BUFFALO, NY - Many who would travel to Orchard Park for Buffalo Bills game plan to hit the road this weekend for a two-day event in Cincinnati where the Bengals play football. There is one big difference - it's not for football. The 2013 Macy's Music Festival at Paul Brown Stadium keeps growing every year.
It's a road trip that more and more Western New Yorkers take every July to simply enjoy the music and festivities. The festival has been going strong for 51-years. The fact that people will travel nearly seven hours on the road is a real testament about the event. "We are on our way to becoming such a nationally recognized presence. Great news for the Festival and for Macy's, our title sponsor," said Fran Santangelo, one of the key organizers. "We hope in a few years we'll be giving the other big Festivals a run for their money!"
The festival is Friday, July 26 and Saturday July 27. Performers include Charlie Wilson, Jill Scott, Fantasia, Leela James, R Kelly, Morris Day and the Time and more.
When the festival began in 1962, it was called the Ohio Valley Jazz Festival. The list of past performers is a Who's Who list of musical icons, which includes Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Whitney Houston and Stevie Wonder.
Transforming the football stadium into a concert venue has challenges. Santangelo says "where to put the stage and limited seating," as real challenges.