Blues concert finale in Medina cancelled for Thursday due to threat of rain

Staff Reports Posted 9 August 2023 at 9:51 pm

MEDINA – The grand finale of Medina’s Blue Thursdays concert on Aug. 10 has been cancelled due to the forecast of rain. Tommy Z Band was scheduled to close out the series at State Street Park. Tommy Z already has agreed to perform in Medina next year.

“We’ve poured over the data, consulted with meteorologists and have decided it would be best to cancel the show,” said Chris Busch, of ORG/ and co-promoter of the event.

“While we may not be able to predict the exact timing of bad weather, but the threat is high during our window of 4 to 8 p.m. – between 50%-70% and we simply can’t chance it.”

Vendors and the band typically start arriving at 4 p.m. That’s when the weather is expected to start turning bad for an outdoor concert.

“There’s a lot of factors to consider in making these decisions and it’s always tough,” Busch said. “However, we were able to do seven of eight gigs this year and that’s pretty good considering the rain we’ve had all summer.”

Despite the finale cancellation, Busch and the other concert promoters are pleased with the series.

“We had a great run this year,” said Ken Daluisio of the Print Shop, co-promoter of the series. “We averaged about 600 a night – some nights less, some more with a peak of 1,000 opening night. That’s a great thing for Medina. Better than half of those people are new to our village and they’re very impressed with what they find here– the village, the venue, the event– everything.”

The bands were sponsored by Modern Mercantile and Main Liquor. ORG coordinated the booking logistics, band arrangements and media. The Pront Shop handled site logistics and sign coverage. Dave Berry ran the 50/50 raffle and Andy Morris was parking coordinator. Karl Bauer of Crossborder Blues also promoted Blue Thursdays .

The food and beverage vendors included Cusimano’s Pizzeria, Parker’s Pit BBQ, WNY Empanadas, Catherine Street Bakery, Greenlief’s On The Go, Flower City Scoops, Blue Groove Coffee, Leonard Oakes Estate Winery and 810 Meadworks.

 “We’d also like to express our gratitude to Mayor Mike Sidari, the Village of Medina and especially Jason Watts and the Village of Medina DPW for their incredible support and cooperation in making this series possible,” Busch said.

Blue Thursdays 2024 will run Thursdays from June 20 thru August 8, with the exception of Independence Day.