A ‘good old fashioned street party’ is coming to downtown Niagara Falls
People in downtown Niagara Falls will jump to sultry rhythm and blues, linger over Cajun swamp music and do their best hard rock air guitar this Sunday, August 14, when a section of Queen Street will be transformed into the first Niagara Music and Food. Expo.
The event, recipient of a 2022 grant from the Niagara Falls Cultural Development Fund, will bring a musical taste of New York, Chicago, New Orleans and Nashville to downtown, in what producer Angela Siracusa – who worked with local musician Rick Rose and the Niagara Institute of Music and Arts – said it will be a family-friendly event that will showcase the ever-growing number of restaurants and shops on Queen Street and adjacent streets .
“It’s a good old fashioned street party,” Siracusa said.
Queen Street will be closed for the free event, which will run from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. from Crysler Avenue to Valley Way, and there will be two different stages: one with a New York-Chicago theme featuring native music of those cities like rock and roll and R&B, and one with a New Orleans-Nashville theme with music inspired by the country and blues that those cities are known for.
Siracusa, herself a well-known Niagara musician, hired the bands for the event and also produces the sound for the New York-Chicago stage. She said many local restaurants and shops are getting in on the action and hosting their own events in tandem. For example, Taps Brewhouse will feature live music outdoors, while local restaurants will sell food items inspired by the music played, Siracusa said.
“Everyone is going to create their own fun little events,” she said. Even hair salons and hair salons will be demonstrating outdoors, Syracuse said.
“It’s just a matter of dropping by and saying hello to all the owners on Queen Street,” Siracusa said.
Organizers deliberately avoided bringing in many outside vendors, insisting on keeping it as local as possible, she said. “We’ve always seen a lot of vendors at downtown events, but it’s a street party like it used to be,” Siracusa said. “Right away, we felt that was the theme. It was just real. It’s going to be wonderful,” she said. “It’s going to be fun for all ages.”
The New York-Chicago leg will feature Shake Street at 1 p.m.; Rick Rose and his guests Ryan Lunn and Jacob Pozzobon at 2 p.m.; Breaking Still at 3 p.m.; Evan Rotella at 4 p.m.; Rob Repovs at 5:00 p.m.; and John Krutschke at 6 p.m.
The Nashville-New Orleans Stage will feature new country rock from Marsdale at 1 p.m. featuring Milton Sheridan, Mike Myre, Chris Crawford, Jim Ryan, Glen Martin, Jackson Sheridan and Grant Armstrong; Steve Goldberger and the Gentle Spirits at 2 p.m.; Swamptown Cajun swamp music at 3 p.m.; John Krutschke at 4 p.m.; African Actress at 5:00 p.m.; and Christie Hails at 6 p.m.
The city’s parking services department said street parking is free on Sundays.