It was a little chilly, but the tunes were still hot.

An estimated 150 people spent Tuesday night listening to live blues, folk and classic rock at a “test concert” held at the Widewaters Marina.

The event was the brainchild of First Ward Alderman Thomas F. Grzebinski II and WLVL-AM radio personality Scott Leffler. Both men wanted to create an eight-week summer concert series in the city, so they banded together and decided to give the idea a test run.

The Flyin’ Blind Blues Band, The Road Home and folk acoustic duo Madeleine White and Jeremy Mohr entertained the crowd, who sat on scattered benches and folding chairs from home.

White and Mohr opened for Flyin’ Blind.

“It was a warm reception,” White said. “We got an encore.”

The pair stuck around after their set to hear the other bands. Although they have not been to Lockport music events before, they said they enjoyed hearing the other bands and seeing so many people show up on the first night.

The slight chill didn’t seem to deter the hardy people of Western New York, although Lockport resident Margie Scinta would have liked a cup of coffee to sip during the event.

“If it was last night, it would have been better,” Scinta said. “It was warmer. But this went well.”

Blues fan and Lockport resident Nancy Babis didn’t arrive when the event started, but made sure to stop by for the headline act.

“I love live music,” Babis said. “I’m a blues fan through and through.”

The fan said she saw a number of faces she recognized from downtown. Babis used to attend the concerts on the Big Bridge several years ago.

She expects even more people will come up if the series is held next summer.

Dale Laub and Jeff Lundquist, both of Lockport, also used to attend the bridge concerts. Both really enjoy hearing live music in their backyards.

“I like the idea of having a concert series,” Lundquist said.

“We usually go to the concerts in Tonawanda, but they’re far,” Laub added.

A few little ones even showed up. Lockport resident Denise Austin brought her family and grandchildren with her. She said they enjoyed dancing in the grass.

“I hope we have many more of these next year,” Austin said.

Whether or not that happens depends on Grzebinski and Leffler. Both said after the event that they expect to hold a concert series next summer, provided they can work out the logistics and get a sponsor. The pair used vendor fees this time to cover the $500 it cost to put on Tuesday night’s event.

Leffler was optimistic.

“I don’t see us having a problem with getting a sponsor,” he said.

Some of the planning will entail figuring out what day of the week the events will be held. Leffler said the vendors who attended often work Tuesdays at the summer concerts in Artpark. Grzebinski also is trying not to put the concerts on Wednesdays because of Common Council meetings.

Through his Internet radio station All WNY Radio, Leffler said he is confident he can come up with 24 bands to jam on-stage.

“We’re pretty sure we’re going to do this next year,” Leffler said.

Grzebinski said he was happy seeing a variety of people from all over the county, including folks from Wilson and Olcott.

“What a great event,” Grzebinski said. “I am very, very, very pleased with the mixture of bands and a great turnout.”

Contact Tasha Kates at 439-9222, Ext. 6241.

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