The Ultimate Sunday Funday: Woodlawn Beach Monthly DJ Series

Music, Nightlife, Things to Do


Written by Brett Llenos Smith

Published on June 1, 2015
Photo from Woodlawn Beach Facebook

Photo from Woodlawn Beach’s Facebook

Woodlawn Beach is just 10 miles from downtown Buffalo, but if the vibe is just right – it can feel a world away.

With its monthly BEACH PARTY Sunday evening DJ series, MNM Presents is hoping to transport Western New Yorkers to that far-away place, whether it be the beaches of South Beach, Barcelona or Ibiza.

Traditionally, Sundays have been known for religion and lounging the day away – but with the rise of “Sunday Funday” we’ve also seen moderate amounts of alcohol get thrown into the mix. MNM founder Mike Marshall recently told me that this upcoming DJ series aims to unite all three of these elements to give beach-goers a transcendent experience that serves as the perfect way to wrap up their weekend.

“We’re looking for kind of that Sunday kick-back vibe, that beach vibe,” he said.

With a rotating cast of veteran DJs, beach goers will have great music soundtracking their volleyball game during the day or campfire-lit dance party after the sun goes down.

“You know, you can shuffle your feet a little but if you want, but if you wanna kick back by the fire with your friends and just chill you can do that too,” Marshall said.

He said DJs for the monthly series will be playing “deeper, funkier” music, meaning you might hear anything from acid jazz to old-school Stevie Wonder to disco that wouldn’t have sounded out of place at Studio 54. Marshall also said people coming out to hear the harder sounds of dubstep and drum-and-bass might be a little disappointed.

“We’re gonna try and keep it light for the summer, ya know,” Marshall said, noting that dubstep and drum-and-bass can be a little too “down the rabbit hole” for many people’s tastes. Currently in his mid 30s, the former raver noted that many of his peers from the old party scene now have kids and the beach party series will keep the music at a ‘friendly’ level.

He went on to say that people coming out won’t have to know the latest obscure remixes coming out of Berlin or London to have a good time. Marshall did note that the DJs won’t be taking requests, or playing beach music along the lines of Jimmy Buffett or the Zac Brown Band.

Woodlawn Beach

Woodlawn Beach

In addition to the music, people can get both food and drinks from the Woodlawn Tiki Bar. With one bar right on the beach, you won’t even have to put shoes on to get a drink.

The monthly parties are expected to be held “sprinkle or shine,” meaning any strong storms coming through could cause a cancellation. The music is scheduled to start at 6 p.m., and Marshall said the end of the night is “pretty wide open.”

“We’re there until you’re not there,” he said, which could make for some bleary-eyed Monday mornings.



@ Woodlawn Beach State Park

June 14, July 5, August 16, September 6

6 p.m.


Parking costs $7/car because it’s a state park.


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Written by <a href="" target="_self">Brett Llenos Smith</a>

Written by Brett Llenos Smith

Brett Llenos Smith is a freelance writer based in Buffalo’s Allentown neighborhood who has been covering local food and culture for Step Out Buffalo over the past six years. As someone with a multi-ethnic background, he has a passion for exploring and understand the many diverse corners of Western New York.
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