In-person summer festivities make a comeback one month out from the Taste of Buffalo

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A new summer event is bringing people back together again.

“Jazz on the Plaz” at Seneca One is a Friday night summer series with live music, food and drinks.

“Having this location, it’s fantastic, let alone the group is wonderful. Absolutely wonderful,” said Mary Kerr, who was happy to be out and about again.

Attending is free, and it’s a dog friendly and family friendly event.

Jazz Buffalo put on the show for the inaugural eve.

“First of all, the opportunity to bring our community together after being in isolation for over a year,” said Tony Zambito, executive director of Jazz Buffalo. “So what a better way to do this than with live music and food and drinks, and just the ability to be together.”

Seneca One’s Jazz on the Plaz will evolve. Friday did, in fact, feature jazz music, but in the future, Douglas Development is planning Sinatra, Elvis, and country music nights.

Barbara Carson was just thrilled to see live music again.

“Love it, love it. We’re big music fans, so it was hard not to go out to hear music,” she said.

Douglas Development’s Director of Business Development, Sean Heidinger, said the goal of this event is to provide a fun atmosphere for the business district for to meet up, relax, network, and collaborate.

“Douglas says it himself,” Heidinger said. “After the last pandemic was the Roaring 20s, and we want to get that going right away at Seneca One.”

A few blocks away, city leaders are getting ready to bring back one of Buffalo’s most popular summer festivals.

“Nothing beats being back in Niagara Square and soaking up the amazing Taste of Buffalo atmosphere live and in person. For many Taste goers, this will be the first large-scale event they have attended since 2019,” Mayor Byron Brown said.

The main difference this year is that you can’t just walk into the July 10 and 11 event. You must buy tickets for one of four, four-hour sessions. Tickets for Saturday’s special Tops early afternoon session can only be purchased at Tops Markets. Tickets for late Saturday afternoon and both of Sunday’s sessions can be bought online on the Taste of Buffalo website.

“We will have 26 restaurants and food trucks, two New York State wineries, Coca-cola and Labatt products will be available throughout the event. So from sweet to savory, this year’s restaurants will satisfy all of your taste buds,” said Amber Hartman, the 2021 Taste of Buffalo chairperson.

And still another nod to normal, Porchfest makes its return to the Elmwood Village this Saturday, with live performances scheduled throughout neighborhoods from Allentown up to Buffalo State College.

Erica Brecher is an anchor and reporter who has been part of the News 4 team since 2018. See more of her work here.

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