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Village works out details of heavy-metal show

June 30, 2010
By JESSICA COLLIER, Enterprise Staff Writer

TUPPER LAKE - The village board agreed Tuesday to let organizers hold a two-day heavy-metal music festival in the Municipal Park.

The festival, which has about 30 metal, hardcore and punk bands booked to play July 16 and 17, was originally supposed to be held in the former Oval Wood Dish factory. That building proved too expensive to bring up to code, though, so organizer Scott Gravlin decided the best solution was to move it to the park. What was originally called Warehouse Warzone became Waterfront Warzone.

At a special meeting Tuesday, Gravlin met with village board members, police Chief Tom Fee, public works Superintendent Mike Sparks, electrical Superintendent John Bouck and Code Enforcement Officer Pete Edwards to iron out the details of the plan.

Gravlin said that although he originally hoped to point speakers toward Raquette Pond, he grew concerned about wind coming off the pond and has changed the plan. Now, he said, the stage would be situated between the park's pavilion and Demars Boulevard, facing the ball field, with speakers angled toward the pond.

He also said he plans to park tractor-trailers along the boulevard to deflect the noise and to keep people from listening to the shows without paying.

Gravlin said he has about 30 volunteers he plans to use for security, and Fee said he'd like to meet with them before the weekend of the show. Fee also said the rescue squad is concerned about concert attendees swimming, so security workers should know that swimming is off limits, and signs should be posted to make that clear.

The board gave Gravlin approval to run the shows from noon to 2 a.m. both days. Mayor Mickey Desmarais said that if that's a problem, they'll make sure it ends earlier next year, since Gravlin hopes to make the festival a yearly event.

"It's going to be a learning experience for all of us," Desmarais said.

The concert is billed as alcohol and drug free, and Gravlin said he was concerned about people going to the bar across the street, then coming back to the concert.

Desmarais said that shouldn't be a problem as long as they aren't bringing drinks back. Fee said open-container laws could be strictly enforced at the park.

Gravlin said he plans to have at least 10 portable toilets, plus the park's bathrooms, available for use. Sparks agreed to set up bleachers and allow use of village trash cans.

Bouck said he would need specific schematics for the concert's electric requirements, which Gravlin said he would provide later this week.

Gravlin said he expects to set up the concert that Thursday or Friday, then clean up after it the following Sunday.

"As long as the weather's nice, I think it's going to be a good turnout," Gravlin said.

For more information about the festival or to buy tickets, go to or call Gravlin's store, Radikal Rekreation, at 518-359-5086.


Contact Jessica Collier at (518) 891-2600 ext. 25 or



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