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Jump, jive and wail: Hamburg Music Fest

A Hamburg couple enjoys the sweet sounds of Gruvology at Memorial Park during the Hamburg Music Festival on May 17.
HAMBURG — The Hamburg Music Festival, started in 2009, took the stage across Hamburg on May 17, as 30 bands played in bars, restaurants, streetcorners and two parks. Both Hamburg locals and music afficionados from far afield took to the streets to partake in what some called “The Austin of the East,” for one melodic night.

So that revelers would not have to walk between locations, Buses ran throughout the village, free to those who had purchased a wristband, to keep music-lovers moving throughout village establishments. Many sold food and drink, including festival specials, as well as merchandise for raffle and purchase.

The Saint Francis High School Jazz Messengers (above) were one of the acts that performed at Peace Park on Buffalo Street, during the event.
Despite chilly temperatures, the festival enjoyed strong numbers, with several venues packed elbow-to-elbow well into the evening.

Mason’s Grille 52 was a popular spot as Steve Balesteri churned out his band’s jazzy interpretations of classics and pop songs.
Proceeds from the charity event go to local community organizations “doing actionable good,” such as the Big Tree Volunteer Firemen, Hamburg Central Schools, Special Spaces Buffalo, Warm the Children and more.

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