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Music lineup for Burgerfest announced

HAMBURG — As locals meander around the village of Hamburg from noon until 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 19 for Burgerfest, musical entertainment will be booming all day and into the evening.

The Burgerfest Committee is comprised by four different groups: the Rotary Club of Hamburg, the Hamburg Rotary Sunrise Club, the Town of Hamburg Lions Club and the Hamburg Kiwanis Club.

Each group is designated certain responsibilities.

This year, the Hamburg Rotary Club was chosen to orchestrate the music entertainment, in addition to the beer tent responsibilities and the car show.

The lineup has been announced for the 2014 festival.

Live music will span where the festivals activities will be taking place: Main Street, Buffalo Street and the Hamburg Municipal Lot.

The Hamburg Gaming Main Stage will be located at the Municipal Lot; entrances can be found on both Union and Main streets.

Maria Guizzotti is in her third year as entertainment chairman for Burgerfest.

“She went out all year listening to bands,” said Eileen Hotho, publicity chairman for Burgerfest.

Elvis Presley impersonator, Terry Buchwald, will perform from noon-2 p.m.

He became involved in music when he joined a band in 1991. Since, he has sold more than 40,000 CDs and performed for parties ranging from Emmy Award cast parties or NFL Super Bowl events.

“He’s been around for a while,” Hotho said. “He has a huge following. Very popular. Makes appearances all over.”

To learn more about Buchwald, visit www.terrybuchwald.com.

Nerds Gone Wild will perform from 2:30-4:30. According to Hotho. she hasn’t seen the group before “but heard they’re a lot of fun.”

That band will play an all ‘80s set. Guizzotti said, “It’s a fun group. A big party group.”

From 5-7 Tom Stahl and the Dangerfields will perform “folksy, rock songs,” according to Guizzotti.

In previous years the committee has hired Hit N Run, a band native to the Southtowns.

“This year was a little more difficult,” she said, adding that that band was hired to perform a different gig the day of Burgerfest.

“We figured we’d go a whole different route,” Guizzotti said.

The Burgerfest Committee booked JJ Swing (Don’t Let The Name Fool You) to close the night out from 7:30-11:30.

With a five-piece brass section, that performance will be relatable to the sounds of Chicago or Stevie Wonder, according to Hotho and Guizzotti.

“It’s older music but a whole different type of music,” Guizzotti said, adding that she noticed a wide range of ages in attendance while watching the group perform.

On Main Street from noon-4 p.m., catch music from disc jockey Rock ‘n’ Roll to the Rescue at the KeyBank Classic Car Show.

On Buffalo Street, Mike Margerum and the Nickel City Road Show will provide children’s entertainment from noon-4:30 where little ones may participate in hulahoop contests.

Other entertainment at this year’s event will be attractions such as children’s activities and inflatable rides at the First Niagara KidSpace on Main Street, a Tween Zone for older children, a beer tent, a burger-eating contest and the Bed Parade.

Hotho did note that the Character Council Race will kick-off at 10:30 a.m. this year.

Sponsors for Burgerfest this year will include: Hamburg Gaming, Waste Management, West Herr, Key Bank, First Niagara Bank, Lake Shore Savings Bank, Trelleborg, Uncle Joe’s Diner, Community Redemption Center, and Great Harvest Breads.

“There’s a lot going on,” Guizzotti said including various contests, food vendors, bounce houses and a dunk tank to help raise funds for the Wounded Warriors project.

For more information about Burgerfest and the happenings, visit www.hamburgburgerfest.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Burgerfest/124515514228830?ref=ts.
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