Bayfront concerts return with new amphitheater

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ERIE, Pa. — Erie Bank’s “8 Great Tuesdays” returns to the bayfront with a new amphitheater and two months of music, food and family fun.

“Good family event. Get out to enjoy the atmosphere, perfect weather the phenomenal music,” said Erie Resident Mark Banko, who took his son, daughter and two of his daughter’s friend.

Elyza Pilatowski said, “We were at the marina next door, and we wanted to come down, get some ice cream, maybe some wings from Odis 12 and hear the band play a little bit.”

People of all ages filled Liberty Park for the kickoff of the concert series.

Dan Kress, owner of Kress Financial Services, said, “This might be the biggest turnout I can recall.”

About 10 Kress Financial Services employees and up to 100 clients were guests of the company, which is one of the event’s nightly corporate sponsors.

“We had Bike Week last year, but the weather wasn’t quite as perfect. I think it was a little hot that night,” said Kress.

As visitors listened to the live music, they also took note of the Highmark Amphitheater, which was unveiled June 27.

“Nice wood inside. Weatherproof outside. It gives you a little shade,” commented Dan Marchini of Erie.

Pilatowski said, “I think it’s better than the old stage, honestly. It makes it appeal more… like just attractive.”

The permanent structure, which cost nearly $560,000, was also well received by Banko.

“I’m very happy with what they’ve done with it. They’ve made dramatic changes. I think the population is going to love it,” he said.

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