M&T Bank Plaza Event Series

M&T Bank announced the Plaza Event Series will return for its 54th season, once again bringing live music and adding to the vibrancy of Downtown Buffalo. From June 13 through August 17, M&T invites the community to join them outside their headquarters at One M&T Plaza for free lunchtime concerts every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 12:00–1:00 p.m. As the nation’s longest-running concert series of its kind, the Plaza Event Series has a celebrated history of featuring a wide variety of music and performers across pop, jazz, rock, classical, comedy, and more. While the music fills the air of Downtown Buffalo’s streets, food trucks will also be on-site for lunch.

“Nothing compares to the beautiful summers in Western New York, and there’s no better way to enjoy time outside during the workday in Downtown Buffalo than with the Plaza Event Series,” said M&T Bank Western New York Regional President Eric Feldstein. “Since it began in 1969, this concert series has brought music and entertainment to the Downtown Buffalo community, providing a welcoming and lively space for our community to come together, support local artists, and celebrate the city we call home.”

The 2023 concert lineup features community favorites, such as the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Beatlemagic, Terry Buchwald’s Tribute to Elvis, Old School B-Boys, McCarthyizm, and many more, while also introducing brand new performers to the stage, including Silver Xtreme, Rock Angel Band, And We Worship Singers, Dark Horse Run and Boogie Monsters.

The Plaza Event Series also brings food trucks to Main Street. Concertgoers can expect to see this lineup throughout the summer:

  • Tuesdays – KT Caribbean Cuisine
  • Wednesdays – Edgy Vegy Bflo
  • Thursdays – Cheesy Chick

“The stage at One M&T Plaza has been a gathering place in our community for 54 years, and it’s always exciting to see Downtown Buffalo come alive each summer,” said Lynn Waclawek, M&T Bank employee experience program manager. “The lineup delivers a fun mix of local performers, and we encourage everyone who works or lives in Downtown Buffalo — as well as people visiting our hometown — to join us. As we noted with this year’s Plaza Event Series theme, ‘Let there be music.’”

M&T encourages everyone who attends the concerts to share photos, videos, and other moments on their social media platforms through Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, and Instagram using #PlazaEventSeries.

Along with the return of the Plaza Event Series, M&T has also welcomed back the Thursday & Main concert series through their sponsorship for another summer. Free concerts will occur every Thursday evening through the end of July in Downtown Buffalo at Fountain Plaza from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. This sponsorship continues to build on M&T’s support for the Western New York arts community.

The full lineup of performers for the 2023 Plaza Event Series:

Buffalo Bisons’ Week:
Tuesday, June 13th: Flipside
Wednesday, June 14th: Westminster Community Charter School
Thursday, June 15th:  Silver Xtreme

Buffalo’s Real Rock 92.9 WBUF Week
Tuesday, June 20th: Old School B-Boys
Wednesday, June 21st: Rock Angel Band
Thursday, June 22nd: Creek Bend

Power 93.7 WBLK Week
Tuesday, June 27th: McCarthyizm
Wednesday, June 28th: Only Humen
Thursday, June 29th: Denzel Ward & The Cool Platinum Band

Buffalo Business First Week
Tuesday, July 4th: Bank holiday, no performance
Wednesday, July 5th: Bar-Room Buzzards
Thursday, July 6th: The Frankfurters

The Breeze 96.1 Feel Good Variety While You Work Week
Tuesday, July 11th: Carnival Kids Steel Orchestra
Wednesday, July 12th: George Scott Big Band
Thursday, July 13th: Breakaway

Buffalo Toronto Public Media Week
Tuesday, July 18th: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (note: the show begins at 11:45 a.m.)
Wednesday, July 19th: Boys of Summer
Thursday, July 20th: And We Worship Singers

Buffalo Music Hall of Fame Week
Tuesday, July 25th: Rockin’ Robin
Wednesday, July 26th: Unity Band
Thursday, July 27th: Dave Constantino Band

The Buffalo News Week
Tuesday, August 1st: Beatlemagic
Wednesday, August 2nd: Will Holton
Thursday, August 3rd: Dark Horse Run

7-WKBW Week
Tuesday, August 8th: Ramblin’ Lou Family Band from WXRL Radio
Wednesday, August 9th: Mark Mazur and “The Little Big Band”
Thursday, August 10th: Boogie Monsters

Buffalo’s New Country 106.5 WYRK Week
Tuesday, August 15th: Taylor Made Jazz
Wednesday, August 16th: Terry Buchwald’s Tribute to Elvis
Thursday, August 17th: Allykat