Thank You: Summer Concert Series 2016

After a memorable eight weeks of our Picnic in the Parkway summer concert series, our incredible summer season is beginning to draw to a close. With only a few weeks left to enjoy the freedom and warmth of the season, we’d like to thank all of those who attended our shows throughout the past few months.

Looking back, our series began on June 22nd with an impressive jazz set from the Bobby Militello Quartet. The band set high expectations for the duration of the series, and left a positive impression on those attending for the first time. In addition, concertgoers were pleasantly
surprised to find Lloyd’s Taco Truck and Frank’s Gourmet Hot Dogs on site for each performance; there is something about a Buffalo summer that makes the food taste even better. The first show also initiated a new crowd favorite, our talented pre-show entertainment. The audience was treated to a vivacious dance from Amor and Heritage, a local diversity and culture dance group.

As the weeks progressed, we were astounded to see the exponential increase in attendance each week. The news spread fast that the best place to be on a Tuesday night was right on the parkway. We brought sounds of rock and roll, folk, jazz, and more to the Elmwood stage, and received praises for the family-friendly atmosphere and entertainment. Additionally, this year’s uncommon yet idyllic summer weather completed the perfect conditions for a successful summer concert series. Each Tuesday, we were met with sunshine and a gorgeous sunset to conclude the night.

With sounds to satisfy everyone’s preference, the energy of the crowd became elated through the duration of each show. Children and seniors alike displayed energetic dance moves and artistic expression from start to end. Needless to say, everyone in attendance was happy to show their hometown pride and relax with friends. When Dee Adams and Her Band took the stage on July 19th, the Elmwood Village brought even more hometown pride to the show. Music and sports fans both experienced a memorable night when Buffalo native Niko Davis of the Kansas City Chiefs enjoyed the concert with us. Fans got the chance to take photos and talk with the NFL defensive lineman throughout the show.

As its namesake suggests, the picnics at Picnic in the Parkway could only be described as enviable and elaborate. Since week one, extravagant setups and food spreads multiplied on the parkway, creating the perfect melting pot of Buffalo cuisine. From hanging chandeliers to taper candles and Thanksgiving-style seating, the bar was set very high for next year’s picnic architects.

Despite the inevitable end to one of our most popular annual traditions, we are already looking forward to new and exciting events to enjoy with the neighborhood. Once again, we’d like to thank our incredible sponsors, volunteers, bands, and pre-show entertainment for contributing to a highly valued and loved tradition in the Elmwood Village. Furthermore, we’d like to extend a big thank you to those who gave generous donations during intermission at the shows; your gifts will help the series continue and prosper, in addition to other favorite events throughout the year. Thanks for a great season!