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Springville, Concord join SCA in revamping Concert Series as ‘Thursdays, Downtown’

Photo Submitted Local indie-rockers The Tins will perform Aug. 1 at the revamped Concert Series in Springville now called “Thursdays, Downtown,” presented by the village, the town of Concord and Springville Center for the Arts.

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Local indie-rockers The Tins will perform Aug. 1 at the revamped Concert Series in Springville now called “Thursdays, Downtown,” presented by the village, the town of Concord and Springville Center for the Arts.

Concerts in the Park have been revamped with a new name, location and expanded activities.
The town of Concord and the village of Springville, now in conjunction with Springville Center for the Arts, will be presenting a free concert series this summer.
Under the moniker “Thursdays, Downtown,” the partnership hopes these weekly events will bring not only great music but also vendors, a farmer’s market and increased business to the area.
“We are excited to present a new venue that will have increased parking and easier access to bathrooms for concert attendees,” said Town Supervisor Clyde Drake. “Come see new artists that we hope will appeal to a larger audience for all age groups to enjoy.”
Earlier this spring, Springville Center for the Arts (SCA) conducted a survey to gauge public sentiment as changes were being considered.
“One of the most interesting things we saw in the survey is many respondents who rarely attended the series, but who took the time to provide feedback and ideas to make improvement,” said Seth Wochensky, SCA director. “It speaks to the pride in our community and the desire to make these concerts successful.”
An overwhelming majority requested that the series be moved to the newer Heritage Park on Factory Street. Heritage Park was conceptualized in 2015 as the village trustees began working to improve the police substation and firehouse at 65 Franklin St. The trustees decided that green space along the tree line and bordering Spring Creek would make an excellent park, and the park could share parking spaces with the Public Safety Building.
At this time the Waterman family donated a gazebo to the village for use in the park. The park and the Public Safety Building were dedicated on Sept. 6, 2017, with the overall plan calling for the theme of the park to reflect the historical and artistic heritage of Springville.
The first year build-out included the enhanced gazebo for performances, restrooms, a picnic shelter, walking trail, accessible parking and an improved SkatePlex.
Mayor Bill Krebs outlined his excitement, saying, “The village is happy that the summer concert series is moving to Heritage Park, a larger venue that will comfortably facilitate the music entertainment as well as related experiences and vendors. The partnership among the village, town and Springville Center for the Arts is enhancing the concert in the park experience.”
The series kicks off Thursday, June 6 with folk and bluegrass inspired festival favorites The Probables. The summer lineup includes Gypsy jazz with The Red Hot Club of Buffalo, country swing with The Skiffle Minstrels and indie rock with The Tins.
“The number one survey response, when asked about genres people, would like to see was ‘All Different Kinds’ and people wrote in innumerable and different suggestions,” Wochensky explained. “It was clear we needed to mix it up.”
Other acts include sultry jazz noir with Carina and the Six String Preacher, a large British-style brass band with the Buffalo Silver Band, klezmer and Latin music with Volver, a New Orleans-inspired street band with Buffalo Brass Machine, Fredtown Stompers playing Dixie and old-time sea shanties and mountain music with Canal Street String Band.
July 4 will feature an Americana Jam at Town Park before the fireworks with Doug Yeomans, Jim Brucato, Nick Kody, Lydia Herren, Ed Croft and John Martz. Hometown heroes the Springville Jazz Orchestra will close out the series on Aug. 22.
Opening acts begin at 6 p.m. and currently include Tuesday Night Strings, students from the music studio of Lauri Skelton, Campbell Brown and Alex Simmons — who are studying at Blue Herren Music — Lost Boy, Noah Koningisor, WNY Fiddle Kids and students from SCA’s various theater programs. There are additional slots to be filled and those interested should contact the Arts Center.
In addition to the music, the park will allow vendors to set up and sell fine crafts or other wares. Jake and the Fatman BBQ will be present on certain nights. Several local produce growers are lined up for a Farmer’s Market with the desire to grow this aspect in the coming weeks. The Farmer’s Market is focussed on locally grown or produced foods.
Local organizations are also encouraged to attend to promote their activities. There are no fees to participate but organizations, vendors or food sellers must contact the Center at 592-9038 to coordinate.
Parents with young children are invited to participate in Spark in the Park!, a free drop-in art program at each concert. Expanding on the Art Center’s very popular creativity program and now with support from the Springville-Griffith Community Education Foundation, this weekly program will feature different activities and stations for children to make art while parents can enjoy the live music.
Heritage Park is located at the end of Factory Street, just off Franklin Street. The park is handicap accessible. Attendees should bring lawn chairs or blankets. Seating is first-come, first-serve.
Concerts take place Thursday evenings with the main acts beginning at 6:30 p.m. and other activities beginning at 6 p.m. In the event of rain, concerts will be moved to Springville Center for the Arts, 37 North Buffalo St., where seating is limited.
The full schedule is available at SpringvilleArts.org or facebook.com/ThursdaysDowntownSpringville.

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