Weekly Feature



2018-07-11 / Business

M&T Bank launches 49th season of lunchtime concerts

M&T Bank recently announced the 49th anniversary season of its Plaza Event Series.

The 11-week concert series is the longest-running free concert series of its kind in the United States.

This year’s Plaza Event Series, which carries the slogan “Brighten Up Your Day,” will feature 54 performances this summer. It began June 11, with the season’s last performance scheduled for Aug. 24. Six new acts have been added to the lineup, and several favorites will continue their longtime streaks of Plaza Event Series appearances.

For the fourth year running, the season will feature local food trucks each weekday, including The Flaming Fish on Mondays, Chef’s on Tuesdays, Cheesy Chick on Wednesdays, The Blend on Thursdays and Dickey’s BBQ Pit on Fridays.

When One M&T Plaza was designed, its architect envisioned the outdoor plaza becoming a gathering place for downtown Buffalo. One year after the building opened, the Plaza Event Series began and fulfilled the plaza’s historic intended purpose.

M&T Bank is encouraging the public to use #PlazaEventSeries to share their photos, video and memories on social media.

The full list of remaining artists for the 2018 concert series is as follows:

• Thursday, July 12 — Ultraviolet

• Friday, July 13 — Carnival Kids Steel Orchestra

• Monday, July 16 — Anatara

• Tuesday, July 17 — Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (Note: Begins at 11:45 a.m.)

• Wednesday, July 18 — Only Humen

• Thursday, July 19 — Taylor Made Jazz

• Friday, July 20 — McCarthyizm

• Monday, July 23 — “In Jest” Comedy Variety Show with Nels Ross

• Tuesday, July 24 — Fat Brat

• Wednesday, July 25 — Queen City Swing

• Thursday, July 26 — Colleen Williams and The Bobby Jones Trio

• Friday, July 27 — Metropolitan Voices of Unity

• Monday, July 30 — Joseph Michael Mahfoud Band

• Tuesday, July 31 — Big Wheelie & The Hubcaps

• Wednesday, Aug. 1 — Jim Tudini Big Band

• Thursday, Aug. 2 — Breakaway

• Friday, Aug. 3 — African American Cultural Center’s Dance & Drum Performance

Company

• Monday, Aug. 6 — David Kane’s Them Jazzbeards

• Tuesday, Aug. 7 — Ramblin’ Lou Family Band from WXRL Radio

• Wednesday, Aug. 8 — Caribbean Extravaganza

• Thursday, Aug. 9 — JJ Swing

• Friday, Aug. 10 — Denzel Ward & The Cool Platinum Band

• Monday, Aug. 13 — Boys of Summer

• Tuesday, Aug. 14 — The Rod Nickson Project

• Wednesday, Aug. 15 — The Kensingtons

• Thursday, Aug. 16 — Joyryde & The Hitmen Horns

• Friday, Aug. 17— Terry Buchwald’s Tribute to Elvis

• Monday, Aug. 20 — Unity Band

• Tuesday, Aug. 21 — Mike Randall & Friends

• Wednesday, Aug. 22 — Dave Constantino Band

• Thursday, Aug. 23 — The Lake Effect

• Friday, Aug. 24 — SuperCharger

For further information about the series or becoming a performer in the 2019 lineup, call 842-5237.

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