BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - It's not going to be the same old Thursday this year. Buffalo Place's summer concert series is leaving Lafayette Square, and moving to Canalside. Buffalo Place tested out the concept of live music on the wharf last summer, and it worked so well, organizers say, that they're making the move, permanently.
Buffalo Place Executive Director Michael Schmand said, "If you think of Thursday at the Square at Lafayette Square: great memories. But how many people would be a promoter that would say, 'Well, in the middle of this concert, let's put a monument up?' 'Let's have a trolley running back and forth.' So, I think this was a natural move."
Many Buffalo music lovers tended to agree.
Kevin Quinn said, "I think it's great. There's a lot more room down here; you see better, I think; and for crowd control it's probably better."
"When it was at the Square, a whole bunch of random people that didn't listen to the music came, but now, since it's at the harbor more people that actually care about the music go," said Shimire Foots.
Interference from radio stations inside the Rand Building is another reason band members may be happy about the move. Bands would often complain of hearing radio signals in their earpieces.
Security is also easier to enforce at Canalside. Rather than coming at the Square from all sides, concert-goers will now enter one way - through the bridge.
With an average crowd of 10,000 people, moving from the Square to Canalside will make the difference between claustrophobic, and comfortable. Jeffrey Shane agreed, "It's a better atmosphere. It'll be a lot more open, more room for people to mingle, instead of being scrunched together."
Schmand added, "Let's face it. We believe we outgrew Lafayette Square a few years ago. And this is just a great venue, on our waterfront."
Buffalo Place is planning 12 Thursday concerts this summer, the first one on June 7. The lineup will be announced on May 23. All 12 Thursday night concerts will remain free to the public.
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