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2022 `Plaza Event Series` courtesy of M&T Bank.
2022 "Plaza Event Series" courtesy of M&T Bank.

M&T Bank's 'Plaza Event Series' returns, bringing more live music to downtown Buffalo


Mon, Jun 12th 2023 12:20 pm

Longest-running free concert series of its kind offers 10 straight weeks of outdoor events at One M&T Plaza

Press Release 

M&T Bank announced the “Plaza Event Series” will return for its 54th season, once again bringing live music and adding to the vibrancy of downtown Buffalo. From June 13 through Aug. 17, M&T invites the community to join it outside the headquarters at One M&T Plaza for free lunchtime concerts from noon to 1 p.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

A press release stated, “As the nation’s longest-running concert series of its kind, the ‘Plaza Event Series’ has a celebrated history of featuring a wide variety of music and performers across pop, jazz, rock, classical, comedy and more. While the music fills the air of downtown Buffalo’s streets, food trucks will also be on-site for lunch.”

M&T Bank Western New York Regional President Eric Feldstein said, “Nothing compares to the beautiful summers in Western New York, and there’s no better way to enjoy time outside during the workday in downtown Buffalo than with the ‘Plaza Event Series.’ Since it began in 1969, this concert series has brought music and entertainment to the downtown Buffalo community, providing a welcoming and lively space for our community to come together, support local artists, and celebrate the city we call home.”

The 2023 concert lineup features community favorites, such as the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Beatlemagic, Terry Buchwald’s “Tribute to Elvis,” Old School B-Boys, and many more, while also introducing brand-new performers to the stage, including Silver Xtreme, Rock Angel Band, And We Worship Singers, Dark Horse Run and Boogie Monsters.

The “Plaza Event Series” also brings food trucks to Buffalo’s Main Street. Concertgoers can expect to see this lineup throughout the summer:

√ Tuesdays – KT Caribbean Cuisine

√ Wednesdays – Edgy Vegy Bflo

√ Thursdays – Cheesy Chick

“The stage at One M&T Plaza has been a gathering place in our community for 54 years, and it’s always exciting to see downtown Buffalo come alive each summer,” said Lynn Waclawek, M&T Bank employee experience program manager. “The lineup delivers a fun mix of local performers, and we encourage everyone who works or lives in downtown Buffalo – as well as people visiting our hometown – to join us. As we noted with this year’s ‘Plaza Event Series’ theme, ‘Let there be music.’ ”

M&T encourages everyone who attends the concerts to share photos, videos and other moments on their social media platforms through Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram using #PlazaEventSeries.

Along with the return of the “Plaza Event Series,” M&T has also welcomed back the “Thursday & Main” concert series through its sponsorship for another summer. Free concerts will occur every Thursday evening through the end of July in downtown Buffalo at Fountain Plaza from 5-8 p.m.

The full lineup of performers for the 2023 “Plaza Event Series” is listed below:

Buffalo Bisons’ Week:

√ Tuesday, June 13 – Flipside

√ Wednesday, June 14 – Westminster Community Charter School

√ Thursday, June 15 – Silver Xtreme

Buffalo’s Real Rock 92.9 WBUF Week

√ Tuesday, June 20 – Old School B-Boys

√ Wednesday, June 21 – Rock Angel Band

√ Thursday, June 22 – Creek Bend

Power 93.7 WBLK Week

√ Tuesday, June 27 – McCarthyizm

√ Wednesday, June 28 – Only Humen

√ Thursday, June 29 – Denzel Ward & The Cool Platinum Band

Buffalo Business First Week

√ Tuesday, July 4 – Bank holiday, no performance

√ Wednesday, July 5 – Bar-Room Buzzards

√ Thursday, July 6 – The Frankfurters

The Breeze 96.1 Feel Good Variety While You Work Week

√ Tuesday, July 11 – Carnival Kids Steel Orchestra

√ Wednesday, July 12 – George Scott Big Band

√ Thursday, July 13 – Breakaway

Buffalo Toronto Public Media Week

√ Tuesday, July 18 – Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (note: the show begins at 11:45 a.m.)

√ Wednesday, July 19 – Boys of Summer

√ Thursday, July 20 – And We Worship Singers

Buffalo Music Hall of Fame Week

√ Tuesday, July 25 – Rockin’ Robin

√ Wednesday, July 26 – Unity Band

√ Thursday, July 27 – Dave Constantino Band

The Buffalo News Week

√ Tuesday, Aug. 1 – Beatlemagic

√ Wednesday, Aug. 2 – Will Holton

√ Thursday, Aug. 3 – Dark Horse Run

7WKBW Week

√ Tuesday, Aug. 8 – Ramblin’ Lou Family Band from WXRL Radio

√ Wednesday, Aug. 9 – Mark Mazur and “The Little Big Band”

√ Thursday, Aug. 10 – Boogie Monsters

Buffalo’s New Country 106.5 WYRK Week

√ Tuesday, Aug. 15 – Taylor Made Jazz

√ Wednesday, Aug. 16 – Terry Buchwald’s “Tribute to Elvis”

√ Thursday, Aug. 17 – Allykat

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