The mayor proposed a three-year contract for a new producer – Up All Night Productions. The previous producer was the Springut Group. Up All Night also beat out Sahlen’s Stadium, which submitted a proposal.
Here’s an explanation of why the city went with Up All Night in legislation sent to City Council:
The Up All Night proposal demonstrated creativity by collaborating with another promoter with a contemporary flair, Dan Smalls Presents, Inc., of Ithaca. Both entities book regularly operating, year-round venues and are in constant touch with agents. They book Oswego’s Harborfest and a concert series in Cooperstown and are able to block book artists, potentially attracting bigger artists for less money. The Up All Night proposal also focused on enhancements to elevate Party in the Park as an event experience, not just a weekly concert. Buskers, an on-site green team recycling program, and incorporation of local visual artists, and food vending enhancements are some ideas included in the proposal.
The Party in the Park concerts have struggled to find a footing since moving to a parking lot along Exchange St. several years ago and charging a $2 admission fee.
In 2011, 32,000 people attended the concerts – a 40 percent drop from the year before. This year, attendance was up to 36,900.
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