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Thursday @ Canalside | BP Rocks Canalside 2013

Once Thursday in the Park (1987)… now Thursday at Canalside.
Once Buffalo Place rocks the Harbor… now Buffalo Place Rocks Canalside.
New event names for a fresh 2013 Buffalo Place concert season. Thursday at Canalside kicks off on Thursday, June 6 with The Hold Steady and Hollerado. Eighteen consecutive Thursdays ending with Lotus August 29. Starting time 5:00PM, until 9:30PM. Free admission to all of these. 
Also there are six Buffalo Place Rocks Canalside shows in late June, July and August. Doors open at 6PM for these shows. They are all Friday-Saturday pairings. Tentatively Saturday August 31 concert is to be announced in the future. Something new this year, the weekend July 26-27 shows are free, in the past there was a charge to see weekend shows.
Where is it? Where do I park?
Canalside is in the heart of downtown Buffalo, the Inner Harbor. If you take the train from the north, just get off at the last stop, at the First Niagara Center. Look toward Canada and Lake Erie, and there you are. 
Parking is free if you can find it. If not, there is a nice map of parking spots right here. On the map, you can find the concert site next to Erie Canal Harbor. 
How do I get updates about concerts via text and app? 
To receive texts about alerts, promotions, updates and concert reminders (a great way to wake up my friends, thank you) join the Concert Club by texting BPLACE to 25827 (Data charges may apply). 
To get times, locations, maps, and more get your free app get on your smartphone and go to
Shows to check out… my own bucket list to see this summer:
Thursday June 13 indie rock and neo-psychedelia Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.
Thursday July 18 Texan Chicano power rockers Los Lonely Boys. I remember when they were scheduled to headline at Thursday at the Square a couple of years ago, they got rained out, and performed anyway at the Lafayette Tap Room. 
Thursday July 25 who can ever forget their last visit to Western New York a few years ago when 80s English New Wavers The Fixx performed in North Tonawanda at Gateway Park.
Friday July 26th opener Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad (Panda!), psychedelic roots reggae from nearby Rochester, NY seems like they may break out nationally. They open for the Wailers, sadly without Bob Marley and other original members as noted in the comment section of this post. But… still great reggae artists with a quarter of a billion in record sales.
Buffalo Rising reader, what shows are you looking forward to in this year’s lineup?
Buffalo Place has announced the line-up for Thursday @ Canalside and Buffalo Place Rocks Canalside. 
The free Thursday @ Canalside concert series looks like this:
June 6th:  The Hold Steady and Hollerado
June 13th:  Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
June 20th:  Steven Page 
June 27th:  Teddy Riley and Blackstreet featuring Dave Hollister 
July 11th:  G. Love & Special Sauce and The Joy Formidable
July 18th: Los Lonely Boys
July 25th:  The Fixx 
August 1st:  Yonder Mountain String Band and Railroad Earth
August 8th:  Halestorm
August 15th:  An Evening with Todd Rundgren
August 22nd:  Adam Ant and The Good, The Mad & The Lovely Posse
August 29th:  Lotus
And Buffalo Place Rocks the Harbor looks like this:
Friday, June 28th: Counting Crows and The Wallflowers
$16.00 in Advance, $20.00 Day of Show On Sale Now   
Saturday, June 29th: Kem
$15.00 in Advance, $20.00 Day of Show On Sale Now 
Friday, July 26th: The Wailers and Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad – Free!
Saturday, July 27th: Bel Biv Devoe – Free!
Friday, August 30th: Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo with special guest Eric Burdon
$15.00 in Advance, $20.00 Day of Show (On Sale Friday, May 17th at 10:00 a.m.)
Tickets are available at
To charge by phone, call 1-888-223-6000. Tickets for the shows are also available at Buffalo Place Inc., located at 671 Main Street, Monday through Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (no service charges in person at Buffalo Place).
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  • The Boss

    attempted to go a couple times last year but just to damn packed, security gaurds blocking walkways, fights and a real long line for crappy beer, on the uptick we have the music at Larkin and River Park. Something for everyone I guess.

  • DMZ

    May be one of the weaker lineups I’ve seen in a while.

  • bobbyraz49

    Need more classic rock !!

  • ivan putski jr

    I’ve never experienced fights there as some are saying…and it didn’t seem too crowded either now that it’s not a Lafayette square anymore….the crappy beer is correct but they rarely serve good beer at any sort of event….I even think the lineup is halfway decent. Railroad Earth is probably the highlight but also looking forward to the Wailers …minus Bob, Peter Tosh,Bunny,Rita and many more of the original lineup.

  • Chris

    Here’s hoping for great weather! Wish I was in town for Edwin Sharpe!
    Crowds and traffic is exactly what we want. Complaints on those issues are welcome!
    Tourism bureau should really leverage these free concerts (Square, Lockport, and Artpark). Other cities you are paying $20-40 a ticket to see these shows. Instead of paying that money in your town, why not use the money on gas and do a little vacation to WNY!?

  • Jimbuffalo

    It’s music, people. It’s free. Sheesh.
    I’ve not seen any fights, the venue is awesome, you can seek out decent beer if you know where to look.
    Qwitcherbitchin’, Buffalo.

  • LouisTully

    Although last year’s lineup was way better, I personally don’t care. Because all I know Rimas Musteikis is the coolest name I’ve seen in a long time.

  • Little Z

    Went to see the Mighty Mighty Bostones last year, which I believe was one of the larger crowds. Saw no fights. Not to say there weren’t any, but if there were they were isolated. The crowd was great! Also, if you want more quality beer, we did not have any trouble getting one at the Liberty Hound.
    Finally, parking is great if you are on a motorcycle. Showed up and the cop waived us right through. Premium parking. I’m not saying it is fair, but if you have a bike, I suggest that is the best way to get down there.

  • Slu

    To each his own. I was thinking that the Thursday lineup was the best in years.

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