For nearly four decades, JoyRyde has brought the best professional musical experience to audiences in Western New York and beyond. JoyRyde was voted “Best Top 40 Group” in 1992, ‘93, ‘94, ‘95, ’99 by the Buffalo Music Awards and, in 2004, was inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame.
Together with the Hitmen Horns, a seamless night of dancing, entertainment, and the best arrangements of Pop, Rock, R&B, Jazz, Blues, Country, and Big Band will keep everyone up dancing! Their set list includes songs by The Temptations, The Beatles, Van Morrison, Chicago, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Aretha Franklin, Bruno Mars, Billy Joel, Frank Sintra, Tim McGraw, and more including some original songs as well.
Band members include: Mike Lacki (Keyboards, Vocals, Songwriter, Arranger, Band Leader); Dick Bauerle (Guitar, Vocals); Steve Truisi (Bass, Vocals); Al Hury (Drums, Vocals); and DeeAnn Tompkins (Vocals). Members of the Hitmen Horns include: Paul Wos (Trumpet); Bob Meier (Trombone); and Al Monti (Saxophone). For more information about the band, visit their website at www.joyrydeband.com.
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 www.thevalleycenter.com.
New this year will be a built in rain date policy. In the event of a Wednesday night cancellation due to weather, the concert will be held the following night on Thursday at the same time.
“The weekly concerts are an affordable, family-friendly way to enjoy the many developments happening on our waterfront. We are looking forward to welcoming thousands of Western New York residents and visitors to our park for another season of the concert series.”- Peg Overdorf – Concert Organizer
The concert series kicks-off with versatile band “The Kensingtons” on May 29th, followed by concert series newcomers “Stoneflower” on June 5th. “Super Charger” performs on June 12th while “Breakaway”, who play both current and classic hits, appears on June 19th. One of the area’s premier live oldies band, “Crash Cadillac”, hits the stage on June 26th to close out the month.
Versatile rock band “Joe & The Shmoes” make their Buffalo River Fest Park debut on July 10th while ‘70’s band “Disco Duck” are set to perform on July 17th. “The Buffalo 5” take to the stage on July 24th and “Breakaway” makes their second appearance of the season on July 31st.
“Wide Right” takes to the stage on August 7th and local country music favorite “West of the Mark” are scheduled for a performance on August 14th. Classic rock band “Back To The Bars” makes their Buffalo River Fest Park debut on August 21st and “Joyryde & The Hitmen Horns” also perform for the first time at the park on August 28th.
The concert series will conclude on September 4th with the perennial favorite – Hit N Run.
The annual Independence Day Eve celebration fundraiser will be held on Wednesday, July 3rd and will feature “The Kensingtons” from 7pm-11pm.