Here's Who's Playing at River Fest Park This Summer

Live Music, Music, Things to Do


Written by Emily Morrow

Published on April 29, 2016

River Fest Park Concert Series

Photo from River Fest Park’s Facebook

Recently the Valley Community Association unveiled the 2016 Buffalo River Fest Park summer concert schedule. This popular, free, family-friendly waterfront music series presents its sixth season (!!) of Wednesday evening events from 6:30pm until 10pm, beginning June 1st and running through September 7th.
“Buffalo River Fest Park is abuzz with exciting new projects,” said VCA Executive Director Peg Overdorf. “The weekly concerts are a family-friendly way to enjoy the many developments happening on our waterfront. We are looking forward to welcoming thousands of Western New York residents and visitors to our park for another season of the concert series.”
The concert series kicks-off with the wide ranging song list of “Getting Better” on June 1st, followed by party rockers “Screaming Pineapples” on June 8th.  The Beatles tribute band “Back Beat ‘64” make their Buffalo River Fest Park debut on June 15th and one of the area’s premier pop rock bands “Wide Right” hit the stage on June 22nd.  WNY favorite “Crash Cadillac” closes out the month of June on the 29th.
Buffalo’s best classic pop band “Flip Side” are set to perform on July 6th and “Buffalo Five” are scheduled for a performance on July 13th.  Relive the sights and sounds of the ‘70’s with “Disco Duck” on July 20th while the band for July 27th will be announced shortly.
Local country music favorite “West of the Mark” hit the stage on August 3rd and classic and modern rock band “Krossfire” make their first appearance at the park on August 10th.  Eight piece, multi-genre band “JJ Swing” are set to perform on August 17th and the versatile “Breakaway” play on August 24th.  “Crash Cadillac” makes a second stop at the concert series on August 31st and the series will conclude on September 7th with a yet to be determined musical act.
In addition to the Wednesday night schedule, the annual Independence Day celebration will be held on Sunday, July 3rd and will feature acoustic rocker “Bill LaRusch”.
The full concert schedule is listed below:
Wednesday Night Concert Series (Buffalo River Fest Park) – 6:30pm-10pm
June 1st – “Getting Better”
June 8th – “Screaming Pineapples”
June 15th – “Back Beat ‘64”
June 22nd – “Wide Right”
June 29th – “Crash Cadillac”
July 3rd – “Bill LaRusch” (*Sunday event)
July 6th – “Flip Side”
July 13th – “The Buffalo 5”
July 20th – “Disco Duck”
July 27th – To be announced
August 3rd – “West of the Mark”
August 10th – “Krossfire”
August 17th – “JJ Swing”
August 24th – “Breakaway”
August 31st – “Crash Cadillac”
September 7th – To be announced
Buffalo River Fest Park is located at 249 Ohio Street, Buffalo, NY 14204.  Parking is free and widely available.  No personal coolers are allowed at the park; however, refreshments are available for purchase, with proceeds supporting park maintenance and other riverfront development efforts.  Lawn chairs and blankets are recommended.  Rain will force concert cancellations, so please check the Buffalo River Fest Park and Valley Community Center Facebook pages for updates.  In addition, updates will be posted on Twitter @VCAssociation and @BfloRFPark.
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Written by <a href="" target="_self">Emily Morrow</a>

Written by Emily Morrow

Emily is co-founder and Director of Storytelling at Step Out Buffalo. Her favorite things to do are eat, travel, and think up business ideas. Emily is originally from Hamburg, NY and her out of town friends will tell you that she loves to talk about Buffalo any chance she gets.
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