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Thursday at The Square Schedule — Eight Concerts Rock the Harbor

The lineups are out. The anticipation is over. The schedule for the 23rd season of Thursday at the Square has finally been unveiled. I still remember the first one, back when it was called Thursday in the Park, on grass parking lots at the corner of Main and Chippewa, before the Key Towers were built. Later on 1993 brought the Goo Goo Dolls. In 1995 the 10,000 Maniacs performed, with at least that many fans.

                                    Thursdays are from 5pm to 9pm this year 

There are drastic changes from last year. The Lafayette Square portion, which takes place at Main and Court streets between the Library and City Hall, is on Thursdays from May 28 to July 30 (last year that part went almost to October). Music starts a little earlier on Thursdays this year too, going from 5 to 9pm, versus 6 to 10pm last year. Major sponsors this year are M & T Bank and Labatt Blue Light. Beverages remain at $3.00 each.

                                        ECHCW? What’s That?

And then there is this year’s Buffalo Rocks the Harbor. Previously these were events that took place on the grounds of Shanghai Red’s, and before that Crawdaddy’s. Then last year, the beautiful Erie Canal Harbor Central Wharf rolled out (need an acronym for that one), and everybody that I talked to absolutely loved it. So much so that some folks thought that this year ALL of the Thursday concerts would go harborside. It might be a little early for that though, with suburban folks just getting used to the new ECHCF (is that even an acronym? Lets get a ruling from the acronym police). Someday perhaps…

                               Who would you like to see play in Buffalo next year?

The Buffalo Rocks the Harbor events this year are all consecutive day concerts, either Friday-Saturday, or Saturday-Sunday, starting at 5pm. Tickets for the weekend concerts are $10 presale, $20 day of concert. Capacity for the venue is 6,000. Music fans please do let us know (for our own curiosity) who you would like to see at Lafayette Square or at the Erie Canal Harbor Central Wharf next year… I would really love to hear what you think!

                                        And away we go!

Without any further ado, here is the schedule. Headliners are listed first. Thursdays unless otherwise noted. And only Thursdays are free. If you want to sample a headliner’s music, just click on the band link and you should be able to hear some of the band’s selections. Enjoy. I hope to see you out there! Ticketmaster for ticket information.

May 28 Gomez with Steel Train and Alberta Cross

June 4 The Disco Biscuits

June 11 Robert Randolph & The Family Band and The Dana Fuchs Band

June 18 Better Than Ezra and Tyrone Wells

June 25 Los Lobos

Friday June 26 Medeski Martin & Wood and Umphrey’s McGee
Saturday June 27 Joan Osborne and Yonder Mountain String Band

July 2 Zappa Plays Zappa

July 9 Los Lonely Boys

July 16 George Clinton & Parliament / Funkadelic

Saturday July 18 The Robert Cray Band with The John Hammond Trio and Indigenous
Sunday July 19 The Black Crowes

July 23 Neko Case

July 30 The Avett Brothers and Cornmeal

Saturday August 1 Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers and Martin Sexton
Sunday August 2 Gov’t Mule

Friday September 4 The Wallflowers and Tea Leaf Green
Saturday September 5 Great Big Sea and Kathleen Edwards and Jeremy Fisher


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