Chautauqua Lake Pops To Make Debut In June

From left, Mayville Village Mayor Ken Shearer, Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello, Chautauqua Lake Pops Communications Director Michael Ferguson and Mayville Trustee Ben Webb stand in front of the future site of Chautauqua Lake Pops, a concert series on a floating stage that will begin this summer. P-J photo by Eric Zavinski

MAYVILLE — Bemus Bay Pops was missed last year for those who’ve flocked to the floating stage, but for residents and visitors wanting a return to form at a new location, Chautauqua Lake Pops will begin in Mayville in June.

The summer concert series will operate similarly to how Bemus Bay Bops has in past years, with various performances throughout the summer months. This time, the shows will take place behind The Depot in Mayville.

“This is an exciting time right now,” Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello said in a press conference Friday. “The Pops series was an amazing economic driver for Chautauqua Lake for many years, and so many people were sad to see it go away. And now, we have this amazing rebirth.”

Borrello shared enthusiasm along with Mayville Village Mayor Ken Shearer, Trustee Ben Webb and Chautauqua Lake Pops Communications Director Michael Ferguson that both energy and positive economic influence will be bolstered by the rebranded music series.

“I am very excited to welcome Chautauqua Lake Pops to its new home here in Mayville,” Shearer said. “The village board has worked hard to bring this great opportunity to fruition, and we are looking forward to their opening on June 29.”

“It has been a long dry spell since we’ve had the floating stage on the lake,” Ferguson said. “We’re looking forward to having it back again.”

Ferguson said the economic impact has been $12 million to $14 million each summer.

He also said that the process to find a new site for the program began last year with former Mayor Marty Bova, and the process continued with Shearer when he was sworn in this year. A public hearing process last month, Shearer said, garnered almost universally positive reception to the idea of the Pops series coming to Mayville.

“We knew this was where we really wanted to be,” Ferguson said. “And that we thought it’d be most successful for everyone. … This is a great, great destination year-round.”

The June 29 show will feature Absolute Journey, a well-known Journey cover band. A Fourth of July concert event is also planned. Tickets can soon be purchased at

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