The Times Square Merchant and Event Association will be putting its weekend live entertainment on hold until further notice (or until someone takes over the group). High Tide will celebrate its final sunset in Times Square Friday night from 6-10.
The organization, headed up by Pete’s Time Out owner John Lallo, has been bringing bands to the square for 10 years. Lallo, and his wife, Pete’s Time Out co-owner, Debbie Lallo, are retiring at the end of this year.
Lallo says, over the years, there were over 600 shows with over 30 different bands. “High Tide was the first band to play the Sunset Celebration in December of 2012, according to Lallo. “Scott Novello, Danny Shepard and Gary VanGorp, we thank you for sharing your incredible talents and entertaining the public consistently for all these years.”
Lallo also thanked all the people that contributed to the organization over the years.
The town of Fort Myers Beach plans to install a covered stage in Times Square when that block of downtown is completely renovated. Who will manage the entertainment when the stage is built has not been determined, nor has the timeline for when the construction will begin.