Concerts in the Park returns bigger and better
Summer is nearly here, and once again, performances at the bandshell in Sturges Park on Buffalo Lake will welcome community members of all ages for nights of enjoyable music. The free summer concerts are held Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., starting in late June and running to the end of August. This year’s first concert will be Thursday, June 30.
The seating area for guests attending the concerts will look a bit different this year. A new, tiered hillside has been completed, thanks to the City of Buffalo Parks & Recreation Department and the Parks Advisory Board. Improvements have been on the agenda for a few years, and the tiered-grass approach was decided upon as it was more economical to construct and will be easier to maintain. Watching and enjoying performances at the bandshell from lawn chairs will be safer for all in attendance.
The Concerts in the Park Series has been nearly funded 100% through donations from businesses, organizations, and local families. Donations are always welcome, and may be mailed to the City of Buffalo, 212 Central Ave., Buffalo, MN 55313, or visit the City’s website: www.ci.buffalo.mn.us.
Concerts in the Park and bandshell history
The Concerts in the Park performances started in approximately 1998, by a former City Council member. Concerts were held Thursday evenings in Sturges Park in Buffalo. Since there was no bandshell at the time, the concerts were held on the current basketball court. The concerts were supported by community groups and individuals.
Not too long after the concerts started, a private citizen group was formed with the intent of raising funds for a bandshell, calling themselves the Buffalo Community Bandshell Committee (BCBC). Plans took shape and groundbreaking for the bandshell took place in April of 2002. Work continued through the spring, finishing in time for Buffalo Days.
On Sunday, June 9, 2002, the Buffalo Community Orchestra performed at an inaugural concert, which included a ribbon cutting, held in the new bandshell.
The following year, the City of Buffalo Parks & Recreation Department took over the reins of Concerts in the Park with their first series in 2003. The first summer show, under the tenure of the City of Buffalo, featured the band The Original Knights of Rock & Roll. This band had the pleasure of playing previous years at the park Thursday nights. One of the founding members of that band returns this summer, using the original band name of The Whitesidewalls.
Great Talent lineup for 2022
June 30 - Rockin’ Hollywoods: Celebrating 50 years of performing together, the Rockin’ Hollywoods, have performed over 7500 shows together. The Rockin’ Hollywoods present “Solid Gold Rock & Roll” from the 1950s through the 1980s with an energy and excitement that captivates audiences of all ages.
Formed in 1973, the band utilizes period costuming, very physical choreography and staging, with great vocals and musicianship, gaining them critical and popular praise.
July 7 – JustUs: JustUs is a harmony-rich favorite. An original and dynamic band that brings together a unique blend of rock favorites, country superstars, classic gospel, and contemporary hits. They perform music from multiple genres and decades.
JustUs is locally based around Buffalo and perform powerhouse harmonies and songs that everyone remembers and loves.
July 14 - Doug Allen Nash: Doug Allen Nash, a Nashville recording artist brings the Johnny Cash and Neil Diamond Tribute to the stage. Nash has performed in more than 85 countries while touring for USO, MWR and Armed Forces Entertainment. Doug Allen Nash has performed locally numerous times.
July 21 - A Hard Day’s Night: A Hard Day’s Night, a high-energy, authentic replication of a Beatles performance is considered to be one of the top Beatles tribute shows in the nation. With costume changes, it makes you feel like you’re watching the real Beatles.
July 28 - Mick Sterling presents “A Billy Joel State of Mind”: Billy Joel is truly one of America’s great singer-songwriters, and his catalog is filled with decades full of hits, and he’s still going strong. Led by Mick Sterling, featuring a stellar horn section, full percussion, piano, violin, simply an incredible band.
“A Billy Joel State of Mind” features hits such as “Piano Man,” “Uptown Girl,” “New York State of Mind,” “Big Shot,” and many more. But also features deeper tracks such as “Billy the Kid,” “Zanzibar,” “Easy Money,” “Summer Highland Falls,” “Miami 2017” and many more. This is a powerful statement of the incredible work of Billy Joel handled by a band that Mr. Joel would be proud to front himself.
August 4 - Eddie Korosa Jr. Polka band from Illinois: Eddie Korosa Jr. is a polka band from Illinois. If you watched John Candy in “Home Alone,” he was playing the part of Eddie, and it’s Eddie’s band in the back of a truck in the movie.
August 11 - The Lonesome Losers: The Lonesome Losers are the Twin Cities premiere tribute to Yacht Rock. Covering a blend of soulful smooth soft rock hits that range from1974 to 1984. Featuring music by artists such as Christopher Cross, Ace, Player, Carly Simon, Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, Orleans, Pablo Cruise, Toto, Supertramp, Gerry Rafferty, Climax Blues Band, Grover Washington, Jr., Linda Ronstadt, Nicolette Larson, Steely Dan, Stevie Nicks, Carole King, Captain and Tennille, George Michael, Ambrosia, The Little River Band and so many more.
The Lonesome Losers provide a night of unforgettable talent paired with a one-of-a-kind catalogue of songs that is sure to keep your guests dancing, singing and “reminiscing” all night long.
August 18 - Transit Authority: Transit Authority is the premier tribute band to the music of the band Chicago. This ensemble creates an accurate musical salute to the greatest horn-driven rock band to ever hit the stage. Transit Authority’s mission is to recreate the excitement of the original Chicago’s sound with each and every performance.
Transit Authority has assembled some amazingly talented musicians who meticulously capture all the nuances of the original recordings and will honestly make you believe you are witnessing the real thing. Performing mega-hits such as, “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is,” “Hard Habit to Break,” “Make Me Smile,” “Old Days,” “Just You ‘n Me,” “Beginnings,” “Wake Up Sunshine,” and many more.
August 25 - The Whitesidewalls: Celebrating 50 years of performing together, The Whitesidewalls, close out the concert series season. The Whitesidewalls Rock ‘n’ Roll Revue has been the Midwest’s ultimate 1950s and 1960s doo-wop and rock & roll show band. Featuring five singers playing multiple instruments, the tight harmonies and driving dance beat of the Whitesidewalls are the signature of the Rock ‘n Roll Revue.