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8 Great Tuesdays Kicks Off for 2014

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Severe weather took hold of our area much of Tuesday afternoon, threatening the kickoff one of Erie’s biggest summer events. But weather didn't matter much to the thousands of music fans who ventured to Liberty Park Tuesday night, for the kickoff of 8 Great Tuesdays.

"The weather is minor, you just adjust,” said Kathleen Kephart, of Erie. “If you have to bring an umbrella or a jacket or whatever, it's just fun getting out and being outside.”

Music from The Evening Guests and 8 Great All-Stars filled the air at the Burger King Amphitheater. The show kicked off a few minutes late due to today's severe weather, but later went off without a hitch. 2014 is the 15th year for 8 Great Tuesdays, which features musical acts of all genres, including rock, blues and country. Music fans found themselves singing and dancing all through the night, and that's just what even organizer Robin Waldinger was hoping for.

"The Port Authority is really pleased that 8 Great Tuesdays has become a staple of the bayfront, a staple of the Erie community,” Waldinger said. “We're proud to bring it to them every year.  Again, it's still a free event and that's thanks to the port authority and a variety of sponsors. The community has really backed the event to make it a free event.”

As 8 Great Tuesdays moves into its 15 year at Liberty Park, Waldinger says the event has gotten bigger and better every week.

"We're pleased that we have gone from a crowd of 200 the first night seeing Jake's Blues to crowds of 5,000-to-7,000 every Tuesday, people coming to the bayfront and clogging the Bayfront Parkway,” she said.

12 News’ Mike Ruzzi and Amanda Post found their way into the fun as they introduced the all-star acts. 8 Great Tuesdays continues next week as Allman Brothers tribute band Blue Sky and Tommy Steele Band take the stage.
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