Schenectady SummerNight 2017 drew more than 20,000 people the city’s downtown district Friday night, flooding State Street with revelers from throughout the Capital District who came to watch Blues Traveler perform and a fireworks display at the annual summer block party.
Schenectady County District 3 Legislator Cathy Gatta said the event, now in its 10th year, is always a success, but even more so this year as the city is cresting a wave of economic progress.
Gatta said energy is being generated in the city by the recent introduction of ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft, the opening of Rivers Casino in February, and the several new bars, breweries and restaurants popping up in the city.
“Everything is a positive move forward. You see one positive thing happen in Schenectady and people say ‘Oh, they have that now? Let’s try this new thing here,’” she said.
Gatta, who chairs the county’s tourism and arts committee, said last year the crowd only thickened when the Gin Blossoms were about to take the stage. This year, around 5 p.m. when the event started, she said “I turned that corner onto State Street and there was already a sea of people.”
Gatta credited the county’s special events director, Jason Lecuyer, for booking Blues Traveler this year and contributing to the event’s success. In addition to the headliner, Lecuyer managed to get three area breweries to collaborate on a “SummerNight Ale.”
“He’s just really good at getting people to work together,” she said.
Lecuyer said the event would not be possible without the dozens of volunteers who show up…
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