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Starting tonight with Black Rock Zydeco, the Elmwood Village Association will present eight concerts this summer in its 17th annual Picnic in the Parkway series.

All the concerts are free, showcase musicians from the Buffalo area, and run from 7 to 9 p.m. in Bidwell Parkway. The events also offer an array of drinks and foods from different vendors.

Other shows include July 1, Aqueous; July 8, McCarthyizm; July 15, a double bill of Hayden Fogle and the Ambassadors and The Freshwater Four; July 22, The Informers; July 29, Neville Francis and The Riddim Posse; Aug. 5, Sol y Sombra; and Aug. 12, John and Mary and The Valkyries.