IMPROVED I.C. LIGHT AMPHITHEATRE PUTTING DOWN PERMANENT ROOTS, ROOF
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (PA) - Wednesday, April 12, 1995
Author: SCOTT MERVIS, WEEKEND EDITOR, POST-GAZETTE
Gone are the crummy wooden folding chairs and the yucky portable toilets. And gone is the rubble of the parking lot.
The I.C. Light Amphitheatre is getting serious in the summer of '95.
With a strong commitment from the new owners of Station Square, DiCesare - Engler Productions finally has a permanent site for its outdoor venue along the Mon.
The promoters yesterday unveiled these changes along with the lineup of a '95 Summer Concert Series. It begins June 9 with Little Feat and The Band, and includes Barry White, Trisha Yearwood, Stephen Stills, a reggae Sun Splash, Smokey Robinson and George Benson.
Their music won't be stopping any overhead rail cars because the
amphitheater is moving back to its original site on the west side of Station Square. Capital improvements include fixed seating, a new stage that will improve sound and sight lines, a paved surface instead of gravel, a new
entrance and real restrooms. It also will add 1,000 seats, bringing capacity to 5,000.
Subway, Fat Franks and J.K. Hallers will set up shop as the new vendors. Each show will have a pre-concert party, with local bands playing on a tent stage.
"This is the first year of a multi-year plan," said promoter Rich Engler .
His partner, Pat DiCesare , added that after this season, DiCesare - Engler is hoping to build a tensile roof that will house the venue. It could then be fully enclosed to function as a year-round concert site.
DiCesare said the promoter is investing around $250,000 this season, and that the roof would bring the project to $1 million.
DiCesare said that the Cleveland-based Forest City Enterprises, which owns Station Square along with Harrah's Casinos of Memphis, Tenn., "has confidence in us, whereas the (former owner Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation) would never commit."
DiCesare - Engler also announced that it would be the first major concert promoter in the country to go online. Its new Storefront on the Internet will offer a list of concerts, snippets of the artists' music, bio information and photographs. More importantly, it will be possible to choose your seats and
purchase tickets while online.
Below is this season's schedule. More dates, as well as festivals, are to be announced:
-- Little Feat/The Band/Sonny Landreth: Friday, June 9. Tickets: $25 and $19.75.
-- Barry White with Orchestra/Chante Moore: Wednesday, June 14. Tickets: $42.50, $37.50 and $25.
-- Trisha Yearwood/John Berry: Thursday, June 22. Tickets: $25 and $20.
-- Stephen Stills: Saturday, June 24. Tickets: $22.50, $18.75 and $10.
-- WDVE Rocker: Tuesday, July 4. Tickets: $6.
-- Sun Splash World Tour: With Aswad, Dennis Brown, Big Mountain, Wailing Souls, Worl-A-Girl, Junior Tucker, Skool Band, Christatari and Tommy Cowan. Wednesday, July 5. Tickets: $18.75.
-- Engelbert Humperdinck: Saturday, July 22. Tickets: $35 and $27.50.
-- Ringo's All-Starr Band: Featuring Randy Bachman, Billy Preston, Felix Cavaliere, Clarence Clemmons, Zak Starkey, John Entwistle, Joe Walsh. Tuesday, Aug. 1. Tickets: $27.50 and $22.50.
-- WDVE Regatta Rocks: Saturday, Aug. 5. Tickets: $6.
-- Earth Wind & Fire: Wednesday, Aug. 9. Tickets: $25 and $19.75.
-- Gordon Lightfoot: Thursday, Aug. 10. Tickets: $22.50 and $10.
-- Al DiMeola/Jean Luc-Ponty/Stanley Clarke: Thursday, Aug. 17. Tickets: $25 and $19.75.
-- Smokey Robinson: Tuesday, Aug. 22. Tickets: $25 and $19.75.
-- George Benson: Tuesday, Aug. 29. Tickets: $30 and $25.
All Friday and Saturday shows begin at 8 p.m.; weekday shows at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale Monday by phone only. Call 391-1111. The Storefront can be accessed through the World Wide Web, located on the Pittsburgh.Net under music.