtaszek. “We’re excited to continue to bring musical icons to Batavia Downs and provide great entertainment at an affordable price. We’re looking forward to partnering again with Make-A-Wish Western New York to help raise funds to help them transform lives. We hope to see the community come together again this summer.”

Hotel room/ticket packages will be available for each concert. Purchase of a hotel room on the night of a concert using the code includes two VIP tickets to the show while supplies last. Each concert ticket is also redeemable once at Player’s Club in the three days following the concert for $10 Free Play to be used on one of Batavia Downs Gaming’s 800+ gaming machines. Concerts are held rain or shine. Additional information may be found at

By Brian Quinn, Batavia Daily News

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