The Downtown Central Library is hosting a music event inside and outside on its front “patio” on Wednesday, May 8. Although this may be a “one off” fundraiser, the idea of having live music back at Lafayette Square is very appealing. The front promenade of The Library is perfect for such events, and up until recently has been completely underutilized.
At one point tables and chairs were set up so that visitors to Fables Restaurant could eat outside. That was an awesome idea. Unfortunately it didn’t last long – I heard that panhandlers discovered that the diners were “easy pickings”, and the plug was pulled on the patio dining idea. If that’s true, then you would have thought that one security guard would have done the trick.
Regardless, last summer chess tables were brought out onto the promenade for select days (see here), and now we’re seeing a live music event announced. And don’t forget that this year echo Art Fair is to e held at the site. I hope that this signals additional programming efforts outside during the summertime. To breath life into the sprawling front entrance of The Library would be a huge step towards making the building a more vibrant destination in Downtown Buffalo.
While this is a ticketed event, a free ongoing concert series would also be a money maker that could help to raise funds for programming (through food and drink sales).