Thursday at the Square

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John Butler Trio performs at Thursday at the Square on Aug. 2, 2007.

Thursday at the Square is a free weekly concert series held annually from May through August in Buffalo, New York in Downtown Buffalo in Lafayette Square.

History[edit]

The first year of the series was held in downtown Buffalo at the corner of Main and Chippewa. The series has been held in Buffalo's Lafayette Square since 1986. It was originally called Thursday in the Park until its name was changed in 1994. It has grown from a casual showcase of local talent to a professional display of both local and national music acts. Buffalo Place sponsors the concert series that runs every summer from May until September. Every Thursday Lafayette Square is transformed, bringing citizens from nearby suburbs into the city. Several nearby business and bars have capitalized on Thursday at the Square, taking advantage of the increased foot traffic.

Since its inception, all concerts have been free to the public. Coolers, and drinks are not allowed to be brought onto the premises, as the concessions are what keep the concerts free.

Buffalo Place also annually promotes two other free weekend concerts. "Buffalo Place Rocks the Harbor" has featured Saturday and Sunday concerts during one weekend each year since 1998 and is held in Buffalo's Erie Basin Marina. "Buffalo Bike Blast" featured Saturday and Sunday concerts during one weekend each year from 2003 to 2005, and was held at Buffalo's Niagara Square. That concert series was put on temporary hiatus in 2006.

Performers[edit]

1991[edit]

  • 6/13 - The Mamas & the Papas featuring John Phillips, MacKenzie Phillips, Spanky McFarlane and Scott McKenzie
  • 6/20 - Billy McEwen & the Soul Invaders
  • 6/27 - Sattalites
  • 7/04 - (no show)
  • 7/11 - Rocket 88
  • 7/18 - Lance Diamond
  • 7/25 - The Hurricanes
  • 8/01 - Jamie Moses Band
  • 8/08 - The Pine Dogs
  • 8/15 - The Ravens featuring Barbara St. Clair
  • 8/22 - Emory Nash
  • 8/29 - Gamalon
  • 9/05 - The Road

1992[edit]

  • 6/04 - The Guess Who
  • 6/11 -
  • 6/18 - Billy McEwen & the Soul Invaders
  • 6/25 - John & Mary
  • 7/02 - Hopping Penguins
  • 7/09 - Them Jazzbeards
  • 7/16 -
  • 7/23 - J.C. Thompson Band
  • 7/30 - The Fibs
  • 8/06 -
  • 8/13 - The French Ticklers
  • 8/20 - Joyryde
  • 8/27 - Sattalites

1993[edit]

1994[edit]

  • 6/02 - Jamie Moses Band, Nik and the Nice Guys
  • 6/09 - Big Happy Family, Johny Vegas
  • 6/16 - Mr. Conrad & the Excellos, Billy McEwen & the Soul Invaders
  • 6/23 - Pine Dogs, Skydiggers
  • 6/30 - Tropical Explosion
  • 7/07 - Crash Rooster, Tinsley Ellis
  • 7/14 - McCarthyizm, The Waltons
  • 7/21 - Dance or Die, Hypnotic Clambake
  • 7/28 - The Need, Hall of Fame Band
  • 8/04 -
  • 8/11 - Wild Nik West, Stevie Ray Shannon
  • 8/18 - Crumbs of Insanity, Pigfarm
  • 8/25 -

1995[edit]

  • 6/01 - Billy McEwen & the Soul Invaders
  • 6/08 - 10,000 Maniacs with John Lombardo and Mary Ramsey,The Skeptics
  • 6/15 - Otis Rama & the Shama Lama Nik Dongs, Outer Circle Orchestra
  • 6/22 -
  • 6/29 - Boss Street Band, Planet 9 with Kathy Moriarty
  • 7/06 -
  • 7/13 - Morganfields, Plaster Sandals
  • 7/20 - Downchild Blues Band, Willie & the Reinhardts with Dave Constantino
  • 7/27 - Coupe de Villes, Win, Lose or Draw Band
  • 8/03 - Nullstadt, The Tails
  • 8/10 -
  • 8/17 - Marshall Badger Band, Willie May Blues Band
  • 8/24 - Jim Yeomans Band, Dee Dee Tompkins
  • 8/31 - Straight Forward, Bobby Militello Quartet

1996[edit]

  • 5/30 - Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night
  • 6/06 - Spirit of the West, Philosopher Kings
  • 6/13 - Veltri & Morgano Rhythm & Soul Revue, De'Riff
  • 6/20 - Jump Kings, Hit N'Run
  • 6/27 - LeeRon Zydeco & the Hot Tamales, J.C. Thompson Band
  • 7/03 - (Wednesday) Willie and The Reinhardts play when John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band cancel, C.P.R. Band with the Perpetrators
  • 7/11 - Buckwheat Zydeco, Gamalon
  • 7/18 - Lance Diamond, Surfivors
  • 7/25 - Universal Honey, Roadside Attractions
  • 8/01 - Taylor Made Jazz, The Shaft
  • 8/08 - Bobby Militello Quartet, Phil Sims & the Buffalo Brass Band
  • 8/15 - All Stars of Southern Rock featuring the Tolar Brothers, Scott Carpenter & the Real McCoys
  • 8/22 - Ominous Sea Pods, McCarthyizm
  • 8/29 - The Sattalites, Billy McEwen & the Soul Invaders

1997[edit]

  • 5/29 - Boys of Summer, Big Wheelie & the Hubcaps
  • 6/05 - Echo & the Bunnymen, Velour
  • 6/12 - Electric Chick Magnets, C.O. Jones
  • 6/19 - Plaster Sandals, McCarthyizm
  • 6/26 - Chanka Chank Cajun Zydecko Band
  • 7/03 - Barbara St. Clair & the Shadows
  • 7/10 - Moxy Früvous
  • 7/17 - Spirit of the West, Johnny Hart & the Jumpstarts
  • 7/24 - The Be Bops, Gary Lewis & the Playboys
  • 7/31 - Lance Diamond, Scott Carpenter & the Real McCoys
  • 8/07 - Buffalo Swing, Michael Civisca
  • 8/14 - Buckwheat Zydeco, Pine Dogs
  • 8/21 - Only Humen, Billy McEwen & the Soul Invaders
  • 8/28 - Coupe De Villes, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown

1998[edit]

1999[edit]

2000[edit]

2001[edit]

2002[edit]

2003[edit]

NOTE: Cancelled due to severe weather

NOTE: David Wilcox performance was moved to 7/31 from originally scheduled date of 7/27. Flogging Molly was to have been the headliner, but their performance was moved to a nearby indoor venue (and a $5 fee charged) to accommodate the switch of the [David Wilcox]concert.

2004[edit]

2005[edit]

2006[edit]

2007[edit]

2008[edit]

2009[edit]

2010[edit]

2011[edit]

June 30 - August 4: Erie Canal Harbor Central Wharf