Pauly D concert eyed for Maple Ridge
ROTTERDAM From the Jersey Shore to the slopes of the Maple Ski Ridge, Pauly D is ready to kick it in Rotterdam this summer.
The reality television star and popular disc jockey is on tap to spin a show at the small ski area on June 21. The all-day event, expected to draw up to 3,000 people, will feature Paul “DJ Pauly D” DelVecchio and other mix masters from around the country, according to paperwork filed with the town’s Department of Public Works earlier this month.
The event is being organized by Loyalty Entertainment, a promotion company that put on a 2008 concert in Albany that featured rap stars 50 Cent and LL Cool J. The company suggested the concert in Rotterdam could help benefit a local organization, such as the Boys & Girls Club or the town’s youth soccer league.
But there’s a catch. Town officials weren’t satisfied with the information provided by Loyalty and refused to schedule the necessary public hearing the company would need to secure a mass-gathering permit through the town.
DelVecchio was initially slated to perform at the Washington Avenue Armory in Albany earlier this month. But the event was postponed several days before it was scheduled after the city decided raves and dance parties hosted by the venue violated zoning regulations.
“Pauly D and Loyalty entertainment have made the decision to keep the fans fist pumping at a later date to ensure a full experience at a later date,” the company posted on its Facebook page. “Since the City shutdown, all promotional outlets were ceased, due to the uncertainty of whether or not the Armory would be able to host concerts.”
In Rotterdam, board members shot down a resolution calling for a public hearing by a 4-1 vote Wednesday. Robert Godlewski was the only board member to vote in favor of the hearing.
Loyalty submitted a two-page description detailing the event. It included the number of security, the number of ambulances and when the ski area would be cleared of crowds, among other details.
Deputy Supervisor Wayne Calder said the rejection was simply a formality because Paul Pagan, a principal with Loyalty, didn’t submit enough details about the event to satisfy members of the Town Board. He said the company simply needs to complete the proper paperwork so that the town has assurance the event will go smoothly.
“Once they do it right, they’re covered and we’re also covered,” he said.
Other board members were skeptical about the type of event being planned for Maple. Nicola DiLeva said she remains unconvinced that the teenage and young adult fans attending the event will be safe.
“Before we put it on, I want to make sure that Rotterdam wants this,” she said. “And I’m not sure that this is something we want.”
Godlewski said he supported a hearing on the permit because he wants to gauge the public’s response. He said denying the company a hearing on the basis of paperwork or preconceived notions about the event sets a bad precedent for the town.
“It sends the wrong message,” he said.
Paul Pagan, a promoter with Loyalty, said he completed the documentations prescribed by the town and is hoping now the event will get due consideration. He’s hoping the added information will allay any concerns about the event.
“I’m not looking to have a rave,” he said Friday. “I’m just trying to put on a music concert at a private property.”
Maple has hosted concerts in the past, including some that have drawn significant crowds in excess of 1,000 people. Spokeswoman Kate Michener said the ski area will do everything necessary to make sure the concerns of the town are properly addressed.
“We are doing everything that the town is asking us to do to make this happen,” she said.