The University at Buffalo is inviting the community onto its South Campus for an expanded summer lineup of events.
Four free summer concerts, kicking off July 17, will be held on the lawn in front of Hayes Hall on the South Campus on Main Street.
"The South Campus is a great community asset and we aim to make it more accessible, so we are rolling out the welcome mat and opening our arms in a way we haven't done in the past," said Vincent Clark, UB's director of community relations.
The concert series -- "UB on the Green" -- is the latest effort by the university's Office of Community Relations to place more of an emphasis on connecting UB to its surrounding neighborhoods.
The university last week announced its sixth annual Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk -- a showcase of gardens in the University Heights and Eggertsville neighborhoods -- to be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Earlier this month, UB and groups from those two neighborhoods announced they've teamed up to offer a community farmers market this summer. It will run every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- rain or shine -- through Oct. 13 in the parking lot north of Allen Hall near Main Street and Kenmore Avenue.
The free music-and-dance concerts are family-oriented, alcohol-free events running from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, beginning July 17 with two Cajun bands. Mumbo Gumbo will perform from 6 to 6:45 p.m., with LeeRon Zydeco playing its blend of funk from 7:15 to 8 p.m.
Le Ballet Touba N'Dame Fall will perform from 6 to 6:45 p.m. July 24, followed by the Rochester-based headliner Garth Fagan Dance.
The Latin Jazz Project will perform from 6 to 6:45 p.m. July 31, while the Wendell Rivera Latin Jazz Ensemble will take over from 7:15 to 8 p.m.
The last concert on Aug. 7 will feature Buffalo gypsy jazz ensemble Babik and a performance by new dance company Lehrerdance.