Here’s a Shocker: No Surprises in 2015 SPAC Schedule
By Fred Furnace
Published February 23rd, 2015
SARATOGA – The Saratoga Performing Arts Center releases its summer calendar this week, and for the 20th consecutive season there are absolutely no changes whatsoever.
"People in upstate New York like what they like, if you know what I mean," said SPAC Program Director Jane O'Neil. "So we find the best approach is to make sure the schedule never changes, even if that means booking the same old crap year after year after year."
Capital Region Chamber of Commerce President Norman Nemmy agreed.
"For many of our local residents, it just isn't summer unless they can hear Abracadabra or Free Fallin' while enjoying their favorite box of wine on the SPAC lawn,” Nemmy said. “So it is important that the same performers come to SPAC every year. Otherwise, things just won't seem right, you know?"
SPAC's O'Neil assured local leaders last week that all the regular acts — including the Steve Miller Band and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers — will be part of the SPAC lineup this summer. According to O’Neil, the last time the SPAC schedule changed was 1995, and that was only because Jerry Garcia died.
"Obviously, losing the Grateful Dead threw a big wrench in our standard lineup that year," she added. "But sometimes you get lucky. We were able to plug Phish in to that slot and we haven't had to make any changes since. The schedule has been exactly the same since 1995, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon."
In addition to Steve Miller, Tom Petty, and Phish, area music lovers will once again be treated to Dave Matthews, Steely Dan, James Taylor, The Moody Blues, Chicago, REO Speedwagon, the Doobie Brothers, Fleetwood Mac, and “80’s Metal Mania” featuring Motley Crue, Ratt, Poison and Def Leppard.
There will also be plenty of performances by the NYC Ballet. "You know, as filler," noted O'Neil.
The official SPAC schedule will be available online at SPAC’s website starting Friday, and will be reprinted ad nauseam on the back of Price Chopper paper bags all spring and summer.