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TONIGHT – The VCA Closes Out its Wednesday Night Concert Series with Disco Duck

On Wednesday, September 7th Buffalo River Fest Park will close out their “Wednesday Night Summer Concert Series” at the park, located at 249 Ohio Street, Buffalo, New York. The concert will run from 6:30pm to 10pm and will feature the local band Disco Duck, who will be making their second appearance of the season.

A night with Disco Duck will let you relive the sights and sounds of the ’70’s with Buffalo’s premier retro band! Their set list include songs by KC & the Sunshine Band, Earth Wind & Fire, Rick James, Kool and the Gang, The Commodores, Abba, Diana Ross, and more retro favorites!! They also sing songs by other artists such as Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, James Brown, Elvis, The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Joan Jett, and Neil Diamond. For more information visit the band’s websit e www.thediscoduckband.com.

Admission is free and food and refreshments will be sold at the concert, with all proceeds supporting Buffalo River Fest Park maintenance and other riverfront development. No coolers will be allowed and spectators are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. Parking is free and is available on surrounding side streets.

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The VCA Announces the Date of the 24th Annual “Old Neighborhood” Parade

The Valley Community Association’s signature event – the 24th Annual “Old Neighborhood” St. Patrick’s Day Parade – will kick off on Saturday, March 11th, 2017 at 12 Noon from the Valley Community Center.

The parade will wind through the streets of the historic Buffalo River Community including South Park Avenue, Smith Street, Elk Street, Hamburg Street, and O’Connell Avenue.
Over 100 marching units are anticipated to participate this year, making the “Old Neighborhood” St. Patrick’s Day Parade just as large as the downtown edition!! Marching contingents will include marching bands, floats, social clubs, classic cars, Irish dancers, family clans, fire and police departments, and much more!!

New groups are welcome to march and registration forms will be available after February 1st, 2017 by calling 716-823-4707 ext.4. Previous parade participants will receive registration forms in the mail at the end of January.

Immediately following the parade is the traditional grand Irish “Hooley” featuring live music as well as plenty of food and drink. The “Hooley” runs from 1pm-5pm at the Valley Community Center, located at 93 Leddy Street, Buffalo, New York.

The Hooley serves as a fundraiser for the Valley Community Association’s services and programs, which include affordable child care that is nurturing, educational, and stimulating for children ages 6 weeks and up; academic, social, and recreational programming for school age youth; programs and services for senior citizens that promote socialization and wellness; family support services including a food and clothing pantry, resume preparation, job search assistance, and help navigating the human service system; community events such as the Buffalo River Fest and the “Old Neighborhood” St. Patrick’s Day Parade; and neighborhood beautification projects such as the Buffalo River Fest Park, Mutual Riverfront Park, and Valley Nature Park & Habitat Trail.

1/2 Way TO ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARTY w/ Crikwater on Sept. 9th

On Friday, September 9th Buffalo River Fest Park will host their sixth annual “Halfway To St. Patrick’s Day Party”

This concert will be held at River Fest Park, located at 249 Ohio Street, Buffalo, New York. The event will run from 7pm to 11pm and will feature the local Irish band Crikwater.

Hailing from South Buffalo, Crikwater formed in 2010 to celebrate their Irish roots and collective love for Irish and Celtic Traditional music. Crikwater performs a variety of pub songs, ballads, sea shanties, rebel songs, and other traditional songs. In addition, the band includes a number of traditional tunes (jigs, reels, etc.). Although primarily focused on folk music from the Irish and Celtic traditions, Crikwater also incorporates songs from other traditions and genres, such as Rock, Classical, American and Canadian folk, and Eastern European traditional. They have an energetic roots folk sound with an edge that’s sure to get feet stomping!

Crikwater is comprised of Liam Caulfield (Vocals, Bouzouki, Mandolin, Guitar, Bodhran), Peter Zalocha (Tenor Banjo, 5-string Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar, Vocals, Bodhran), Billy Lewis (Vocals, Guitars), Matt Sperber (Bass Guitar, Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals), and Charlie Coughlin (vocals, fiddle, mandolin).

Over the past six years, Crikwater has played to audiences of all sizes throughout the WNY region and has made it their mission to have fun while working to preserve the venerable folk tradition upon which the modern Celtic rock genre is based. To learn more about the band, visit their website at Crikwater.

Admission is free and food and refreshments will be sold at the concert, with all proceeds supporting Buffalo River Fest Park maintenance and other riverfront development. No coolers will be allowed and spectators are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. Parking is free and is available on surrounding side streets.

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