STRAIGHT TALK/Norm Puttick
My wife and I attended the July 26 summer lineup of music in front of City Hall.
The concert was the third in a series of six and was a salute to Bryan Adams by a live band we considered excellent. It was loud, but not offensive to the ear.
We took our own chairs and around 6 p.m., settled in near the sidewalk on Queen Street, a little bit away from the band, on a stage in front of City Hall that has the falls as an appropriate backdrop.
We observed downtown BIA volunteers setting up a table for the sale of a variety of drinks and pizza. They were also assisting the few who were in wheelchairs.
The spectators were sparse until about 7 p.m., when it appeared a surge of about 100 people found
seating to enjoy the music.
Parking is ample and free.
I write this short column about this Friday summer event on Queen Street because over the years, I have heard from various sources there “is nothing to do in Niagara Falls.” Well, Queen Street put on a
free concert Friday night and this was our first this year, but I would say the band was as good as any you would pay big bucks in Toronto to hear and see.
Perhaps the Bryan Adams music made the band a hit, with rousing applause from the crowd after each selection.
While crowd-watching, we saw several people moving to the beat – from children, to adults and even seniors. It was great to see – dancing is great exercise for the body and mind.
We left at 8:30 p.m. for a late dinner, but certainly felt invigorated by the music and the company of the many people who stopped to talk to us.
I suggest you drop in to Queen Street and listen – and dance – to the free music on Friday evening and have a look at the work that has been done to restore Queen street to a destination for shopping. Some of this work has been done with your tax dollars, so give it a look.
See you there, OK?
City Hall concerts continue Aug. 2, with Desire – the international U2 tribute act.
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