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MGM Announces Free July 4th Concert In Springfield

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MGM Resorts is flexing its marketing muscles in advance of the July 16th voter referendum on its Springfield casino project. 

MGM is sponsoring a free July 4th concert in Springfield by the Commodores, who had a string of hits on legendary Motown records  in the ‘70s and ‘80s.   MGM Vice President  of Public Affairs, Kelley Tucky said the company has committed to underwrite a dozen shows a year in Springfield  if it wins the competition for the lone casino license in western Massachusetts.

The Commodores concert will be part of the traditional July 4th festivities, including fireworks, produced by the non-profit Spirit of Springfield.  MGM needs voter approval on July 16th for its $800 million casino project before it can apply for state license.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.