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'Thursday & Main' series welcomes Eric Van Houten, Ron Hawkins

In 1987, Buffalo Place and Fountain Plaza hosted the first "Thursday at the Park" concert. Within a year, the after-work happy hour concerts outgrew the space and were moved to Lafayette Square, becoming the popular "Thursday at the Square" weekly concert series.

Now, the newly renamed "Thursday & Main" concert series (formerly Queen City Social) hearkens back to those days with a schedule that mixes top local and regional music talent along national recording artists with Buffalo ties including Willie Nile, who opens the series on June 13.

You'll find familiar names from the "Thursday at the Square" days, including Ron Hawkins, who performed multiple times at the Square with Lowest of the Low. Hawkins returns with a solo show on Aug. 1.

Concerts run from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursdays at Fountain Plaza in downtown Buffalo. Food will be available from such restaurants as Fat Bob’s Smokehouse, Frankie Primo’s +39, and SOHO Burger Bar.

Here is the music schedule:

June 13: Willie Nile and Bruce Wojick

June 20: The Tins, Zak Ward

June 27: Humble Braggers, VR Sunset

July 11: An Evening with Funktional Flow

July 18: An Evening with The Strictly Hip

July 25: Eric Van Houten

Aug. 1: Ron Hawkins, Sonny Baker

Aug. 8: The CPX, TVMTN

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