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. "We can only sell half the capacity because no one wants to sit behind the stage!"
But it's a concert where sitting doesn't really happen because the grooves keep you moving.