The Hamburg Village Band performing in Memorial Park in 1922.
HAMBURG — The opening concert in Memorial Park took place in a lantern lit Hamburg village in 1922. The estimated total of attendance was 2,000 people.
For more than 90 years of music in the park, there has been a “long history of doing summer concerts,” according to Mary McKee, deputy clerk for the village of Hamburg.
Village Mayor Tom Moses chooses a lineup from the soliciting musicians and bands that approach him.
“There is a nice mix of big band music and rock music. A couple beach-type bands,” McKee said. Patriotic tunes will play closer to the national holiday.
The concerts are “a really nice family event. It attracts families, some of the older folks that come from Elderwood,” she added.
The concerts will run every Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. at Memorial Park, which is located at Lake and Union streets in Hamburg. An estimate of 500-1,000 people attend. Shows will go on, rain or shine; the designated rain location for the events are at Union Pleasant Elementary School’s auditorium. The school is located at 150 Pleasant Ave. in Hamburg.
Hamburg High School wind and jazz ensembles performed for the June 11 kick-off concert, under direction from Larry Dubill.
On June 18, the Hamburg Village Band, who McKee said has a long-standing tradition with the Memorial Park concerts, will take the stage. For 89 years, that band has been showcasing talent through patriotic music, show tunes, musicals and contemporary selections.
Sponsoring that concert will be Clyde’s Feed and Animal Center, J.P. Fitzgerald’s, Hamburg Knights of Columbus and Saints Peter & Paul Church.
The Road Runners will perform rock ‘n’ roll favorites on June 25. The band features Howie Lapiano on keys, Lisa Saletta on drums, Jeff Pablocki on guitar, Paul Kriedeman on bass, and everyone on vocals.
Sponsors for that event will be M&T Bank, The Sun - Community Papers of Western New York, Lakeshore Savings, and Hamburg Dairy Queen.
On July 2, the Kokomo Time Band will perform classic beach songs, Tex-Mex and oldie favorites from the 1970s. Members include Jim Steffan, Brian Bundy, Jeff McCheski, Spencer Drake, Warren Sischo and Russ Faracci.
The corporate sponsor for that concert will be Affordable General Dentistry. Others include Wetzl Development, and Braymiller Builders.
The Buffalo Niagara Concert Band will be featured for the July 9 show. That band is a conglomerate effort of more than 50 people, comprised by teachers, performers, students and other professionals from the Western New York community.
Sponsors will include the Hamburg American Legion Post 527, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 5, Sons of the American Legion, Sawers & Sackel LLP, Village Veterinary Clinic of Hamburg, and Main Street Ice Cream.
Herd of Buffalo, a frequenter of the Southtowns, will takeover on July 16 to play acoustic rock.
Sponsors include APEX, Benzinger’s Dry Cleaning, Biehler’s Village Liquors, and Prima Oliva.
Tom Stahl & The Dangerfields – acclaimed for folk rock with a side of sarcasm – have performed throughout the area will spotlight the Memorial Park concert on July 23.
Sponsors will include 180 Main Street Associates, Discover Chiropractic, Tim Horton’s/Cold Stone Creamery, and Benz Associates.
On July 30, music from the “roaring ‘20s” will emit from the speakers during 23 Skidoo’s performance. Music will be led by Dick O’Dell.
Sponsors include Elderwood, Mammoser’s Tavern and Nino’s Pizza.
The long-established Boston Town Band will be featured on Aug. 6. Directed by Kyle Kohan, the band will play varieties of marches, patriotic music, show tunes and classical songs.
Sponsoring the event will be Evans Bank, The Evans Agency Insurance, Kitchen Creations of Western New York, and Howard Stoll M.D.
Jim Coupe, Carl Ashley, Joe Schneider, Tony Ozark and Bill Solak of South City will perform Aug. 13.
That event will be sponsored by Hamburg Pharmacy, Thomas Hartnett DDS of Hamburg PC, and Walsh Duffield Cos Inc./Jacob Hauck Agency.
Closing out the season on Aug. 20, will be Crash Cadillac. Oldies, country, sing, classic rock and disco come from the five-piece band.
Sponsoring the event will be Suburban Orthodontics, Big Tree Auto Brokers, Carl W. Morgan P.C., and Vara’s Dry Cleaning.
For more information on the memorial park concert series, visit www.villagehamburg.com
or call 649-0200. The Hamburg Village Hall is located at 100 Main St.