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Buffalo River Fest to Welcome Alan Smithwick, Commercial & Brand Ambassador for Sullivan’s Brewing Co.

Alan Smithwick, Commercial and Brand Ambassador for Sullivan’s Brewing Company, will be available to meet and greet beer aficionado’s at the 17th Annual Buffalo River Fest. He will be at the beer tent starting at 6pm on Friday night, at 3pm on Saturday, and at Noon on Sunday. The award winning Malting’s Red Ale by Sullivan’s will be on tap as well.

With his vast experience, knowledge and connections within the beverage industry, Alan Smithwick also brings the inherent credibility of direct lineage to two of Ireland’s best-known brewing dynasties – the Smithwicks and the Sullivans. A great, great grandson of Ireland’s best-known statesman, Daniel O’Connell MP (The Liberator), Alan is also a direct descendant of the founders of each brewing company, both established in the early 18th century and has been the director of Smithwick’s Cash & Carry Kilkenny for the past 25 years.

The Smithwick and Sullivan families were business competitors, but being neighbors in Kilkenny, connected socially, through politics and via marriage, they share an interesting history, not least the tale of how Smithwicks came to acquire their biggest rival. When errant member of the Sullivan family bet and lost the entire business on a horse race in 1918, to the demise of the Sullivan’s business, Smithwick’s subsequently rescued the workforce and subsumed operations into their own brewery, in turn retaining the rights to the Sullivan’s brand name.

Alan Smithwick brings both families together again in the modern incarnation of the Sullivan’s Brewing Company, the combined provenance of some six hundred years of continuous brewing in Ireland. With such a unique passport into the world of brewing, it’s hardly surprising that Sullivan’s Brewing Company recently won the accolade as brewers of the best ale in the world, beating over a thousand beers from 50 countries to win a Championship Keg trophy at the International Brewing Awards with its Malting’s Red Ale by Sullivan’s.

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Buffalo River Fest Park Hosts “The Diva Show” at the Wednesday Night Concert Series

On Wednesday, June 14th Buffalo River Fest Park will host 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 The Diva Show Band.

The Diva Show Band is a top-of-the-line, larger-than-life, high energy group! The band is fronted by powerful female vocalists and backed by equally talented, professional musicians that play guitar, bass, keyboards, and drums. The versatile show band generates an exciting and fun atmosphere that is enjoyed by all ages.

The Diva Show Band will have fans reminiscing through several decades of musical hits. Their dazzling costumes and entertaining choreography recreate the look and feel of each era. Everything from Michael Jackson to Bruno Mars, The Supremes to Britney Spears and Journey to Meghan Trainor. Concert goers will be up and dancing to the best of the 90’s and 2000’s pop hits, 80’s pop and rock, 70’s disco, the psychedelic 60’s, Grease Megamix, and so much more!

For more information on the band, visit their website at www.divashowband.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.

The Wednesday Night Concert Series will feature some of the best local bands playing against the backdrop of the historic Buffalo River and grain elevators. For a full schedule of concerts and events visit Wednesday Night Concert Series Line-up.

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Buffalo River Fest Park Hosts “Wide Right” at Wednesday Night Concert Series

On Wednesday, June 21st Buffalo River Fest Park will host 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 Wide Right.

Wide Right got together in 2009 and won the Buffalo Music Awards “Best New Group ” award that year. Since then they have been nominated in their respective category every year for awards. The band plays something for everyone including current radio hits, classic rock, country, disco, Motown, and more! Band members include Mike Figiel, Ken Kolniak, Bob Taberski, Ed Berowski and Cody McKellar.

Check out a full set list and get more information in the band by visiting their website at www.widerightband.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.

The Wednesday Night Concert Series will feature some of the best local bands playing against the backdrop of the historic Buffalo River and grain elevators. For a full schedule of concerts and events visit Wednesday Night Concert Series Line-up.

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